Ireland! Horse Racing on the Beach

Hello guys, my blog today is about horse racing. I think all of you know about horse racing and certainly it was there in your country.

So, have you seen horse racing? Certainly often, either directly or through electronic media like television, handpone, etc. However, you rarely found a tradition horse racing that taking place on the beach.

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Horse racing in Ireland is huge and in many ways, people see it as one of the main countries for horse racing around the world. Not only that, horse racing Ireland are responsible for the Thoroughbred sector. Irish’s mission statement is “to develop and promote Ireland as a centre of excellence for horse racing and breeding”.

Ireland is regarded as a world leader in the thoroughbred racing industry. This is reflected in the numbers of international owners who send their horses to be bred and trained here. There are total population of around 124,000 horses in Ireland (UCD, 2012).

This is one of the unique culture or tradition of Irish people in the coastal of the atlantic west of Ireland. “Tradition is more than anything, a traditon is very important for Irish”, said Donal O’sullivan, a man aged 70 years old which was one of the volunteers that help setting up the beach. The volunteers are setting up a variety of the needs of the race like cleaning seaweed, preparing the tannoy and put beams races for the horse and the racer later.

Ireland is seen by many people as a “Horse nation”. Horse racing is related with culture and community of Ireland. Moreover, racing is one of most popular sport in Ireland. According to them, horse racing is an ancient sport. But it still exist and develop in Ireland.

Horse racing in Ireland is more popular or known as “Laytown Racecourse”. Laytown racecourse is a horse racing venue on the beach at Laytown, County Meath, Ireland. The first recorded first meeting in Laytown was in 1868. The race take place on the strand for one day every September. And Laytown strand races have been existence for over 150 years.

Moreover the arena of horse racing that most unique, Laytown Races are on the beach Ireland. Laytown races occupies the position of the unique arena on the calendar racing Ireland and English. Not only that, horse racing in this arenas decorated with an amazing view of the sea.

In addition the beautiful view of the sea that interesting and attracting. The beach also supported, the sand is regarded as fairly quick and you hear the rattle of hooves as horses let themselves down on the surface. The kickback here doesn’t tend to be too bad as the sand is usually good and solid not long after the tide has receded.

Almost every years since 1868 there’s been something a bit different on the racecard on September, Laytown. For just a few hour every year, a stracth of sand on the Irish coast transforms for perhaps the most unique event in the horse racing calendar. Laytown race within twenty six miles from the country’s capital Dublin. It is the only official beach race in Europe.

Standing for 150 years, Laytown race tradition is unsurprisingly popular and succedd attract more than 5000 regular visitors every year. It can’t be imagined, when a horse racing is very crowded with any people by all of the worlds. In fact, it can’t be denied if the horse racing in Ireland is very popular.

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Moreover, horse race attendance is one of strong contributor to tourism, with approximately 80.000 people travelling to Ireland anually to attend the horse racing in Ireland. According to HRI figures published in July, the average attendance for a fixture in Ireland was 3,346 in the first six months of 2019.

When the Laytown race first began on 1868, the race were run on the beach on conjunction with the Boyne Regatta. It’s thought that the rowing competition was held at high-tide and the racing at low-tide.

The former U-shaped track, which the racing was run at distances between five furlongs and two miles with U-shaped turn at Bettystown where the horses made a sweeping return before heading back to the Laytown finish.

Many of Ireland’s champion jockeys have ridden winners at the Laytown Races, including Ruby Walsh, Colin Keane, Pat Smullen, Joseph O’Brien and Declan McDonogh.

So, from that explanation. What do you think guys? Do you want to see the horse racing in Ireland? I think you should enjoy this one. Life’s a beach, and then you bet on one… if you’re at Laytown anyway!

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