Like many people on Saturday I was on the edge of my seat for this monumental, WORLDS GREATEST STEEPLE CHASE to begin. With my betting slip in hand I was eager to watch these horses get underway.
This extremely famous horse race, which began in Aintree and was headed by Mr. William Lynn in 1829, has drawn huge crowds since its early days. However like many I found this year’s spectacle slightly distressing.
Horses have always been one of my favourite animals and to see them sprawled on the ground and tangled amongst their jockeys was not a pleasant sight. The photographs taken of the fallen horses saddened me.
Horses and Antiques
Although this year’s race has caused a lot of controversy and upset, the public support for the horses just reminded me of how loved these beautiful creatures are. Not only are they ever popular in the sporting arena they are also well loved in the antique industry with many silver and jewellery pieces depicting these animals.
Many jewellery pieces, especially brooches showcase these animals jumping, racing and even accompanying a jockey.
The most popular horse related item of jewellery has to be the horse shoe! Many people believe that such items bring good luck to the owner. I once found a horse shoe however I’m not so sure it brought me luck and was more of an ornamental piece to my shed door! Superstition has it that a horse shoe has to be hung with the ends 'up' else the good luck falls out. Maybe I had mine upside down! These pieces are sure to bring more luck ...