Bookmark Us

Read Articles:

Home
The Benefits of Inflatable Fishing Boats
Fly Fishing Gift Ideas Christmas Presents
Introduction To Fishing
Fishing Equipment And Accessories
What you need to know about deep fishing.
Eel And Eelskin Lures
Fly Fishing Journals Keep Track of Your Trips
Fly Fishing Gifts for Christmas
Fit The Fishing Rod To The Fishing Task
Fishing By Moon Phase: Increase Your Catch
Bamboo Fly Fishing Rods
Fly Fishing Rods Getting The Bends
Grunion Runs Fishing With Your Hands In San D...
Fly Fishing On The Green River - Paradise Lost
Fly Fishing I Know Knot What I Do
Fly Fishing in Russia
Golf and Fishing what have they in common
Tying Fly Fishing Flies The Frankenstein Fly
Fly Fishing Catch and Release Yourself
Halloween Fly Fishing - The Ultimate Bite
Communications Equipment in the Wilderness
Fishing the Fall Salmon Run in Michigan - A Beg...
Fly Fishing - In Search of the Chase
Why We Do It The Motives and Types of Fall Sa...
Outdoors Gifts
Inflatable Pontoon Boats
Rigid Inflatable Boats
Inflatable Boats: An Overview
Surface Fishing Twitch Baits - 101
Fishing Reels 101 - Part 1
What you need to know about - Camping Vacations
Colorado Fly Fishing Bait Huckin' vs. Fly Fis...
Bird Watching Competitions I Spy With My Litt...
Sunglasses 101
Nitro Powered RC Cars - Tips for Choosing Your ...
Have Fun With Nature: How To Play Conkers
Skydiving training methods
Get The Most Out Of Your Camera. (Part 1).
6 Winning Strategies Guaranteed to Improve Your...
Bird Watching Writing What You See
Dirt Bike Racing
Unique Camping Gift Ideas for Christmas
The Kenshiro Abbe 50th Celebrations
Kayaking Gifts for Christmas
The History of Steeplechase Horse Racing
Creating a Baseball Fantasy League
The Irony Of Michael Owen
How To Skyrocket Your Chances Of Winning The Lo...
The Basics of Chess
What you need to know about rodeos
4 Steps to Sure-Fire Basketball Free Throws
The Beauty of an Abstract Painting
Why Go Gold Panning?
Gambling legality basics
Unique Backpacking Christmas Gift Ideas for Bac...
Downloading free audio books or buying other au...
Mountain biking in Bali's Mount Batur
Where To Get Your Martial Arts And Self Defense...
How to choose your road bike
How to Increase Your Fish keeping Fun
Motorcycle's Fatal Crash Formula
Sports Massage - An Introduction
Crystal Radio Sets are Alive and Kicking
Croquet is Cool
San Diego Beach Hikes Cardiff to Carlsbad
Mountain Croquet
Online shopping for bike accessories
Backyard Croquet
The Gwynne Jones Misleading Article in MartialA...
Home

The History of Steeplechase Horse Racing

The History of Steeplechase Horse Racing

The sport of Steeplechase racing dates back to 1752 in Ireland when two, half-crocked, friends settled the argument over who owned the best horse by racing to the nearest Church steeple after returning from Fox hunting. The winner actually rode right through the church where the vicar was holding a solemn funeral. Soon steeplechase racing spread to England, where in 1792, the first recorded race was held. This sport then crossed over from the Atlantic to the US, where it has became very popular.

In the early 19th century nine prominent men from New York - August Belmont, H. DeCourcy Forbes, Samuel S. Howland, James O. Green, Frederick Gebhard, A.J. Cassatt, Foxhall P. Keene, John G. Follansbee and Frederick H. Prince founded the National Association for Steeplechase. When it was first founded, its mission was to make the sport popular in the US and help it grow across the Atlantic. For membership details and other small tidbits about the Association, you can visit their website at http://www.nsfdn.org/membership.html.

Steeplechase races are held at 12 states across the country and the cumulative purses for these events are $5 million annually. The horse races are a place to see and be seen at. It's seen across the country by millions of fans and admirers and is a major sponsored event where corporate sponsors vie with each other for sponsorship of the events. It attracts the best talent for horses, horse owners, and riders and also raises millions of dollars in charities. Thus it also attracts the most powerful and the influential men and women. If you have seen Pretty Woman, you pretty much have got the idea.

Some of the oldest and the most prestigious steeplechase horse racing events are Montpelier Hunt Races, which was started on the estates of Former President James Madison since 1929. For more information you can visit their site http://www.montpelier.org/races.htm.

Others are The American Grand National that began in 1899 and the The National Hunt Cup in Radnor, Pa., which was started in 1909.

For more information on steeplechase racing across the country, you can visit http://www.steeplestakes.com/links.html, which lists all the races, their schedules and the prize monies.

In Virginia, you can visit the Virginia Steeplechase Association at http://www.vasteeplechase.com/.

The big races in Virginia are The Virginia Gold Cup, The FoxField Races at Charlottesville, Fairfax Hunt races at Great Falls, Middleburg Spring races at Middleburg, Montpelier Hunt Races at Montpelier Station, Morven Park Steeplechase Races at Leesburg and the Mountaineer Chest Track in Chester.


Copyright 2016 - Free Outdoors Articles. All Rights Reserved.