Women are rarely discussed in relation to the Pony Express. There is no record of a woman ever riding, but it doesn't imply women didn't play a crucial role. A lady in Nebraska Territory opened a shop across from a Pony Express station on Plum Creek....
The only method for women to compete was to enter horses in equestrian sports. There are some successful female horse owners on record. They were awarded with the victory despite the fact that they were most likely not present at the events. Women's events began as late as 1948 and 1952 although they were rarely held during the early years of the games.
Until 1912, when modern pentathlon was introduced, the only way for a woman to compete was in a duel with a man. The winner was the person who scored more hits against her opponent - either by hitting him or by avoiding being hit herself. This is how women participated in the Olympic Games until 1948 when they were allowed to enter regular events too. Even though pentathlon is still used by some countries as a men's event, it can also be competed by women.
In 1956, women were admitted into boxing for the first time. Since then, they have been regularly included in all Olympic boxing tournaments except for 1976 when they withdrew themselves after the bombing of Tiananmen Square. In 2000, they were again invited to participate but only eight nations sent athletes to box instead. Although the number of participants has dropped, women are still allowed to fight under the same rules as the men.
From 1912 to 1948, women could only participate in equestrian events.
There are scant corporate documents for the Pony Express, making it difficult to determine who was truly engaged. Much of what we know about the project is fiction, embellished and modified in stories recounted long after the route was closed. However, through research into government records, patents, and other sources, several facts can be ascertained about the riders and equipment of the Pony Express.
The Pony Express began as a private enterprise, but soon became part of the U.S. Mail Service. Once this connection was made, all rights to operate over federal land were surrendered to the Post Office Department. From its founding in 1858 until its demise in 1861, the Pony Express was a success. However, both President Lincoln and William G. Cooke, one of the founders of the Pony Express, believed that a post office-based service could be improved upon. They advocated for the creation of a telegraph line between California and Washington, D.C., which was passed by Congress in 1862-63. The Pony Express was officially terminated after only three years of operation because of financial difficulties caused by the cost of building and maintaining the western route under such conditions. However, many believe that if Congress had not acted, the Pony Express would have been replaced by something else before the end of its first year.
In conclusion, yes, there are records of the Pony Express.
But it wasn't until the early twentieth century that women were allowed to ride astride. As a result, their exposure to horses throughout the most of human history would have been restricted. Horses were probably considered a'male thing' back then, when they were largely employed for labour and combat.
Today, women account for about 15 percent of riders. That's about 50 million people worldwide. Of those, it is estimated that only one in ten rides astride. The rest still sit in front of them.
The number of female riders is growing, however. In fact, it has grown by more than 20 percent since 2000. This leads some experts to believe that there will be as many as two billion people riding a horse sometime in the next few years.
The majority of riders are in North America and Europe. About 85 percent of all riders live in these regions as well. The other 15 percent travel to places like Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Asia where they can be found working with horses as part of their local culture.
There are several reasons why more women aren't riding. Money is often a factor. It can cost up to $100,000 to learn how to ride. Not every woman can afford to spend this kind of money on her hobby.
Bearing the name of Central Overland California & Pike's Peak Express Company, a system of continuous horse-and-rider relays between St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California, as well as via steamer from Sacramento to San Francisco, California (April 1860-October 1861). The company was founded by brothers William G. "W.G." Cooke and James J. Cooke. They obtained permission from the U.S. Army to use public lands for their relay station near Fort Churchill in western Nevada.
The first transcontinental telegraph line was completed in 1866, but it took another three years for messages to be transmitted across the country by wire instead of by mail carrier or rider. In 1869, W.G. Cooke sent the first commercial message over this new line. It went from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City for the Brigham Young University Archives Department.
In April 1860, two months after the start of operations, the first Pony Express route stretched from St. Louis to Sacramento. The riders covered more than 1000 miles in 30 days at an average speed of 10 miles per day on mostly Indian trails. The service lasted only one year because of financial difficulties. However, it had demonstrated that it was possible to send messages across the continent quickly and reliably. This kind of communication would play an important role in building up settlements in the west.