Scholars say that riders from the Turfan region in northwest China 3,000 years ago displayed similar behaviors to today’s riders in neighboring Kirghizia (pictured here).

Evidence of ancient mounted balls games unearthed

Balls found in graves of horses suggest that mounted warriors in Central Asia 3,000 years ago played games to keep themselves fit.

Sandy Schleiffers (left) & Penny Ann Early (right), Hollywood Parl, 1969

Kentucky Derby Museum's "Right to Ride" Exhibit Opens Oct. 16

Museum staff obtained 20 hours of oral history interviews with female riders.