If you enjoy the Kentucky Derby and all its splendor, then a trip across the pond may be in order. Check out the The Gold Cup at Cheltenham at the Cheltenham Festival, considered the best day of jump racing all season. This year's festival takes place March 10-13, 2015.
According to the Essential Guide to the Cheltenham, the festival itself has been described as follows, "It can be historically asserted that the Cheltenham Festival in 2015 will mark 200 years of racing in this attractive spa town. Racing in Cheltenham dates back to 1815, when the first recorded meeting was held on Nottingham Hill. However, it was three further years before the second meeting was staged, and some 46 years until the first event which resembled the modern Cheltenham Festival was held in 1861."
The horse racing industry as a whole has transformed over the years. More and more and more (in all disciplines, there is evidence of trainers and owners looking towards natural horsemanship as another avenue to accomplish their goals. I can only hope that the horses during this event, at least some of them, have the benefit of this enlightened thinking. (Now to get all people in the racing industry to stop racing horses so young....a post for another day.)