Horse Racing

IMG 1358resizeThe his­tory of horse rac­ing in Bar­ba­dos is one of the most excit­ing his­tory lessons ever taught! Since 1845, the Gar­ri­son Savan­nah, now named a UNESCO World Her­itage Site, was the home of horse rac­ing in Bar­ba­dos. The offi­cers of the British Reg­i­ment, who were sta­tioned here, used the track offi­cially as a parade ground. Unof­fi­cially, how­ever, they used it to match their horses in excit­ing and com­pet­i­tive races.

The rac­ing fever soon caught on, and wealthy mer­chants and planters later joined them. Race days saw every mem­ber of high soci­ety gath­ered at the Gar­ri­son Savan­nah, com­pletely taken in by the grace and ath­leti­cism of the horses and the con­trol of the riders.

Today, there are three ses­sions of rac­ing per year with approx­i­mately 25 races in the year. With­out a doubt, the most antic­i­pated race day is that of the Bar­ba­dos Gold Cup. This is the most pres­ti­gious horse race in the Caribbean, with inter­na­tional recog­ni­tion for its high eques­trian standards.

horseracing sporting barbados fbGold Cup is a thor­ough­bred horse race held every year on the first Sat­ur­day of March, con­test­ing horses from Bar­ba­dos, the Caribbean, U.S.A and Canada, with train­ers and jock­eys from the UK and Ire­land as well. The first Gold Cup race was in 1982, and today it has grown to become one of the most sought after tro­phies in the inter­na­tional rac­ing world.

But this is not an event for just race fans, Gold Cup is a great fam­ily out­ing that begins with an excit­ing and colour­ful parade of dancers and stilt-​walkers accom­pa­nied by the march­ing bands of the Royal Bar­ba­dos Police Force, the Bar­ba­dos Defence Force and the Bar­ba­dos Cadet Corps.

You can enjoy the action from the stands, take up a spot on the out­skirts or just stand in the mid­dle of the Savan­nah. There are ven­dors set up all around sell­ing food, snacks, toys and even souvenirs!

Don’€™t for­get your hat, sun­glasses and sun­block. It i€™s a day to take in the sun, the fes­tiv­i­ties and the excite­ment of the Bar­ba­dos Gold Cup. See you at the races!

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