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What Horse Racing Newcomers Need To Know About Jump Season – 2021 Guide

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Written by Quentin Hack

To the undeveloped eye, all horse events can appear to be identical. The local climate and size of the racecourse may differ, yet the rule is consistently the equivalent; every one of those horses are attempting to guarantee they’re in getting gold come the finish of the race, correct? While that is basically it, there are a great deal of unobtrusive and less subtle contrasts that you should know about.

Maybe the most remarkable distinction is the sort of race being run. There are two essential sorts of race: jumping races and flat season. The central contrasts can be accumulated from the names. One is a straight, level race. The other one includes jumping over obstacles. While the two sorts of races can occur anytime during the year, the official seasons are the level season from May to October and jumping season from October to April.

Since we’re entering the jumping season, we thought it’d be a smart thought to plunge somewhat more profound into bounce season. In the event that you’re a newcomer to horse races, at that point take a read of the underneath, where you’ll become familiar with the nuts and bolts of the season.

What’s It All About?

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Jump season is additionally called National Hunt Racing. As you watch a race, you’ll see horse exploring a variety of various obstacles. They can be water hops, trenches, and simply ordinary wall like the ones you’d have around the edge of your property.

While the birthplaces of this kind of pony dashing are unsubstantiated, it’s widely known that it originates from old races in Ireland, where courageous horse proprietors raced each other from steeple to steeple (that is, church to chapel), hopping over whatever held them up. In the United States and different areas of the world, the term ‘steeplechase’ is utilized for any horse race that englobed jumping over obstacles. In the UK, it’s somewhat of another variety. There steeplechase is a race as well, however it’s only one of three distinct sorts of jumping.

Why Do People Like it? It’s Exciting

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Anything can occur during a jump meeting. A horse could be in the lead, but if they struggle with one of the fences further in the contes, there’ll be a moment of opportunity for another contender to sweep in and steal away the gold medal. If you’re looking to back a horse, then be sure to have a gander at expert horse racing opinions on Oddschecker before playing; they can tell you the different horses that are strongest at jumping, and which horses jump more inconsistently.

It’s this unpredictability that makes people find jump horse racing so exciting. While flat horse racing does, of course, has passionate fans as well, jump season is generally considered to be more exhilarating and prestigious, in some parts of the world at least. The world’s largest jumping event is the Grand National, which occurs each April in Aintree, Liverpool. Around 70,000 people go watch the race, which is over 180 years old.

If you can’t make it Merseyside for the Grand National, then you might want to consider visiting Cheltenham Festival in March. While the Grand National is the biggest individual jumping contest, Cheltenham is considered to be the ‘’Mecca’’ and epicenter for jump racing. A number of important races take place during the festival, which is always synonymous to class and style, take for example the the Queen Mother Champion Chase and Cheltenham Gold Cup.

The Very Best

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A phone call to the Dutch equestrian association helped Marleen out of the dream: Yes, Denver is indeed the undisputed number 1 in the world. The World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses (WBFSH) proclaimed him to be the very best show jumper on the basis of competition points obtained. Better than all those horses that come from expensive professional stables. Just bred in Harbrinkhoek, by the now deceased hobby breeder Anton Woertman and his daughter Marleen.

“My father had a real passion for horses, he went to stallion inspections and immersed himself in all those bloodlines”, says Marleen. And more than thirteen years ago he chose Memphis from his top mare Toscin. The result was a beautiful foal, which was given the name Denver.

For a long time they have not been able to enjoy Denver, because his qualities were soon seen by connoisseurs. Within six months the foal was sold and Marleen and her sire lost sight of him.

He only came back into the picture when the British rider Holly Smith achieved successes with him in competitions. Marleen: “I don’t remember who bought him from us at the time, I saw that he lived in France for a while. But I’ve been following Holly Smith on Facebook for a year now, so I already knew he was doing great”.

That did not surprise Marleen, because her father’s hobby resulted in more very good horses. “But the number one horse in the world… I never thought so. Yesterday a French delegation was here to present the prize and they said: ‘Do you realise how special this is? This is something that only a small handful of breeders can do’.

And that awareness does indeed need to decline a little. “It is so unexpected and so beautiful. But it is also such a pity that my father can no longer experience this. He passed away in 2014. He would have been so incredibly proud. People always thought we were a big international stable, our horses were so good. But he was just a hobby breeder who knew a lot about it”.

Who’s Racing?

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Horses, my friend! As you might have thought of before, it takes a lot of experience and talent to try winning in a jump race. Throughout the season, you’ll notice that races are divided into different categories, depending on how seasoned the horse is. There are races that are designed only for newcomers who are just being introduced to this type of race. We also have to take note of ‘bumper races,’ whereby young horses can race without jumping, just to gain some experience out on the track.

Now since you have the essential information, you’re ready to begin observing and enjoying this extraordinary type of horse racing.

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Quentin Hack