My stepdaughter Rose is a so-called Horse Girl. She has been riding horses for over 12 years and now that she lives with us, she really misses her dear Dutch Warmblood. As we live at 10 minutes from Horse Capital Chantilly, we had to catch one of the race courses.
On this overcast (and freezing!) saturday we found ourselves a bench at the stands near the race course. As the 3-minute race started, gamblers cheered their favorite horse. While we appreciated the lean long bodies of the race horses with names like Jason Bourne and Amuse Gueule, Rose was glowing with enthusiasm ;o)
I must admit I didn't quite understand the game of betting, neither do I understand why the jockeys wear these ridiculous outfits with stars and weird color combos…
But it's really impressive to watch the horsepower and to see how the jockeys seem to stand still on a horse in movement.
Have you ever attended a race like this? And did you like it?
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it so funny for my when you are writing and posting about my home region!
I hope you enjoyed the race, it is usually pretty funny.
It was totally funny! The people that put money on the horse of their choice were so serious. All the preparation for 3 minutes of fun… and those colored outfits looked a little silly to me ;o) Love your home region!
Hi Judith, no I never went to see one. I have heard the horse industry is going through a little crisis here in Italy, nevertheless there is a race course place here in my city so I should go once and have a look for myself, but maybe wait for spring time ;-)
Definitely wait for spring (we were so cold!), but you'll see that even without placing bets, it's pretty fun :o)
The jockeys wear the colors of the owner of the horse
They sure have extravagant taste in fashion ;o) It's true that the color combos are easy to recognize, so it makes sense.
It was really great to see the horses racing! Enjoyed the day (as much as I enjoyed the hot Latte)
I haven't yet, but I insist to attend only the ones where I can wear a big, big hat! :)
Oh yeahh!!! Plus a matching dress!