Jockey's cap

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A jockey's cap being worn over an equestrian helmet at races in Dublin in 2014.

A jockey's cap is the headgear worn by a jockey in the sport of horse racing. The modern jockey's cap forms part of a jockey's "silks" or racing colours and is worn over a protective equestrian helmet.


The first form of jockey's cap appeared in the late 17th century and was generally made of velvet with a peak or visor and a hatband fastened at the front with a buckle.[1] This early style of cap is preserved in the "State Dress" of the musicians of the Household Cavalry, who adopted it at the behest of Queen Victoria.[2] During the 19th century, a lighter version began to be worn by racing jockeys;[1] it was made of silk in the colours representing the jockey's stable.[3] Modern jockey's caps are made oversized so that they can be worn over a protective helmet.



  1. ^ a b Cumming, Valerie; Cunnington, C.W.; Cunnington, P.W. (2010). The Dictionary of Fashion History. Berg. p. 209. ISBN 978-1847885333.
  2. ^ Toffoli, Garry. "The Guards". Canadian Royal Heritage Trust. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  3. ^ Picken, Mary Brooks (1999). A Dictionary of Costume and Fashion: Historic and Modern. Dover Publications Inc. ISBN 978-0486402949.