Jargon Buster: Weight allowance and other key terms explained

The weight allowance scheme for female riders in France means that in all races, bar Listed and Pattern Races, (see glossary below) horses ridden by females will carry 2kg (roughly 4lbs) less in the saddle than would be the case if that same horse were to be ridden by a male jockey. Horses are allocated…

Gender equality in racing: A global perspective

Battle for the Saddle takes a look at how female jockeys are revered in countries across the globe, and considers to what extent British racing falls behind in its approach to gender equality. With the introduction of the Silk Series last year, and the establishment of racing’s first Diversity Steering Group, it seems that British…

Survey Results: Rejection of weight allowance

The results of Battle for the Saddle’s survey are in, with the majority of people stating they would NOT like to see a weight allowance for female riders introduced in Britain. Just shy of 70% of respondents rejected the proposal, citing a wide variety of reasons for their decision. Not a single jockey who responded…

Bryony Frost calls for a weight allowance to be introduced in Britain

Jockey Bryony Frost has revealed she would “push hard” for a weight allowance to be introduced in Britain for female riders, Battle for the Saddle can exclusively reveal. The 22-year-old has made a huge impression since turning professional at the start of the season, becoming only the second female to ride a Grade One winner…

Jockey Aidan Coleman: “Not long before it’s a fair game”

Top jockey Aidan Coleman has revealed he feels horse racing is moving closer towards equality, despite the sport remaining cut throat for both genders. In an exclusive interview with Battle for the Saddle, the Welsh Grand National-winning rider spoke of the difficulties of the game, before affirming that females in racing are no longer at…

Clare Balding calls for racing to increase its diversity

Clare Balding has revealed she feels that racing could do significantly more to increase its diversity. The former horse racing presenter made the claims after learning the BHA has set up its very first Diversity In Racing Steering Group, tasked with supporting the industry in its efforts to enhance its diversity and inclusivity. Clare, sister…