Story: Horse and greyhound racing

Anniversary races

Anniversary races

Horse races were held to celebrate Otago's eighth anniversary in 1856, and were a major feature of anniversary-day festivities in other regions. Racing was very popular in New Zealand from the early days of European settlement, bringing together Māori and Pākehā, and all sections of society.

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Reference: Otago Witness, 22 March 1856, p. 2

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Mary Mountier, 'Horse and greyhound racing - Horse racing: beginnings', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 4 December 2023)

Story by Mary Mountier, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 1 Nov 2015