Have you ever heard that horse races took place more than 500 years ago, in 1519? It’s hard to think Kiplingcotes Derby is over 100 years old. What’s more surprising is that it’s still around today, indicating that it has a long history that dates back to the 1800s. Not only is it one of the oldest horse disciplines, but it is also one of the oldest sports that is being widely practiced today.
Other medieval sports, such as archery, have adaptations such as mounted archery or horse archery, but they are not as popular as horse shows these days. For the record, horse racing is the second most popular spectator sport in the United Kingdom, as well as one of the oldest, with a rich history spanning back centuries.
The biggest horse racing events, such as Royal Ascot and the Cheltenham Festival, produce around £3.7 billion for the British economy, and they are important dates in the British and international athletic and social calendars. When you think about it, it’s insane. These economic data are for a single country, not the entire world. People often feel that horse racing and other sports are dying out, but when you look at the numbers, it appears that they are thriving.
Let’s take a look at an incredible racehorse that was quite successful in the first decades of the previous century. Seabiscuit (May 23, 1933 – May 17, 1947) was a champion thoroughbred racehorse in the United States who, according to films and literature, was the highest money earning racehorse up to the 1940s. He won a 2-horse special at Pimlico by 4 lengths over the 1937 Triple Crown champion, War Admiral, and was named American Horse of the Year for 1938.
The video below portrays him in a fantastic light and definitely demonstrates his status as an icon. As you can see, he only lived for 14 years, but he is a horse legend who will be remembered for a long time.
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