History Of Horse Racing

The horse, an animal, initially hunted for food, was also represented in rock art. The extraordinary story of an animal passing through time. From the Paleolithic era, equestrian paintings depicting the most beautiful of the stallions can be found. As evolution has evolved, the horse has served Man, whether for food, travel, or entertainment. The horse holds an important place in history. A little look back.

Controversies around the origin of the races

For some, horse racing began 4500 years before Christ in Central Asia, where nomads ran horses. For others, however, the first horse races began in 683 B. C. At the Olympic Games. Horse racing runs through time without taking a single ride; we can no doubt attribute this to the man, who has developed a discipline that is highly appreciated throughout the world.

The horse races are entertainment, the silver bets around this activity promote and develop this sport through a set of tracks that see the best jockeys of the moment compete. The horse still has long hours ahead of him and will go through new millennia by the side of Man again and again.


In ancient times, horse racing was part of circus games. The most imposing architectural building was built by Tarquin, the Elder; the impressive building could hold more than 385,000 spectators, that is to say, that our most modern stadiums are pale figures next to this kind of monuments. Restored and enlarged by Julius Caesar, this building was more than 670 meters long and 170 meters high. Place where four types of equestrian races are organized:

  1. Jockey

The jockeys were usually slaves who had to gain victories to gain their freedom. These “gold-slaves” were adored by the crowd and sometimes loved by certain Emperor.

At the time, there was already a “market of the Auriges,” the best teachers were bought at Gold prices by the faction leaders. Among them, “Militaries”, famous Aurige who seems to have won more than 1,400 races and ran more than 4,000 races!

  1. Faction

The colors worn by these antique jockeys corresponded to the elements, the seasons and would represent each social class. For example, the green faction represented the people, while the blue one represented the aristocrats.

Later, in the fourth century in Constantinople, these Roman factions from The Circus founded real political parties under the Byzantine Empire.

  1. The domination of England

It was the English who invented the rules of racing and founded the first Farms. Richard the lionhearted organizes the first race in English with 40 pounds of Gold.

In 1512, the first law regulated horse racing, and we see the creation of the first English hippodrome in Newmarket.

Towards the end of the 18th century, the English imported the first thoroughbreds. Horse racing flourished at a time in history when England was the most advanced country in horse racing.

  1. France is inspired by the English

France is gradually organizing itself and is trying to change this discipline, which has existed for centuries! Louis XIV authorized events of the kind “bet disputed” between two great nobles. In 1683 the first great international race was organized in the plain archer.

The French were inspired by the Masters in this field, and the English were more than a century ahead in horse breeding and race organization. During this century, French hippies ware promoted by The Greatest Royal authorities (Charles X, a fervent fan of horses), which made it possible to advance French races thanks in particular to the importation of many English thoroughbreds.