Riding takes some serious courage, though no matter how many bucks, trips, baulks or falls I have endured nothing comes close to what steeplechase riders and horses manage from race to race.

The upcoming Grand National Horse Race is known for being the world’s greatest steeplechase and is one of the most famous in the world. Riders and trainers require great horsemanship skills to equip the horse for some of the most challenging obstacles to be negotiated at full speed. For the latest horse racing news on the Grand National see BetBright Blog.

The first ‘Official Grand National’ was held in 1839. The course is nearly two and a quarter miles in length and has 16 challenging fences. The fences have an added problem for horses, the famous drop fences where the landing side of the fence is lower than the take off side, this means the horse approaching the fence is unaware of the drop until in the air.

A race that is definitely not for the faint hearted!

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