Post Reply Horse Racing, Ban'ei, etc.
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Posted 4/7/16
My father is from Kentucky so it is a tradition in my family to hold a Derby Day party and watch the Derby on TV. As I write this, it is 30 days till the Kentucky Derby and on April 3rd, Lani the Japanese contending horse arrived at Churchill Downs to get acclimated to the track for the big race. https://www.kentuckyderby.com/horses/news/japans-uae-derby-winner-lani-arrives-at-churchill-downs

I hadn't really thought about it, but apparently horse racing of different types is popular in Japan. They don't just have the thoroughbred races, but they have a purely Japanese race called the Ban'ei that I learned the first time from watching Silver Spoon. Here in the USA we have Draft Horse Pulling competitions where the horses pull a weighted sled for measured distances and the winner is the team that pulls the most weight. Ban'ei is different in that the horses pull a standard weighted sled over a course that measures a specific length - however there are upward slopes in the course to make it more difficult and the team or horse the completes the course first wins. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ban'ei

According to Wikipedia Japanese horse racing consists of flat racing, jumping, and Ban'ei. There is no mention there of any harness racing akin to the US Sulky racing. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horseracing_in_Japan

Japan does apparently have Yabusame - a horseback archery contest. The USA has mounted cowboy action shooting which uses pistols instead of arrows.

I'm wondering what manga and anime have more about equine sports? What about things like Polo and Jousting? I'd like to learn more about the similarities and differences between the sports here in the USA and there in Japan.
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Posted 4/7/16
Walkure Romanze is about joisting on CR but not great story
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it's mean to the poor horsies :C
Posted 4/7/16
I sent you a video to your pm Rg. hope it gave some light to arabian endurance riding.. As far as manga I really do not know?
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Posted 4/7/16

ck1west wrote:

I sent you a video to your pm Rg. hope it gave some light to arabian endurance riding.. As far as manga I really do not know?


I got it and it's pretty interesting! Thanks for sharing it. I hadn't heard of endurance racing before so I'm glad you educated me.
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I've never seen anything outside of Silver Spoon and Walkure Romanze, horses seem to be everywhere in anime, but there are rarely any about the actual sport... There was one old show about horse racing, called Midori no Makibao; but I don't think it is what you're looking for.

As long as they don't make anything about the typical sports like dressage or jumping I'm fine cause the Japanese suck at both of those... Although it would be cool to see an anime about a rider for whatever sport, but that's just the horse person in me talking.
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