Portrait of a Sport: A History of Steeplechasing

By: Eliot, Elizabeth

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First edition. Signed and inscribed to author's cousin: To cousin Joe with love from Cousin Liz. Elizabeth Eliot. Edges very lightly rubbed, a few very faint spots to top page ridge. 1957 Large Hardcover. xii, 141 pp. A steeplechase is a distance horse race in which competitors are required to jump diverse fence and ditch obstacles. Steeplechasing is primarily conducted in Ireland (where it originated), the United Kingdom, Canada, United States, Australia and France. The name is derived from early races in which orientation of the course was by reference to a church steeple, jumping fences and ditches and generally traversing the many intervening obstacles in the countryside. Modern usage of the term steeplechase differs between countries. In Ireland and the United Kingdom, it refers only to races run over large, fixed obstacles, in contrast to hurdle races where the obstacles are much smaller. The collective term jump racing or National Hunt racing is used when referring to steeplechases and hurdle races collectively (although, properly speaking, National Hunt racing also includes some flat races). Elsewhere in the world, steeplechase is used to refer to any race that involves jumping obstacles. The most famous steeplechase in the world is the Grand National run annually at Aintree Racecourse, in Liverpool, since its inception in 1836 (the official race was held three years later), which in 2014 offered a prize fund of £1 million.

Title: Portrait of a Sport: A History of Steeplechasing

Author: Eliot, Elizabeth

Categories: Sports, Signed, Modern First Editions, Horses,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Longmans, Green and Co.: 1957

Binding: Large Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2276804