For anyone not in the know, steeplechases are horse races that are on the turf, usually several miles long and often include large fences. They were started in the UK where the horse and riders would race from church steeple to church steeple, across hills and fields, jumping whatever obstacles came into their paths. This is my final post from the Willowdale Steeplechase (the first two covered the pony races and other festivities).
Riders up, goggles down.
Would you believe they have breathe right type nasal strips for horses?
Blue jockey in the paddock.
Warming up a nice grey thoroughbred.
"See, it's not that high. Just watch out for that big ditch on the other side!"
Approaching the start.
They don't start in a gate like flat track races.
A jockey falls right in front of me in the second race. I was too startled to get a good photo!
Up, up and away!
Thanks for going to the races with me!