Sport: Jumping Railbirds

Treated to a strange sight last week were antipodean U. S. tourists who happened to be in the cozy little seaport of Napier, New Zealand and followed the crowds to its racetrack for the annual Napier Steeplechase, one of the island's most outstanding horse races. A few jumps from the finish line, only one horse had a rider. All the others had lost their jockeys somewhere along the stiff, three-mile course. Like a crazy dream, first one spectator, then another, scampered onto the course, mounted riderless horses, took them over the remaining jumps and finished on the heels of the horse...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!