'Jockeys horse racing'
Museum no. IS.210-1950
The competitive racing of horses is one of humankind's most ancient sports. Horse racing has its roots in Central Asia as this is where prehistoric nomadic tribesmen first domesticated horses in around 4500 BC. In the last thousand years or so, horse racing has flourished as the sport of kings and nobility. The origins of modern horse racing can be traced back the 12th century when Crusaders returned from the Middle East with swift Arab horses, which were raced. Later on, English nobility placed wagers on two-horse races, thus beginning the era of sports gambling.