Tokai Teio: He told me enough! He told me he won the derby!
Rudolf: No Teio, I am your father. note
...and then there are also the magnificent grandparents: Maruzensky to Special Week, Mejiro McQueen to Gold Ship.
- A memorial to a dead horse
- ...who died unbeaten
- A badass retirement facility for Yutaka Take, a famous Japanese jockey
- ...who rode all the lead girls of an anime. For real.
- A potential Cash Cow Franchise
- ...or is that cash horse?
It is also...
In the Umamusume world:
- There is a recent blockbuster movie called Silver, The Lone Ranger. The main characters, Silver Reid and her pinto accomplice Fellah, were known by older generations through their radio and TV exploits.
- Trigger was a strikingly beautiful movie star.
- ... not to mention the actual Wild West cow-horsegirls, who could shoot very well while they ran. Young American horsegirls would grow up listening to the stories of the "Wonder Horsegirls", the generation of horsegirls that made it big in the cowboy film industry.
- Ex- cow-horsegirl Bamboo Harvester became a hit with kids on television, best known by her stage name Eddie.
- Midori no Makibao was about a short, stout little horsegirl trying to succeed in the Twinkle Series.
- On a more tragic media note, the movie Ruffian tells the true story of a prominent American horse girl who did die after breaking her leg at a race. And nearly everyone remembered that movie when Suzuka broke down.
- One notable attempt to bring horsegirls into media spotlight was the Dream Valley series of horsegirl dolls, which even launched with their own tie-in shows about friendship, love, and occasionally beating back the forces of darkness. As of the latest generation in-universe, there's a bit of Magical Girl inspired elements mixed in.
- Centaurs were the Amazons of the greek horsegirl world: a mythical tribe of horsewomen known to dwell in Magnesia and Cyprus, renowned for their strength and speed. After stories of the Centauromachy spread, "centaur" ended up gaining the same connotations as "barbarian" among modern horsegirls.
- There was a powerful and mysterious conqueror in Asia, known only as Genghis-chan, who led her throng of horse girls to control half the continent for a time. Ghengis ended up having two children, which history named as the Two White Horsegirls for their luster, who went through a minor Rebellious Princess phase.
- While that was 800 years ago, Mongolia, where she originally came from, still has a considerable horse girl population and culture, significantly different from that of Europe, America, or Japan. It has its own aesthetic that can be uncanny for others. A Mongolian horse girl can get a fiddle made out of her own tail hairs and happily play it. Their big competiton festival, called Naadam, includes archery and wrestling as well as racing; competitors are Mongolian horse girls. The Mongol Derby is literally 1000 km (600 miles) long; despite its name, it is not age-limited and attracts a lot of international competitors for a unique and dangerous experience.
- Horsegirls are a popular choice for policework, especially in the UK... and of course Canada, where for historical reasons they run the federal police - while finding time for non-competitive, yet dazzling shows.
- They also used to have distinguished places in the military because of their extraordinary speed, though this role has significantly diminished in the twentieth century with the advent of mechanized warfare. War horsegirls retained a penchant for "showing off" when possible. Their military units, rare and valued (because horsegirls themselves are rare compared to humans), had fancy names like Hussars or Dragoons.
- Poland was one of the best countries for horse girl warriors, with a high degree of respect for them in society. The famous Winged Hussars of Poland, many of whom were full-fledged members of the nobility ("szlachta"), distinguished themselves in the Battle of Vienna in 1683. These ferocious women, who routed the Ottoman units (which did include some horse girls too), carried decorative large wings on their bodies. So the modern-day racing runners in fancy (and not very aerodynamic) capes are following a well-established tradition.
- Virginia Stuart was a famous Confederate general who led raids of horse girls.note
- War Horsegirl by Michael Morpurgo is a novel about a horsegirl in the Great War who finds that the world has changed and the supposed glory of old has seemingly given way to gore and despair, with sides so similar each other she ends up changing them for personal attachment, with the general suggestion that human wars are meaningless and foreign to horse girls... and humans themselves if you give it a little thought. The book still gets its fair share of backlash.
- The Pony Express was a relay mail delivery company that employed horse girls. In some European countries, horse girls established the modern organized mail system as such.
- However, outside the military, police, and mail, horsegirls in the past were often consigned to rather unpleasant physical work, drawing upon their extraordinary speed, strength, and stamina. Public attention was drawn to their employment conditions by the autobiography of one Black Beauty, edited (and embellished) by her human friend Anna Sewell.
- Inu Danshi: Coursing Beauty is a popular personification franchise about dogboys participating in races. It was originally made for human girls, but horsegirls ended up becoming a good chunk of the Periphery Demographic due to resonating with the competition aspect. While the bulk of merchandise revolves around the "Greyhound Team", there was a winter-themed side story about sled race dogboys. Horsegirls tend to make crossover fics where they race against dogboys in Skijoring competitions.
- Only Japan has idol concerts for its victorious racing horse girls. It's considered another Widget in-universe.
- This can be shown from canon. In Episode 12 Special Week performs her Winning Live alone. The second and third places in the Real Life race were taken by Indigenous (Ireland/Hong Kong) and High-Rise (Ireland/UK/US/Emirates); it is unclear if Broye may have been second in the anime (Montjeu was fourth in real life), but she is not Japanese either. So Special Week is singing alone because the other girls have not trained to sing a Winning Live, and it would presumably be cancelled if a foreign horse girl won.
- Among humans, "as fast as a horse girl" became a common descriptor for lightning fast people. Athletic girls in track and field or running sports are also referred to as horse girls, whether positively for their speed or negatively to tease them about their hobby.