Harness Racing in Hillsboro - c. 1918


Harness Racing in Hillsboro

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This early action photo shows a trainer driving his sulky somewhere near Hillsboro, Oregon. The photographer has moved his slow-exposure camera to capture a sharp image of the sulky, resulting in abstract blurring of the background. The sulky is outfitted with bicycle wheels, which don't appear a whole lot different than what we see today. The driver carries a long, light whip which is chiefly used to signal the horse by tapping and to make noise by striking the sulky shaft. There are strict rules as to how the whip may be used. As with most harness racing, this horse is a "pacer", meaning that the right front and right hind legs move together. -- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon.

Additional Information

Item Number AA0454
Photographer Unknown
Location Hillsboro, Washington County
Subject Horses, Mules and Oxen, Racing
Decade 1910s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Glass Negative
Size of Original 4.4 x 6.0 inches
Photographer's Number No

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