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Christmas Shopping Guide

Updated: 11/20/00

Picking out a Christmas gift for a horse racing fan has never been easier in these days of online shopping. Here are a few places you can pick up a nice gift for someone and have it delivered in time for Christmas.

One of the biggest and most comprehensive sites to visit is the Thoroughbred Racing Catalog which has a wide selection of all types of racing related items from clothing to coffee mugs. I have ordered from them several times and have always found the service to be prompt and the items of good quality. This is always a good place to start if you don't know exactly what you want.

My personal picks for a nice gift for a racing fan?
  • Breeders' Cup: Thoroughbred Racing's Championship Day - a wonderful book by Jay Privman with tons of great photos from all the past runnings of the Breeders' Cup as well as a great history of the event.
  • Champions - a great book from the DRF for the racing history fan with lifetime past performances for 487 champion horses.
  • Bucket Babies - These cute bean bag horses help support real-life retired racers at ReRun. Styled to look like their namesakes and come with a feed bucket and adoption papers with a halter and blanket available as accessories.
  • The Derby Time throw - I have this throw and it is a really beautiful piece and this picture does not do it justice.
  • Gallop Racer - If you have a Sony Playstation this is the game for you!

If you want some light reading to relax after you finish shopping, check out my Christmas special with some horse racing Christmas poems, stories, and more.


Catalog Sites

Collector's Gallery
All types of horse racing and equine gifts including clothing, jewelry, prints and original art.

Equestrian Dreams
All kinds of horse related gift items.

Equestrian Mall
Horse related gift items of all types plus tack and practical items.

Exceller Fund Gift Shop
Clothing, mugs, and mouse pads with Exceller on them plus other gift items for sale or auction. Buy gifts and help rescue horses at the same time.

Exclusively Equine
Books, photos, prints, videos, and more from the Blood Horse.

The Gifthorse
Clothing, art, jewelry, and more from the giftshop at Del Mar.

Horse and Hound
Nice selection of high quality decorative items with a racing theme.

Jockey Club Interiors
Quality furnishings, jewelry, and gifts for horse enthusiasts.

The Paddock Room
A great store in Ocala with all kinds of horse and horse racing related items from clothing to jewelry to prints.

Party Kits & Equestrian Gifts
All kinds of gift items from clothing to jewelry to Kentucky Derby souvenirs and collectibles.

Quillen Leather & Tack
Besides tack they have other gift items like belts, key tags, etc.

ReRun Christmas Shop
Buy a gift and help support this ex-racehorse rescue organization. Clothing, mugs, and Bucket Babies.

Santa Anita Gift Shop
Items of all types from their Champions! gift shop. Very nice selection.

Steed Limited's Gifthorse
Clothing, jewelry, and other horse and racing related gift items.

Thoroughbred Racing Catalog
Everything from clothing to jewelry to decorative items. I can always find something I want here.


Jewelry

Collector's Gallery
Their jewelry section.

Dotti and Company
All types of equestrian jewelry and also framed equestrian art. Lots of neat racing related items.

Geo. C. Richards & Co.
Kentucky Derby jewelry, julep cups, and giftware. Attractive page.

O'Neals Jewelry
Cameo, 14kt, and sterling silver equine and racing related jewelry.

SportsWatches.Com
Nice watches with a thoroughbred or a harness horse on the face, can be personalized too.

Thoroughbred Horse Enamel Pins
Enamel pins of famous horses of the 1800's.

Thoroughbred Racing Catalog Jewelry Section
A nice selection of jewelry from costume to 14K gold.


Art and Photos

Action Games
Offers Quarter Pole and Hooves of Thunder games plus vintage art and stained glass creations.

Back Door Antiques and Collectibles
Nice selection of wire photos for sale

Cortez Saratoga Collection
Beautiful fine art prints by artist Jeness Cortez. Rather slow to download because of the heavy graphics but worth the wait. Also has a nice selection of equine Christmas cards.

Doug Prather Prints Kentucky Collection
Large graphics so it might be a slow download, but some gorgeous pictures!

