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Steeplechase

Steeplechase is a race for thoroughbred horses that jumps fences, ditches, and many intervening obstacles over a set course. In the UK and Ireland the term used is National Hunt racing.

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Which countries competed in the 2004 Olympics?

There were 202 countries competing in Athens: Afghanistan (suspended in 2000) Albania Algeria American Samoa Andorra Angola Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Brazil British Virgin Islands Brunei Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Chile China Colombia Comoros Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Cook Islands Costa Rica Cote d'Ivoire Croatia Cuba Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Fiji Finland France Gabon Georgia Germany Ghana Greece Grenada Guam Guatemala Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Honduras Hong Kong Hungary Iceland India Indonesia International Olympic Athlete (East Timor in 2000) Iran Iraq Ireland Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati (NOC recognized in 2003) Korea, North (DPR of Korea) Korea, South Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Laos Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libya Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macedonia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Mauritania Mauritius Mexico Micronesia, Federated States of Moldova Monaco Mongolia Morocco Mozambique Myanmar (Burma) Namibia Nauru Nepal Netherlands Netherlands Antilles New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Northern Mariana Islands Norway Oman Pakistan Palau Palestine Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Poland Portugal Puerto Rico Qatar Romania Russia Rwanda Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa San Marino Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia and Montenegro (Yugoslavia) Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands Somalia South Africa Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syria Taiwan (Chinese Taipei) Tajikistan Tanzania Thailand The Bahamas The Gambia Timor-Leste (participated under IOA in 2000) Togo Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom (Great Britain) United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela Vietnam Virgin Islands Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe More input: * Puerto Rico and Guam are not countries. Both are territories of the United States of America. Puerto Rico and Guam are NOT COUNTRIES - they are part of the United States. Therefore, they should not be included in the list of participating countries * 202 Countries Participating. Puerto Rico and Guam are territories of the United States but are listed as countries participating in the Athens 2004 Olympics. When you are watching the Olympics you will see PUR and GUM with their flag next to it. They also have an Olympic Committee. * I notice that both Gambia and the Bahamas are not included in the list. They both have webpages talking about their respective olympic teams. * Here's a list, in the order they entered in the Parade of Nations: http://www.athens2004.com/Files/pdf/NOC_marching_order.pdf The Greek alphabet can be seen here: http://www.ancientscripts.com/greek.html So, for example, Saint Lucia becomes, roughly, Agia Loikia; San Marino becomes Agios Marinos; Cape Verde is Prasino Akrotirio; France is Gallia; and so on. * The UN has 191 full members. The US recognizes those 191 plus Vatican City as nations. Only the Vatican and two others, both in the Pacific, Tuvalu and the Marshall Islands, did not send teams. (By population, Vatican is the world's smallest nation, Tuvalu second, and Marshall Is. ninth.) That makes 189 nations at Athens. You may be wondering about the difference between 189 and the "202 participating countries" at Athens. Athens also had Taiwan ("Chinese Taipei"), Palestine, and 11 dependencies/territories take part: Bermuda, Cayman Is., & British Virgin Is. (all British), Guam, Virgin Is., Puerto Rico, & American Samoa (all US), Aruba & Netherlands Antilles (Dutch), Cook Is. (NZ), and Hong Kong (Chinese) * What about the Northern Mariana Islands? Again they are not an independent country but like Guam and Puerto Rico they competed independently with their own flag Puerto Rico is an independent country (free associated state to the USA, but independent) Puerto Rico is not a "territory" of the USA (so far). American Samoa is an USA protectorate (The USA take care after it but it is not part of the USA. Therefore, it is somehow "independent" since it is not a "territory" of the USA.

What course is longer The Grand National or The Oxford Cambridge boat race?

The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race

The Boat Race course is marked by three classic bends, two in favour of the Middlesex station, on the north bank of the Thames, while the third favours the crew drawn on the opposite Surrey station. In spite of these bends the course is theoretically fair - the start and finish lines are exactly parallel, and in the unlikely event of the crews staying level throughout the race, they will both have covered the magic Boat Race distance of exactly 4 miles 374 yards.

