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News: Queen Elizabeth Receives Horse Racing Honour

The Queen is one of the most successful horse race owners in the history of the Royal Family. She has been involved in the industry for more than 50 years, enjoying success domestically in England and abroad.

Horses get the Royal treatment

The Queen, who reads the Racing Post every morning, visits her horse breeding farms at Sandringham once a year to supervise her thoroughbreds. She has made horse racing a part of the modern Royal Family's schedule, with regular engagements at Epsom Derby and Royal Ascot.

The Queen isn't the first and certainly will not be the last monarch or Royal Family member to take a shine to horses. Even Prince Charles has his own thoroughbreds. Princess Anne's daughter Zara and husband Mike have also been seen to take an interest in horse racing. Mike bought a horse at an auction in 2013 called Monbeg Dude, who went on to win the Welsh National. Monbeg also had success at Cheltenham and The Grand National. Five years after Monbeg became a member of the Royal's horse collection, the horse was retired to Anne's Gatcombe estate in 2018.

Anne was actually the first royal to compete in the Olympics when she participated in the three day equestrian event at the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games. Zara Tindall, the daughter of Anne and Gary, won a silver medal as a Great Britain Eventing Team member at the 2012 Olympics.

Honouring the Queen's passion

Queen Elizabeth has a long history of loving horses, which is well-documented and long-standing.When the Monarch was only three years old, she began riding horses and was observed doing so last year, at age 94. On the 11th of October 2021, she was given a high honour in recognition of her commitment to British flat racing.

The Queen is a lifelong horse owner who has now made millions off of them. Horse racing followers get excited and can make money through placing bets on their favourites. Horse racing is a massive industry, with an estimated 1.04 billion British pounds turnover for off-course horse race betting in the UK. This figure has declined but that is to be expected due to the Coronavirus's impact on sporting events.

The Royal was presented with the badge of distinction by the British horse racing organization. This was accompanied by a video posted on the Ascot Racecourse's social media accounts which features a short montage that recounts the Queen's numerous racing triumphs, including kind words from some people, including the Queen's Jockey and trainers.

On the Hall of Fame's website, there was also a more comprehensive tribute to the Queen, describing her numerous equestrian accomplishments. The passage also included an interview with the Royal where she discussed her horse racing strategy.

In said BBC documentary, she said: "My philosophy about racing is simple. I enjoy breeding a horse that is faster than other people's. And to me, that is a gamble from a long way back. I enjoy going racing, but I suppose, basically, I love horses, and the thoroughbred epitomizes a really good horse to me."

Passing down the passion

The UK's coronavirus lockdown has allowed His Royal Highness Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis to engage in pony riding while staying in Norfolk. Following 90 years of equestrian expertise, Her Majesty is said to be taking a close interest in the development of her great-grandchildren as riders.