Horseracing: A sport calm and charged at the same time

Horseracing is one of the sports that has witnessed active competition in England for the longest time. It is arguably a culture, having existed from as early as the 19th century. Some argue that it was present even before then. In a way, it is part of English culture.

How popular is the sport in the modern era, though? The answer is ‘Hugely popular.’ Horse races are significantly popular events, both for the thrill they bring and the set up they offer for a family day out. Racecourses are nice places to have picnics with family members of all ages, while watching horses and jockeys tactically clear hurdles and fences is one of the most rewarding scenes.

Horse races are also often organised as festivals. This means they go on for several days and involve a number of activities. Think the Gold Cup (Ascot), The Cheltenham festival, The Leger Stakes, The King George Stakes and others that grace the sporting calendar every year. Some of these events are organised on special days-like the King George Stakes on Boxing Day- making them even more attractive.

A day at the horse races offers two experiences- moments of calm and serenity and others of thrill and pure adrenaline. There are areas where families can picnic, eat and have an easy time even as routine races go on. These include hotels, pubs and the general outdoors. These are great places to meet and interact with the new people.

During big races, the environment gets charged with people thronging the viewing areas (Usually the Grandstand) to witness the best combinations of man and beast clearing out the tracks. This thrill can be increased by placing stakes at the many betting spots before races begin. It really is a full package.

Some people think of horse racing as a sport for the elite, but just about everyone could have a good day there.