Story: Horse and greyhound racing

Ruamāhanga races

Ruamāhanga races

John Pearse painted this watercolour of a race meeting held on the Ruamāhanga River plain, Wairarapa, in 1852. Māori participated enthusiastically in races during the 1850s, entering horses, acting as stewards or simply attending as spectators.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: E-455-f-070-1
Watercolour by John Pearse

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How to cite this page:

Mary Mountier, 'Horse and greyhound racing - Horse racing: beginnings', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/38937/ruamahanga-races (accessed 15 October 2019)

Story by Mary Mountier, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 4 Nov 2015