Grand National The Grand National is a Grade 3 handicap chase currently restricted to six-year-old and above horses. It is run over a distance of 4 miles 4 furlongs (7,242 m) at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool, usually on a Saturday in early April. There are thirty fences to be jumped in the race.

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Is horse riding an extreme sport?

VERY! Many people think it's easy, just sitting on a horse and letting it do all the work. This is very, very wrong. No matter what discipline it is a lot of work, a lot of muscle, a lot of thinking, and a lot of courage.

There are many arguments saying how this sport of harder than that, and so on and so on.

Bottom line:

All sports are difficult in their own way.

Who founded horse of the year show?

Tony Collings came up with the original idea for the first show in 1949.

Who rode Red Rum to his Grand National wins?

Brian Ffletcher in 1973and 1974 and Tommy Stack in 1977

When did WYE Racecourse close down?

It is believed that the last race meeting to take place at Wye Racecourse was on May 2, 1974.

How many fillies have won the grand national?

No fillies have won the Grand National but twelve mares have won the race:

Miss Mowbray (1852), Anatis (1860), Jealousy (1861), Emblem (1863), Emblematic (1864), Casse Tete (1872), Empress (1880), Zoedone (1883), Frigate (1889), Shannon Lass (1902), Sheila's Cottage (1948) and Nickel Coin (1951).

Fillies and mares are both female horses but fillies are aged 4 years or younger.

What gray horses have won the Grand National?

* Aldaniti * Deteminator * Deep Blue Aldanti wasn't grey! Nicholas Silver was the last grey horse to win the Aintree Grand National.

Why was steeplechase banned?

It wasn't banned. Australia is the only non steeplechase country.

What is a steeplechase runner?

The following was taken from a website: The length of the race is usually 3000 m. The number of laps depends on whether the water jump is located to the inside of lane one or to the outside of lane eight or nine. Each runner encounters a total of 28 barriers over the course of the race, as well as 7 water jumps. According to IAAF rules, barrier height is 914 mm (36 in) for men and 762 mm (30 in) for women. Unlike those used in hurdling, steeplechase barriers do not fall over if hit; some runners actually step on top of them. Four barriers are spaced around the track on level ground, and a fifth barrier at the top of the second turn (fourth barrier in a complete lap from the finish line) is the water jump, which consists of a barrier followed by a pit of water which is 3.66 m (12 ft) long and slopes upward from 700 mm (27.6 in) deep at the barrier end to even with the surface of the track. This slope rewards runners with more hurdling ability, because a longer jump results in a shallower landing in the water.

What is the world record in the 3000 meter steeplechase?

7 minutes 55.28 seconds ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ As of September, 2007 the men's world record is held by Saif Saeed Shaheen of Qatar with a time of 7:53.63 set in 2004. The women's world record is held by Gulnara Samitova of Russia with a time of 9:01.59 set in 2004.

When is the Grand National Race?

It is usually on the first Saturday in April.

What is a deep ditch cut by running water?

It's a gully. Rills are smaller ditches cut by running water, but can be plowed over. Once the ditch is so deep it can't be plowed over, it's a gully.

Did any horses die in the 2011 grand national?

Yes, two died. The horse Ornais reportedly died after falling at the fourth fence, while Dooneys Gate died from injuries after he fell at the fence known as Beecher's Brook as the Aintree racecourse near Liverpool.

Do rocky mountain horses make good barrel racing horses?

It depends. I'm training my Rocky in barrels and she's really good at making the sharp turns and has more speed on her than most Rockies. But you'd have to look at the individual horse instead of the breed as a whole.

What is a good breed of horse for barrel racing?

Quarter Horses are probably the best choices for barrel racing. They are fast and able to make sharp turns and they are pretty sturdy. In most barrel racing events. Quater Horse's probably used for this sport more than any other breed of horse. Excellent choice if you want one too barrel race.