Equineart Presents Fred Stone
Posters and prints of famous racers by the great equine artist.

The Festival Gallery
All types of Derby and Breeders' Cup posters and prints by various artists.

Field Galleries UK
Beautiful English racing prints by Sue Wingate. Also has some Christmas cards, worth a look.

FindIt UK Pictures & Prints
Large collection of racing prints for sale, most with nice large size images to view.

Fur Sure
Greeting cards (including Christmas), art, posters, and giftware.

Lafayette Ragsdale Watercolor Artist
A selection of prints with several racing ones available.

Moonlight Photography
Great Saratoga racing photos to view or buy from photographer Guy Biegler.

R.J. Morrisey Online Exhibition
Online gallery of racing art by R.J. Morrisey courtesy of Jollay and Stewart, Attorneys, P.A. Nice paintings including 3 of Secretariat and many are for sale.

Sharon Crute Equine Artist
Gorgeous paintings and a part of any sale goes to United Pegasus Foundation.

Thoroughbred Memories "Gallery of Champions"
Beatiful photos to view or purchase. Many famous horses of the past and present are shown.

Thoroughbred Racing Catalog Art Section
Serveral prints and posters by various artists, both framed and unframed. Also be sure to check their selection of sculpture.


Books, Videos, and Games

About.com Book Reviews
Reviews of selected books, all are excellent gift ideas.

About.com Horse Racing Video Store
Selected horse racing movies, documentaries, and instructional videos.

Action Games
Offers Quarter Pole and Hooves of Thunder games plus vintage art and stained glass creations.

The Book Stable
Equestrian books, videos, and magazines

Countryman's Horse Books
Used, rare, and collectible horse books, including horse racing and breeding.

Daily Racing Form
Books, videos, CDROMs, and DRF logo clothing and accessories.

Equine Research, Inc.
Books and videos, mostly veterinary or general horse info but some are on racing and breeding.

Exclusively Equine
Photos, books, videos, and reference material from the Blood Horse.

Gallop Racer
If you have a Sony Playstation this is the game for you!

Gamblers Book Club
Large selection of thoroughbred and harness racing books available via mail order. Click the "COME ON IN" link to view the books.

The Horse Information Center
Russell Meerdink Co., a publisher and seller of equine related books, videos, and other merchandise.

RacingBooks.com
All kinds of horse racing books including handicapping, history, training and fiction.

Thoroughbred Legends
Biographies of famous race horses.

Winsports Shopping Mall
Horse racing and handicapping books, videos, and software from the publishers of American Turf Monthly plus various other mechandise.


Collectibles and Souvenirs

Breeders' Cup Merchandise
All kinds of officially licensed Breeders' Cup souvenir merchandise plus the Y2K Derby glass is already available here!

Breeders' Cup Merchandise
All kinds of Breeders' Cup souvenir merchandise from the official Breeders' Cup store.

Daily Racing Form
DRF logo clothing and accessories as well as books, videos, and CDROMs. They also have a special for Christmas.

The Derby Glass Page
Horse racing collectibles with an emphasis on glassware.

Equestrian bronzes and collectibles
Antique and collectible dealer in Maryland who sells reproduction bronzes and horse racing collectibles. Has a neat Man O'War mousepad!

Geo. C. Richards & Co.
Kentucky Derby collectibles and giftware. Attractive page.

The Hambletonian Gift Shop
All sorts of items for the harness racing fan that commemorate the Hambletonian and the Breeders Crown.

Impressions of Saratoga
Officially licensed collectibles for Saratoga and the Triple Crown races.

The Model Equestrian
Resin, porcelain, and bronze figurines of famous horses.

Racing Legends Commemoratives
Great site with some really rare and interesting memorabilia for sale. You can actually buy Man O'War's saddle from his 3 year old campaign!

US Trotting Association Giftware
Christmas cards, shirts, mugs, and caps for the harness racing fan.

Good luck with your holiday shopping! I hope you find all the perfect gifts and get finished early so you can enjoy the season.

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