Tennessee's Arabian Horse Racing Heritage

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Historically Tennessee's horse breeding industry has received recognition for producing prized Thoroughbred racehorses, smooth-gaited Tennessee Walking horses, and sturdy work mules. Historical accounts, however, largely overlook the contributions of Tennessee horse breeders to the sport of Arabian horse racing. One hundred years have passed since anti-gambling legislation ended Tennessee's reign over the "sport of kings," Thoroughbred horse racing. However, the state has figured prominently in the development of Arabian horse racing. Leading up to the inaugural race event in 1959, and in more recent years as the amateur recreation became a bona fide sport, Tennesseans have had a calculable effect on the creation and advancement of Arabian horse racing in the United States.
ISBN: 9780738543901
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Tennessee
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
A longtime equestrienne, Andra Kowalczyk also has studied the horse's historical role in American society, producing a master's thesis, “Horse Race: Class and Gender, American Cultural Identity Viewed Through Horse Racing,” as well as an entry in the Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture on the state's history of breeding purebred horses. She raises Polish Arabian horses, preserving a sire line imported to the United States as a World War II prize of war. Recently she has ventured into the Arabian racing scene with a colt she bred and raised.
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