Horse Racing in Britain and Ireland

Horse Racing in Britain and Ireland

by Anne Holland
     
 

Historian and experienced rider Anne Holland explores the history of horse racing, from the horses and jockeys, the history and racecourses, to betting and race-goers. The "Sport of Kings," racing dates back to contests between chariots at the ancient Olympics. Racing came to Britain with the Romans, and its popularity, particularly among the elite, led to the

Overview


Historian and experienced rider Anne Holland explores the history of horse racing, from the horses and jockeys, the history and racecourses, to betting and race-goers. The "Sport of Kings," racing dates back to contests between chariots at the ancient Olympics. Racing came to Britain with the Romans, and its popularity, particularly among the elite, led to the creation of the thoroughbred racehorse; and the establishment of a racing calendar with flat races and steeple chases at a plethora of dedicated racecourses around the country. Attending the races is a social activity no longer restricted to the elite, to the point that some racegoers enjoy a day out without every turning to watch the horses race by.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780747812586
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
09/23/2014
Series:
Shire Library Series
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.30(d)

Meet the Author


Anne Holland was a leading point-to-point rider and was one of the first women to ride and win, under National Hunt Rules in the UK. She is now a writer, editor and public speaker and has published a number of books on racing and hunting.

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