Interview with Thomas P. Embry, October 5, 2007

Project: Horse Industry in Kentucky Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

Thomas "Tom" Embry, born in 1930, was raised on Briar Hill Farm where his grandparents and mother worked. He began working on the racetrack as a teenager and describes his lifelong career with horses as an exercise rider, groom, and assistant trainer. Embry shares stories of his childhood, of breaking yearlings for farms such as Forest Retreat, and working for Hamburg and Overbrook Farms after leaving the track in the 1980s. Embry also talks of the Plug Horse Derby held on Labor Day at the Red Mile in Lexington and shares stories of life on the racetrack. He reflects on life during segregation and the opportunities for African Americans in the horse industry. A Korean War veteran, Embry describes his war experiences.

Interview Accession

2007oh202_hik035

Interviewee Name

Thomas P. Embry

Interviewer Name

Kim Lady Smith

Interview Date

2007-10-05

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Embry, Thomas P. Interview by Kim Lady Smith. 05 Oct. 2007. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Embry, T.P. (2007, October 05). Interview by K. L. Smith. Horse Industry in Kentucky Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Embry, Thomas P., interview by Kim Lady Smith. October 05, 2007, Horse Industry in Kentucky Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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