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Also known as ‘coaching’, this was a sport in which the early 19th-century nobility in England raced their coach and horses against each other. Exclusive clubs were formed and rich members of the leisure classes preened their status in parades, and in races and competitions on which large sums might be wagered. The most famous of such clubs was the Coaching Club, established in 1871 by the eighth Duke of Beaufort, and still staging the Coaching Club Drive at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in London into the 21st century.

Subjects: Sport and Leisure.


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