Newbury, UK (CNN)For the last 38 years, a quintessential pocket of British countryside nestling amongst a sea of rolling green hills 60 miles from London has been paying homage to Arabian horse racing and culture.
Some of the richest people in the world — including members of the Dubai royal family — descend on Newbury’s racecourse to showcase the best of Middle Eastern culture both to horse racing fans as well as members of the local community. Different from the thoroughbreds that you might usually associate with racing, Arabian horses are generally smaller and are renowned for their stamina.”They are cheeky, that’s for sure,” leading jockey Bryony Frost, who was riding in the Newbury event for the very first time, told CNN Sport as she reflected on the two breeds’ different physical attributes.”They’re good fun, they’re very sharp, they’re very intelligent, They’re always going to be two steps ahead of you so you’ve got to be three steps ahead of them.Read MoreShe continued: “If you were to have a room full of class children with thoroughbreds and then the Arabs, I would definitely say that they [Arabian horses] would be the troublemakers amongst the bunch.” READ: Sheikh Fahad and the phone call that changed horse racingREAD: Saudi Arabia set to stage record $20M horse race in 2020The day is organized under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum.Growing the sportGetting Frost to attend the event was certainly a coup for the organizers — the 24-year-old is one of the most recognizable faces in British racing. In March she became the first female jockey to win a top-flight race at the iconic Cheltenham Festival.In between competing, Frost joined in the carnival atmosphere of the day, walking amongst the fans and answering any questions the crowd might have.She admitted to “throwing myself in the deep end” by making the switch from jumps to flat horses but was happy to help the sport develop. “It gets massive support from the owners and the trainers as well,” said Frost. “Days like this you wouldn’t know the difference between a flat meeting and an Arabian meeting.””Crowds are really coming in because the money is behind it. So the children and everyone can have a class day.”Frost was not the only big name to take place in the event, with four-time Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Olivier Peslier also competing in front of the enthusiastic crowd. Photos: Why "Glorious Goodwood" is so lovedGoodwood racecourse offers far-reaching views across the Sussex Downs in the south of England.Hide Caption 1 of 15 Photos: Why "Glorious Goodwood" is so lovedRacegoers take in the drama of the Qatar Goodwood Festival, commonly known as “Glorious Goodwood.” Hide Caption 2 of 15 Photos: Why "Glorious Goodwood" is so lovedIt’s one of the highlights of the flat racing season, with 35 races taking place over five days for a total purse of $6.5 million.Hide Caption 3 of 15 Photos: Why "Glorious Goodwood" is so lovedDating back to 1802, the event is a favorite with punters and boasts spectacular views across the south England countryside. Hide Caption 4 of 15 Photos: Why "Glorious Goodwood" is so lovedThe atmosphere is one of an English garden party. Hide Caption 5 of 15 Photos: Why "Glorious Goodwood" is so lovedIt’s a chance for racegoers to dress up in finery, especially on Ladies’ Day.Hide Caption 6 of 15 Photos: Why "Glorious Goodwood" is so lovedPopular Italian jockey Frankie Dettori rode Too Darn Hot (center, pink) to win the showpiece Qatar Sussex Stakes at Goodwood.Hide Caption 7 of 15 Photos: Why "Glorious Goodwood" is so lovedLegendary racehorse Frankel made history in 2012 by becoming the first horse to win the Sussex Stakes twice having also triumphed the previous year. Hide Caption 8 of 15 Photos: Why "Glorious Goodwood" is so lovedThis year, 18-year-old Khadijah Mellah became the first jockey wearing a hijab to race in Britain. She won the Magnolia Cup charity race, having only sat on a racehorse for the first time in April.Hide Caption 9 of 15 Photos: Why "Glorious Goodwood" is so lovedThe facilities at Goodwood offer good views over the parade ring and winner’s enclosure.Hide Caption 10 of 15 Photos: Why "Glorious Goodwood" is so lovedOisin Murphy and Deirdre (left) overhauled Frankie Dettori on Mehdaayih to win the historic Nassau Stakes.Hide Caption 11 of 15 Photos: Why "Glorious Goodwood" is so lovedNearby Trundle Hill offers far-reaching views across Goodwood. Hide Caption 12 of 15 Photos: Why "Glorious Goodwood" is so lovedThe event is often seen as the end of the British social season, which also includes tennis at Wimbledon, rowing at the Henley Regatta and racing at Royal Ascot. Hide Caption 13 of 15 Photos: Why "Glorious Goodwood" is so lovedGoodwood has its own distinctive style known as “The Goodwood Look.” The dress code is more relaxed compared to other of Britain’s racing events. Hide Caption 14 of 15 Photos: Why "Glorious Goodwood" is so lovedDressing up is not just for the ladies.Hide Caption 15 of 15Arabian origins The thoroughbred racing we see globally today would not have existed without Arabian horses. Almost all thoroughbred racehorses can be traced back to three Arabian horses that traveled to Europe to partner with the local breeds, providing the foundation for the lucrative industry today. Indeed, 95% of thoroughbreds can