Derby 137 first derby for official artist Lesley Humphrey

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by Amy Stallings

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 5, 2011 at 9:36 AM

Updated Thursday, Nov 17 at 4:21 PM

A little bit about Lesley"s passion for horses from her website lesleyhumphrey.net:

"I’ve been a horsewoman all of my life.  I have always been attracted to equine sports, from riding in gymkhana and point-to-points growing up in the Pony Club in Britain, to show jumping, fox hunting, dressage and eventing in the United States, as an adult."

"For a brief period, when I first moved to Texas with my husband, I was an office manager of a stud farm and race training facility in Kress, Texas, an organization which bred and trained race horses for the quarter horse and thoroughbred industry.  Once, during my lunch hour, as a favor to the trainer, I agreed to gallop a fabulous Kentucky thoroughbred on its way to a new track in Oklahoma, just so I could know what it felt like.  (The quarter horse riders were not comfortable with the 17 hand athlete.)  The stride was enormous; the power and velocity formidable. I could not see (no goggles), nor could I hear anything but the thunder of hooves and heaving of breath.  For a mind-blowing 1.5 miles I endured this, my legs crumbling like jello upon my dismount.  This horse achieved the track record that stood for years at Blue Ribbon Downs, Sallisaw, OK (I believe that was the name of the track) just two weeks later.  It was my first, and my last full gallop down the track on a Kentucky thoroughbred."

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