I have only been to "the races" once, and that was a special trip to the Epsom Derby revolving around my parent-in-laws' golden wedding anniversary. I remember it as being a wonderfully colourful day, with so much going on at the race course that it was impossible to take it all in......a huge fairground, the bookies shouting the odds all over the place, the massive crowds, the gorgeous silks worn by the jockeys, and of course the splendour of the horses themselves.
An afternoon at Carcassonne Races was nothing like Epsom !
|The rather small stand at Hippodrome de la Fajeolle, Carcassonne|
It was very low key, no fancy outfits, no hats, no bookies calling at the tops of their voices. There was a face painting stall, a bouncy castle and some pony rides for children, but apart from that, all the action was around the parade ring, where the horses and riders walked around before each race....and , of course, the race track itself.
We realised things were going to be a bit different when we saw the horse boxes lining the edge of the course...with the large 2 wheeled chariots attached to the back.
Some of the races were trotting races.... not sure if that is the correct term.....but it added a dimension we had never seen before.
I am always fascinated by the crowds at sporting events, and although this gathering could hardly be called a crowd, there were some interesting sights.