A bronze sculpture of Hall of Fame jockey Julie Krone, the first woman elected to the Hall of Fame, has been gifted to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame by Krone, artist Linda Stinson and her husband, Michael.
Currently on display in the Museum's Sculpture Gallery, the bronze by Stinson is now part of the Museum's permanent collection. Stinson, a native of Fort Worth, Texas, began work on the piece in July 2016 and completed the clay sculpture in September 2017. It was sent to a foundry for finishing in October 2017 and completed this July. The piece was unveiled in a private ceremony at the Museum with Krone and Stinson in attendance on July 18.
“On behalf of the Museum and its Collections Committee, we are thrilled to share our newest acquisition with our visitors,” said Victoria Reisman, the Museum's curator. “To have a likeness of the first woman inducted into our Hall of Fame exhibited in our Sculpture Gallery is an absolute honor for us. We want to thank Julie, Linda and Michael for this wonderful gift to our collection.”
Krone won 3,704 races and had purse earnings of $90.1 million in her distinguished riding career. In 2000, she became the first woman to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Krone was the first woman to win a Triple Crown race (the 1993 Belmont Stakes with Colonial Affair) and a Breeders' Cup race (the 2003 Juvenile Fillies with Halfbridled). From 1981 through 2004, Krone won 132 graded stakes races.
Stinson began her education at Texas Christian University before transferring to the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. She later earned a Masters' Degree in Art from the University of Dallas, graduating summa cum laude. After teaching art at both the University of Dallas and TCU, Linda began a career of more than 20 years in advertising design, winning numerous industry awards. She then began taking sculpture courses at the Scottsdale Artist School. Other racing projects by Stinson include likenesses of two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome and Peppers Pride, a New Mexico-bred mare who won all 19 of her career starts.
“It has been 25 years since Julie Krone rode to victory in the 1993 Belmont Stakes, the only time in history that a Triple Crown race was won by a female jockey,” Stinson said. “This spectacular accomplishment was just one of so many record-setting achievements in her career. You could say Julie shattered the 'glass ceiling' on the back of a racehorse. In working with Julie on her portrait in bronze, I wanted to create another permanent reminder of her extraordinary life.”
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