#OlympicsDidYouKnow Owning a chariot and horses for competition was a luxury only the wealthy could afford. Therefore, it was a common practice for the wealthy to hire jockeys in Olympic equestrian events. Upon winning, the victory olive wreath went to the owner and not the rider.
These racing events were a dangerous combination of fast speeds and high chances of collisions. However an added risk included the athletes lack of safety precautions. For example, in horse racing events, the rider rode nude, bareback, and did not have stirrups or a saddle. Ouch! Luckily, they did have a bridle to hold on to; shown below is a cheek piece set, and a horse bit from the David M. Robinson Collection.