Oral History Interview with William Maxberry

William Maxberry talks about his family, education, starting in the horse industry, being an exercise boy, traveling with the horses, people he has worked with and for, being a groom, and African Americans in the horse industry.


Riding jacket, Oscar Dishman, Jr.

Oscar Dishman, Jr. (1923-2000) was an African-American thoroughbred owner and trainer from New Zion in Scott County, Ky. He was one of four sons of Oscar Dishman, Sr. and Anna Henderson. The younger Dishman got his start in horse racing in the 1960s. By his heyday in the 1970s, Dishman was training up to 35 horses at a time and working with jockeys such as Bill Shoemaker, Bill Hartack, Pat Day, and Eddie Delahoussaye. Training the winning horses for the 1973 Michigan Mile, Ohio Derby, Hawthorne Stakes, and the Widener Handicap (1977-1978) are among the highlights of his career for which he was awarded the Black Achievement Award in Lexington. He owned an interest in ten different horses as well. This jacket bears his personal stable colors.


Man and child with horse

William B. Ogden Studio, creator. “Man and child with horse, possibly William Harbut,.” Photograph. Winchester, Ky., ca. 1920s – 1940s. Kentucky Historical Society: William B. Ogden Negatives.