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The Pardubice horse race

You did not expect the Czech Republic to be known for its horse competitions ? Well, me neither at the beginning. But there is the most difficult and oldest horse race in Europe in the style of cross country.

Velká pardubická : the oldest and probably the most difficult obstacle course on the continent since 1874 is played in Pardubice. Horses and riders must travel 6,900 meters and cross 31 obstacles. The most feared of all - the trench Taxis - can be crossed once a year, during this race always organized on the second Sunday of October.

But what's the Taxis Ditch you may ask ?

This is the most famous obstacle in the race, and it is jumped just once. It is the fourth fence. 28 horses have died at this obstacle. In the past, it's a 2m deep and 5m long hidden behind a 1.5m high hedge. Nowadays, it is 1m deep and 4m long with a 1.5m high hedge.

700,000 viewers this year. The top of the Czech obstacle season on CT1 and CT sports was watched by 3 million spectators. Others watched programs on foreign channels as well as PMU's Paris office in twenty-four countries. Twenty-two thousand spectators came directly to the circuit.

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