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Horse Behavior
February 18th, 2020

In celebration of President’s Day, we wanted to highlight some of the USA Presidents who have owned horses and/or been involved in horse racing.

Presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson owned horses and were very proud of them; breeding different types of horses to enhance those bloodlines. They loved horse racing as it was a popular sport during the colonial and early republic period.

George Washington helped to hold races in Alexandria, Virginia. Thomas Jefferson frequently attended race meets at National Race Course in Washington, D.C., located close to the White House. In the 1840-50s, many prominent horses raced there. Andrew Jackson bred racehorses at the Hermitage; managing a race stable throughout his time as President. Jackson’s private secretary and nephew, Andrew J. Donelson was the name used by Jackson when entering races.

Below is a portrait of Andrew Jackson part of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame collection.

Andrew Jackson Portrait .jpg


Collection of National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame