“Women of the Turf,” an exhibit honoring women in Maryland and beyond who have excelled in all aspects of equestrian sport, including thoroughbred farm owners, trainers, jockeys, and journalists, will open on Friday, October 4 from 5 to 7 PM in the Hays-Heighe House at Harford Community College.

A reception and award presentation will follow in the Chesapeake Center from 7 to 8:30 PM. Meet special guest Kathy Kusner, the first licensed female jockey in the United States and winner of several gold and silver Olympic equestrian team and individual competitions. Celebrate photojournalists Cappy Jackson and Lydia Williams, the 2019 recipients of the Robert and Anne Heighe Award for Excellence in Equestrian Journalism.

For more than four decades, Cappy Jackson has been a professional photographer. While she has photographed for the international fashion industry and the NFL, she is best known for award-winning equestrian photography. Jackson’s work has appeared in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, and GQ, and appears regularly in Western Horseman, Horse & Rider Magazine, and Practical Horseman. Jackson became an assistant to Peter Winants, the staff photographer for Maryland Horse, when she was just 14. Much of her early work is in black-and-white, and her emphasis is on unobtrusive photojournalism. She covered equestrian events at the Olympics in the 1970s and 1980s, and continues to do commercial work today for clients such as ABC Sports and Budweiser.

Despite a day job in another industry, Lydia A. Williams had a passion for the track. She formally combined her two loves, photography and horses, when her photograph of J.O. Tobin at Santa Anita was published in The Maryland Horse. Since then, her work has appeared in Sports Illustrated and The Baltimore Sun, and could formerly be found in the pages of The Thoroughbred Times and Maryland Horse. Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred, Bloodhorse, and Daily Racing Form continue to rely on her photographs.

The “Women of the Turf” exhibit pays homage to the many women in Maryland and beyond who have left their marks in a wide variety of equestrian disciplines. Curated by Maryanna Skowronski, director of the Historical Society of Harford County, the exhibit features a “hall of fame” highlighting the lives and careers of many prominent and often overlooked horsewomen. It also features an historical overview of women’s participation in equestrian sports. Images by photojournalists Cappy Jackson and Lydia Williams, the 2019 recipients of the Robert and Anne Heighe Award for Excellence in Equestrian Journalism, will be on display in galleries that focus on their lives and work.

Tickets to the October 4 opening, which cost $50 and include heavy hors d'oeuvres and beer/wine, are available at

The “Women of the Turf “exhibit will be on display from October 4 through December 20, 2019. Exhibit hours are Tuesdays, 1-3 PM; Thursdays, 3-5 PM; and Fridays, 10 AM to noon. Admission is free, except for the opening on October 4.

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