Why do we need jumps in racing when people enjoy flat racing?
Horse racing is the second most popular spectator sport in the UK, enjoyed by 6 million people each year. Part of the enjoyment is seeing the finest horses competing at the highest level, testing themselves over jumps and fences. Jump racing accounts for around 1/3 of the racing industry, which has an economic impact of £3.5bn – mostly in rural economies – and provides employment for around 80,000 people.
Jumping comes naturally to horses, especially those that have trained especially for it. While flat racing is a wonderful spectator sport, jumps test these highly trained horses to another level, and allow us to appreciate these magnificent animals even more.