be linked back to one super stallion — the Darley Arabian.This legendary horse was spotted in the 1700s by British Consul Thomas Darley while in Aleppo, Syria, and taken back to England where he covered local mares.Amongst others, the Darley Arabian sired Flying Childers — one of the first champion thoroughbreds in history. However, as thoroughbred racing has grown into a billion-pound industry, Arabian racing has been left still finding its feet. “I think Arab racing is at a crossroads where it’s probably got to go more professional and bring in the opportunity for more people to own and train,” Richard Lancaster, who is director of Shadwell Stud — a global Arabian breeding and racing operation — told CNN Sport.”It has to get itself a good financial base from which it can expand and bring a lot of fun to people.” Photos: Royal Ascot 2019: The most impressive hats on showScroll through to see some of the most impressive hats on show at Royal Ascot 2019 in June.Hide Caption 1 of 14 Photos: Royal Ascot 2019: The most impressive hats on showBold looks can be found on every corner of the Ascot Racecourse. Hide Caption 2 of 14 Photos: Royal Ascot 2019: The most impressive hats on showLike a number of other British royals at this year’s event, Princess Eugenie, right, embraced a blue color palette. Hide Caption 3 of 14 Photos: Royal Ascot 2019: The most impressive hats on showRacegoer Alexa Wolman carries her afternoon tea as part of her ensemble. Hide Caption 4 of 14 Photos: Royal Ascot 2019: The most impressive hats on showThe Queen’s eldest granddaughter, Zara Tindall, waves to the crowd in a teal hat and matching dress. Hide Caption 5 of 14 Photos: Royal Ascot 2019: The most impressive hats on showAn attendee sports an elaborate pink hat on the third day of the five-day event.Hide Caption 6 of 14 Photos: Royal Ascot 2019: The most impressive hats on showEntrepreneur Valerie Stark in an intricate maroon headpiece. Hide Caption 7 of 14 Photos: Royal Ascot 2019: The most impressive hats on show”Game of Thrones” star Natalie Dormer paired her floral maxi dress with a neutral colored hat. Hide Caption 8 of 14 Photos: Royal Ascot 2019: The most impressive hats on showFashion designer Lacry Puravu opted for a blooming headpiece. Hide Caption 9 of 14 Photos: Royal Ascot 2019: The most impressive hats on showFlowers and feathers are often favorites among attendees. Hide Caption 10 of 14 Photos: Royal Ascot 2019: The most impressive hats on showAscot celebrates British sport, fashion and culture across five memorable days. Hide Caption 11 of 14 Photos: Royal Ascot 2019: The most impressive hats on showRacegoer Heather Morris’ bright pink ensemble stood out at Royal Ascot’s Ladies’ Day. Hide Caption 12 of 14 Photos: Royal Ascot 2019: The most impressive hats on showA racegoer takes Royal Ascot’s famous dress code to new heights with a larger-than-life hat. Hide Caption 13 of 14 Photos: Royal Ascot 2019: The most impressive hats on showHorses attracted attention both on and off the racecourse.Hide Caption 14 of 14Royal stamp of approval The Newbury event is the brainchild of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE Minister of Finance and the Deputy Ruler of Dubai. An enthusiastic racing fan, Sheikh Hamdan is a patron of the Dubai International Arabian Races program (DIAR), which is an organization that runs the Arabian racing calendar and encourages more people to become regular spectators. The member of the Dubai royal family is also a patron of Shadwell Stud, which helps run the special day”It gives me more than pleasure actually, it is an honor to have such a crowd coming to Newbury, especially the schools and the youngsters,” Mirza Al Sayegh, director of the office of Sheikh Hamdan and Shadwell chairman, told CNN Sport. Teen set to be the first jockey wearing hijab at a British racecourseNewbury’s day of celebrating Arabian horses has a real carnival atmosphere and provides a wonderful opportunity for people to experience a raceday for free. This year there were 153 runners competing across eight races, with a number of international participants. “It shows you that everywhere in Europe is most welcome to come and participate in Newbury,” said Mirza Al Sayegh. “And from here we start to send some more horses to Europe again. Yeah, this is all about cooperation and promotion of the Arabians.”DIAR has been working with individual countries to help develop awareness of Arabian Racing. It’s been sponsoring domestic Arabian racing in Italy for a number of years which culminated in the first ever internationally recognized stakes race held in the country — the Premio DIAR.The UK has also seen signs of growth, notably with the Qatar International Stakes taking place at Glorious Goodwood.READ: Goodwood brings glorious end to English social seasonREAD: Tracking Britain’s most famous family at the racesThe Arabian horse is smaller than the thoroughbred but has more staying power. Glitz and glamor Dubai, in particular, has long been a hub for world-class horses and the region is keen to promote it’s passion worldwide. “This is so important. Arabian horse racing is something that has been growing and developing over the decades,” Mansoor Abulhoul, UAE Ambassador to the UK, told CNN Sport. “I think it is racing is exciting. You get dressed up and there is a bit of glitz and glamor.”