Women's History Month
March is Women’s History Month and in honor of this we wanted to highlight an equestrian who made history as the first woman to ride in the Kentucky Derby: Diane Crump. She had a love of horses and a determination to compete in a sport that had only just lifted the ban on female jockeys. In 1969, she became the first female jockey to compete at a parimutuel track in the U.S., despite having to be escorted to the starting gate by security guards. During her career, Crump faced many adversities, both from the physical risks of racing and doubting words from others. She kept riding despite these obstacles.

“I was going to ride races and no matter what anyone had to say, no matter the criticism-’you’re not good enough, strong enough, cool and calm enough’- it didn’t affect me. I was so passionate about what I did that I 100 percent ignored it. I never, ever let it be a part of me. I got on with it.” 

You can read more about Diane Crump and her inspiring career below: 

Upcoming Holidays | Celebrations | Awareness Days
March 1st
St. David’s Day: (Catholic) Celebrates Saint David, the patron saint of Wales. 

March 6th
Fast of Esther: (Jewish) A fast commemorating the three day fast in the story of Purim. 

March 7th
Purim: (Jewish) Celebration of the deliverance of the Jewish people as told in the Book of Esther. 

March 8th
Holi: (Hindu) A festival celebrating spring and the divine love of Radha Krishna. 

March 17th
St. Patrick’s Day: (Christian) Celebrates St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. 

March 20th
Ostara: (pagan) A celebration of the spring equinox. 

March 22nd
Ugadi: (Hindu) New Year’s day according to the Hindu calendar

March 23rd
Start of Ramadan: (Islam) Honors Muhammad’s first revelation and is a month of fasting, prayer, reflection, and community. 

March 30th
Rama Navami: (Hindu) A festival that celebrates the birthday of Rama.

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