Monday, August 8, 2016

#OlympicsDidYouKnow Equestrian Events

‪#‎OlympicsDidYouKnow‬ Chariot racing was one of the oldest sports in ancient Greece, with competitions taking place centuries before the first Olympic Games began in 776 B.C. The sport remained very popular throughout the Roman Empire and was even adopted for some time by the Byzantines.
Competitions were divided by number of horses pulling the chariot, age group of the driver, and length of the race course. A driver either drove a two-horse chariot or a four-horse chariot as shown on these objects from the David M. Robinson Collection. 
Watch the Rio Olympics this week to see modern athletes compete Equestrian events!

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