September 1, 2015
Irish mythology is replete with references to the horse and its importance to heroes and historical figures. While it is believed that chariot races took place on the plains of the Curragh as far back as the third century, the first documented evidence of horse racing is a royal warrant from 1603 entitling the governor of Derry to hold fairs and markets at which horse races could be staged.
This longtime association between man and beast, however, goes far beyond mere racing. The horse is integral to Irish culture, interwoven into daily living. To the rural Irishman especially, the horse has been a constant pivot in a centuries-old way of life.
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