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Trotting: saddle trots (1st of 2)

Trotting: saddle trots

This photograph from around 1940 shows a saddle pacing race, with the riders seated on the horses' backs. Saddle trots were the earliest type of trotting race in most parts of the world, but by the time trotting became popular in New Zealand in the late 1880s, carts or 'sulkies' were commonly used. Some early races allowed either method in the same race. The occasional saddle trot or pace was held as recently as the 1960s.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Making New Zealand Centennial Collection (PAColl-3060)
Reference: MNZ-2375-1/2-F

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

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