History of the Equestrian Sport
The history of the equestrian sport has been one of the biggest discoveries in the history of mankind. Ancient peoples had done the work of breeding animals and using them to do different tasks. The elephant was known in ancient Egypt to be a ferocious animal, the lion the most feared animal of the wild. The elephant had long been a symbol of power, courage and strength in the past.
The love affair between animals and humans began very early in history and lasted for many centuries. The horse became a part of the royal family as well as the lower class. Kings and princes were seeing sporting magnificent horses and spending huge amounts of money on their upkeep.
The development of bravery and valor took place after the Egyptians’ legendary Pharaoh, who was equally a poet, builder and soldier. He was a great supporter of the hunting of various beasts, but also made his elephants more dangerous by making them fight with lions. He established the Egyptian Art Museum and displayed the carcasses of these beasts of prey.
He ordered that the remains of the captured creatures should be displayed in his courtyard, where they were rubbed off the papyrus scroll. This led to the wonderful variety of the western variety of equestrian horses which have come from this collection. The two major types of horses used by ancient Egypt were the zebras and the asses. The zebras were preferred for riding and racing because they were quicker than the asses.
They were bred from the modern type of asses, which were used at the time. The two animals are considered quite similar and are both bred to be the race horses of the Royal Court. There were two great wars in Egypt as the temple in Luxor was used to build large chariots and these were used to transport the finest horses of the Pharaohs.The Romans also used the famous Egyptian asses to transport their valuable goods.
As more people started competing with each other, the word competition started to be used to refer to the activity of riding and the showing of a horse or donkey. Competition was a means of testing the abilities of the horse or rider. It is here that we see the beginning of the competitions that have been a part of the equestrian sport ever since.
The history of the equestrian sport has been the key element in the development of the activity. The historical figures such as King Tutankhamen have been instrumental in the revival of the sport in Egypt. Today, the sport is growing all over the world and has become one of the fastest growing sports in the world.