Christmas Shopping Guide
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?
- The Derby Time throw - I have this throw and it is a really beautiful piece and this picture does not do it justice.
- Dick Francis Mysteries Box Set - a set of 3 VHS videos of movies made from Dick Francis books.
- Four Seasons of Racing - a gorgeous book of racing and farm photos by Barbara Livingston
All types of horse racing and equine gifts including clothing, jewelry, prints and original art.
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.
Thoroughbred Racing Catalog
Everything from clothing to jewelry to decorative items. I can always find something I want here.
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.
Horse Racing Jewelry
14K gold charms or pendants. One of a thoroughbred and one of a trotter.
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
Offers Quarter Pole and Hooves of Thunder games plus vintage art and stained glass creations.
Autographed Sports Photos
A beautiful photo of Skip Away winning this year's Breeders' Cup Classic autographed by jockey Mike Smith. Also has one of Favorite Trick winning the Juvenile autographed by Pat Day here.
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.
Kinetic Kentucky Derby Photo Collection
Official archive of photos from the Kentucky Derby. Derby photos from any year are available, although the prices seem a bit high.
Lafayette Ragsdale Watercolor Artist
A selection of prints with several racing ones available.
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.
Books and Videos
The Book Stable
Equestrian books, videos, and magazines
Cindy's Book List
A comprehensive list of available horse racing books including handicapping, history, training and fiction.
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.
Photos, books, videos, and reference material from the Blood Horse.
Gamblers Book Club
Large selection of thoroughbred and harness racing books available via mail order.
The Horse Information Center
Russell Meerdink Co., a publisher and seller of equine related books, videos, and other merchandise.
All kinds of horse racing books including handicapping, history, training and fiction.
Winsports Shopping Mall
Horse racing and handicapping books from the publishers of American Turf Monthly.
Collectibles and Souvenirs
Breeders' Cup Merchandise
All kinds of Breeders' Cup souvenir merchandise
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.
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.
US Trotting Association Giftware
Christmas cards, shirts, mugs, and caps for the harness racing fan.
Mining Co. Holiday Shopping Special
If you are looking for more mainstream gifts, many of the Mining Co. guides have put together online shopping guides that have been collected here.
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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