I explain each piece of jockey equipment, how it is used and how it came about, then I pass it around the room while I continue to demonstrate more items.
As I am demonstrating, people ask questions about the equipment or the piece I am currently showing, and the discussion continues. In the end, I invariably find myself limiting the final number of questions and wrapping up due to overunning the time constraints of the event. There is much interest in my equine experience, and horses, in general.
“Janice served as as engrossing component of a workshop for 40 Older Girl Scouts, addressing non-traditional careers for women… Her laid-back but commanding presentation style, as well as the hands-on materials and fascinating subject matter she provided, greatly enhanced our workshop…” ~Emilia Crotty, Program Specialist, NYC Older Girl Scouts
Here is a sampling of places at which I have spoken:
- Anna House Middle School Career Day
- North Shore Towers VIP Club
- Cohen Children’s Medical Center
- Ronald McDonald House of NY Fundraiser
- South Queens Boys and Girls Club
- Northport Veteran’s Administration Night Out
The topics of the Presentation vary with each talk and each group. The questions have been about the horses themselves, the weight of the jockeys and how they keep their weight down, how much the jockeys get paid, how to bet on the races, how the horses live on a daily basis, such as what do they eat, how and when they are fed, and what happens with all that manure? The topics are numberless, and there is always an abundance of interest and inquiry with my Jockey Presentations.
The items I present are my jockey saddles, my helmet, my helmet cover, jockey boots, whip, vest, jockey pants, silks, rubber bands, and goggles. I also go over how jockeys change goggles in a race once the goggles get dirty.