Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Jockey Silks Design

In early horse racing jockeys would wear the colors of the person that they were racing for.  The colors would be displayed on their uniforms which are called silks.  Called silks because the early variations were, in fact, silk, today most are actually nylon or lycra.  The colors and patterns that jockeys wear have to be registered  in order to participate in races.  This allowed spectators to be able to tell jockeys apart as well as know who they are racing for, this was before jockeys wore numbers.  While in their earliest iterations silks were merely different colors, today the designs can be quite intricate, ranging from geometric patterns to pictures and symbols.  

Over 28,000 sets of silks are registered with The Jockey Club.  Each of the 28,000 silks that are registered are unique.  Nobody is allowed to race in that color/pattern other then the person that has registered it.  Anyone that races in a registered color races for the owner of that color.  http://www.nzracingwear.co.nz/colour_design.htm is a great site available to look at different color schemes and jockey silks design.

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