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Artefact: Horse Racing Saddle
Accession #: 88.15.03
Year: 1950s - 1960s


This saddle was used by horse racing jockey and honored member Jimmy Fitzsimmons. It is a thoroughbred racing saddle designed specifically for jockeys. Because of the diminutive stature of jockeys, saddles like this also very small and lightweight in order to maximize speed on the race track. Horse racing has a long and rich history. The governing body of the sport, the Jockey Club, was created in 1750. The three most important races in Canada are called the Canadian Triple Crown. These races are: the Queen’s Plate, the Prince of Wale’s Stakes and the Breeder’s Stakes. Fitzsimmons was the winner of the Queen’s Plate in 1962 and 1964. He also rode the famous Canadian champion racehorse Northern Dancer