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Thompson, Jackie

(born: 1926  -  died: 2007) 

Jackie Thompson was born in Lexington, KY, the son of Leonard Thompson. He was the oldest working horseshoer in Lexington, KY when he died in 2007.

Thompson shod the winners of five Kentucky Derbys: Dark Star, Proud Clarion, Dust Commander, Gato Del Sol, and Swale. He was an excellent farrier, highly sought by those in the racehorse industry.

In 1982, he was inducted into the International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame at Churchill Downs and in 1989 was recognized by the International Equine Podiatry Association.

For more see, M. Wall, "Legendary farrier shod 5 Derby winners - Jackie Thompson 1926-2007," Lexington Herald-Leader, 9/06/2007, City&Region section, p. C1; Jackie Thompson, Iconic Thoroughbred Horseshoer, Has Died in Lexington, at The Hoof Blog, Sept. 6, 2007; and his obituary in the Lexington Herald-Leader, Sept. 16, 2007.

See a photograph of Jackie Thompson at the KET World of Our Own website.

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