African Americans in the Horse Industry

In conjunction with the International Museum of the Horse, the Kentucky Historical Society is featuring the interviews, photos, and artifacts that tell the story of African Americans in the horse industry. We invite you to share memories from all horse-related occupation and recreation with any horse breed.

Stories ⋅ June 7, 2018

Phillip Jones Trophy

This trophy was awarded to Phillip L. Jones, owner and trainer of the horse Jerry Berry Jack, who

Photos ⋅ June 24, 2019

Severa Jacobs Oral History

Severa Jacobs recollects highlights from her father’s career as a horse groom. Her father was Carlos Manuel Miyares, a Cuban who moved to northern Kentucky and began his career at Latonia race track. Ms. Jacobs shares stories of how Mr. Miyares was treated differently than other African Americans because of his accent, and his goals

Audio ⋅ July 11, 2019

Oral History Interview with William Maxberry

William Maxberry talks about his family, education, starting in the horse industry, being an exercise boy, traveling with

Audio ⋅ April 3, 2019

Oscar Dishman, trainer of Federal Chief

Federal Chief wins at River Downs, 6/27/1966 (Oscar Dishman on far right). Photo courtesy of Kentucky Derby Museum.

Photos ⋅ June 18, 2019

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.

Photos ⋅ March 29, 2019

Beauford Hall and Saddlebred Horse

Photo courtesy of Sherman and Anna Greene Beauford Hall was a professional horse trainer and had what his niece Anna Greene referred to as a “baby farm” in North Middletown, Kentucky. Beauford Hall lived from 1902 until 1991, and was also referred to as Preacher Hall. Anna Greene’s husband Sherman contributed this photo of unknown

Photos ⋅ May 31, 2019

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.

Photos ⋅ March 29, 2019
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