View Full Version : whips! (help a h/j person)

Aug. 23, 2009, 12:55 AM
Where do jockeys get the really good whips they all seem to have? Many of the whips sold in H/J land suck, frankly, and all the good riders seem to have whips they got "from the track." Where do they come from?

(I imagine it seems a little weird to be interested in whips, but I would rather hit a horse once and get the point across than flail away with the little sticks that pass for crops in most h/j tacks shops.)


Aug. 23, 2009, 01:03 AM
Local race tracks tack shops - well, at ours the Jock's Room has them made up, by length, weight and colour choice.

Aug. 23, 2009, 12:24 PM

Blinkers On
Aug. 23, 2009, 01:35 PM
I have mine made to what I like. I like a thick one with a fair bit of wiggle. They use my old whip as a model

Aug. 23, 2009, 03:43 PM
Worth noting that both Saratoga and Del Mar have imposed requirements with allowable whips for each 2009 meet ...

Del Mar:

Aug 11 Union Tribune (San Diego) "Old whips banned at Del Mar Racetrack" (http://www3.signonsandiego.com/stories/2009/aug/11/old-whips-banned-del-mar-racetrack/)

The new whips typically cost $55 to $85, about 30 percent more than the older ones. Craig Fravel, executive vice president of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, which operates the summer meet, said the club is providing $60 whips to jockeys who can't afford them.


Aug 17 Times Union (Albany NY) "Jockeys endorse softer whips " (http://www.timesunion.com/ASPStories/Story.asp?StoryID=831786&LinkFrom=RSS)

"They are a lot easier on the horse," rider John Velazquez, chairman of the board of directors of the Jockey Guild, said after the second race Sunday. "These whips are very padded and very light. We'll have to get used to them."

The new riding crops conform to the Association of Racing Commissioners international model rules and The Jockey Club Safety Committee's recommendations.

Aug. 24, 2009, 10:32 AM
It helps to have a dad that used to be a jockey! That's how I got mine. :D I hope to never lose it.

I found this one on Big Dee's website. They have quite a bit of racing equipment and they're reasonably priced.