Sylvia Rideoutt Bishop: Had A Way With Horses (Hardcover)

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A Pioneering African American Woman’s Career Training Race Horses

Sylvia Rideoutt Bishop (Oct. 5, 1920-Dec. 27, 2004) was one of seventeen children born to a West Virginia family whose ancestors were enslaved. Sent to live with a nearby childless couple as a toddler, she was indulged with fancy dresses and one mesmerizing pony ride that changed her life. Her love of horses took her to the Charles Town racetrack at age fourteen to work as a groom, hot walker and then trainer, all the time fighting sexism and racial bigotry against a backdrop of the swirling Civil Rights movement. She prevailed to break barriers, shatter stereotypes and celebrate countless transforming victories in the winner’s circle with many wealthy clients. As a single mother after two failed marriages, financial reality forced her to take on extra work in the shipping department at a nearby Doubleday publishing factory. Never wavering in her passion, she returned to the track to train horses at age eighty. And finally, with little fanfare, she was honored for her pioneering accomplishments as the first black woman licensed to train racehorses in the United States. This never-before-told story will bring to life Sylvia’s love of horses and demonstrate her resolve and grit in confronting a litany of obstacles.
Sylvia Rideoutt Bishop traveled the half-mile track racing circuit near Washington, D.C. and made her mark long before the tennis-playing Williams sisters or Olympic track star Jackie Joyner ever made the evening news. Well past nightfall, she checked on her charges, often mixing poultices for their aching legs and constantly demonstrating her wonderful way with horses. And, now her grandson is carrying on her legacy in racing.

About the Author

Vicky Moon is a writer, editor and photographer. She ‘s chronicled the lives of the famous and the not so famous and covered major murders and prominent lives for People Magazine and The Washington Post. She writes a monthly life-in-the-Virginia-countryside column “Over the Moon” for Washington Life magazine. She’s reported on hunt balls, steeplechase races, and parties from Palm Beach to Saratoga Springs for Town and Country and Millionaire magazines. She’s written about homes and gardens for Veranda and Southern Accents and served as a contributing editor for House and Garden. She appeared on the A&E network’s “City Confidential” and served as a producer for Dominick Dunne’s “Power, Privilege and Justice.” This is her tenth book, many involving horses and racing.

Praise For…

In discovering Sylvia Bishop's story and telling it in compelling detail, Vicky Moon takes us on an only-in-America journey that moves from slavery to freedom, from despair to joy, from obscurity to glory. -Dave Kindred-award -winning sports columnist (Atlanta Constitution and The Washington Post) and author.

It's remarkable that the inspiring story of Sylvia Bishop has never been told-until now. As our nation examines the impact of women and minorities on all aspects of our history, the timing couldn't be better. Vicky Moon is my go-to-author, journalist and historian on many subjects, not the least of which is horse racing. She is the perfect person to tell this riveting story. Christine Brennan-USA Today sports columnist, NPR commentator, ABC News and CNN Contributor and best-selling author.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780961768386
Publisher: Country ZEST
Publication Date: December 1st, 2020
Pages: 198