About the Author
Myles Neff was a third-generation horseman who began galloping Thoroughbred racehorses on this father’s farm at the age of eight. He became a successful jockey at the age of fifteen, in spite of his 5’10” frame. This was largely due to the edge he learned at the hand of his mentor, George Martin, a jockey in the 1930s and ‘40s, who perfected the early style of race riding in this country. Today, George is credited with being “The All-Time Master of Style.”
Myles was the consummate student, as dedicated and passionate as George himself. He mastered this earlier style of riding and believed it to be the most aerodynamic, balanced, effective and beautiful style of riding the Thoroughbred racing world has ever known. He spent fifty years studying the art of race riding, and was dedicated to sharing his knowledge with today’s riders and trainers, reintroducing the True Original American Style of race riding.
As a professional jockey, Myles rode races from 1960 to 1972. Upon his retirement, he was commissioned to ride, educate and assist in the training of the eventual Kentucky Derby-G1 and Belmont Stakes-G1 winner, Riva Ridge, as well as 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat, believed by many to be the greatest racehorse of all time.
For twenty-eight years, Myles owned and operated The Renasance (sic) Training Center, a full-service Thoroughbred facility in Ocala, Florida. He was the only person ever accredited by the prestigious American Riding Instructors Association of America (ARIA) to teach Flat Race Riding in North America. Myles operated his own jockey school from his farm in Ocala.
He maintained a stable of racehorses and was still actively involved in the Thoroughbred industry, breaking, training, galloping, and even breezing his own horses until shortly before his death in 2011 at the age of 68.