Sunday, February 19, 2012

White Turf Horse Race, Since 1907 - Only in St. Moritz

While I was in St. Moritz on holiday, I literally JUMPED at the chance to attend White Turf, the celebrated annual horse racing event. Since 1907, the elite of Engadine have joined tourists on a frozen lake in the middle of the valley to watch various types of horse racing events and enjoy all that goes along with such a fabulous sporting event!

Even though it was freezing cold, there were tents, bathrooms, shopping areas, heaters and plenty of mulled wine to keep us warm, happy and thoroughly entertained!

The races happen about every 1/2 hour and there are all types throughout the day...

Between races we enjoyed socializing, drinks and nibbles...

Not to mention people watching and checking out the amazing fashions!

This lady's hat was only one of the many extraordinary hats we saw at the races! Covered with feathers, her red hat took the prize as far as I'm concerned!

Occasionally throughout the day I took the opportunity to look up and enjoy the amazing views of the mountains on a beautiful, clear, sunny day!

Being from Kentucky, I think I was born a horse lover and though I've never had the chance to go to the Derby, this was probably just as good, if not better in terms of atmosphere!

My favourite were the guys who raced being pulled behind the horses on skis! They must have no fear!!!

The champagne wasn't bad either...

Another fabulous hat - this one has a tail!

Before we left, we indulged in a bit of Bratwurst for lunch - it was as you can imagine, DELICIOUS!!!

It was a fantastic day at the races and I'd love to go again sometime! Are you a horse fan or have you been to any fun horse racing events? I'd love to hear your recommendations!

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