Nightline cameras recently took a tour of the North American Racing Academy, where the senior class of 12 (11 of whom are female) is preparing to graduate. The women face long odds, as Nightline notes only 10 percent of licensed jockeys are female, just two of whom are on the list of the top 100 riders in the country.
“No princesses,” summarized Marissa Yetter. “You've got to be one of the guys.”
In addition to the gender gap, ABC reported on the risk of injury that the students will have to overcome to reach their goals.
“[Racing] is a lot more dangerous than NASCAR, or parachuting, or sky diving,” said NARA founder Chris McCarron. “I think if you talk to any kind of accident insurance provider, they would agree.”
Yetter said she doesn't worry—for her, the experience is worth the obstacles.
“When you're on that horse, they're running for you, and you can feel that. And they love it.”
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