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Hurdle Collection

"Hurdling Through History: Overcoming Obstacles with Grace and Skill" From the Olympic Games to circus spectacles

Background imageHurdle Collection: Inglis Drever & Graham Lee

Inglis Drever & Graham Lee Ladbrokes World Hurdle Cheltenham Festival 2005 Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham 17 March 2005 Date: 17 March 2005

Background imageHurdle Collection: Girl Show Jumper

Girl Show Jumper
A happy girl Show Jumping with her horse over a hurdle. Date: early 1950s

Background imageHurdle Collection: Hurdlers / Nos Loisirs

Hurdlers / Nos Loisirs
Two men jump a hurdle

Background imageHurdle Collection: OLYMPIC GAMES, 1948. Fanny Blankers-Koen of the Netherlands (right) and Maureen Gardner (left)

OLYMPIC GAMES, 1948. Fanny Blankers-Koen of the Netherlands (right) and Maureen Gardner (left) of England finishing the 80 meter hurdle event at Wembley Stadium, London, England, 4 August 1948

Background imageHurdle Collection: Athlete, 20 years, jumping hurdles, Winterbach, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany

Athlete, 20 years, jumping hurdles, Winterbach, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany

Background imageHurdle Collection: Athletics event with hurdles

Athletics event with hurdles
An athletics event with men taking part in a hurdles race. circa 1940s

Background imageHurdle Collection: Racehorses leaping a hurdle (colour litho)

Racehorses leaping a hurdle (colour litho)
816730 Racehorses leaping a hurdle (colour litho) by Rowlandson, George Derville (1861-1930); Private Collection; (add.info.: Racehorses leaping a hurdle.); Look and Learn / Elgar Collection

Background imageHurdle Collection: CIRCUS POSTER, c1899. American poster, c1899, for Forepaugh & Sells Brothers Circus

CIRCUS POSTER, c1899. American poster, c1899, for Forepaugh & Sells Brothers Circus, featuring acrobats jumping over a group of elephants

Background imageHurdle Collection: Police German Shepherd

Police German Shepherd
A German Shepherd police dog jumping a hurdle during a training session. Date: late 1960s

Background imageHurdle Collection: The Dikler leades over the last fence from Royal Toss and the winner Glen Caraig Lady

The Dikler leades over the last fence from Royal Toss and the winner Glen Caraig Lady during the Cheltenham Gold Cup race. 16th March 1972

Background imageHurdle Collection: Hurdling Victorian period

Hurdling Victorian period Date: 19th century

Background imageHurdle Collection: Xiang Liu, Terrence Trammell & Robert Kronberg

Xiang Liu, Terrence Trammell & Robert Kronberg 110 Metre Hurdles World Athletics Championships Stade De France, St Denis, Paris, France 28 August 2003 Date: 28 August 2003

Background imageHurdle Collection: Steve Surety

Steve Surety 400 Metre Hurdles Commonwealth Trials City Of Manchester Stadium, Manchester 15 June 2002 Date: 15 June 2002

Background imageHurdle Collection: Ockert Cilliers

Ockert Cilliers 400 Metre Hurdles World Athletics Championships Stade De France, St Denis, Paris, France 27 August 2003 Date: 27 August 2003

Background imageHurdle Collection: Jana Pittman

Jana Pittman 400 Metre Hurdles World Athletics Championships Stade De France, St Denis, Paris, France 24 August 2003 Date: 24 August 2003

Background imageHurdle Collection: Joey Woody

Joey Woody 400 Metre Hurdles World Athletics Championships Stade De France, St Denis, Paris, France 27 August 2003 Date: 27 August 2003

Background imageHurdle Collection: Yuliya Pechonkina

Yuliya Pechonkina 400 Metre Hurdles World Athletics Championships Stade De France, St Denis, Paris, France 24 August 2003 Date: 24 August 2003

Background imageHurdle Collection: Noel Levy

Noel Levy 400 Metre Hurdles Commonwealth Trials City Of Manchester Stadium, Manchester 15 June 2002 Date: 15 June 2002

Background imageHurdle Collection: Larry Wade

Larry Wade 110 Metre Hurdles World Athletics Championships Stade De France, St Denis, Paris, France 28 August 2003 Date: 28 August 2003

Background imageHurdle Collection: Lonela Tirlea

Lonela Tirlea 400 Metre Hurdles World Athletics Championships Stade De France, St Denis, Paris, France 24 August 2003 Date: 24 August 2003

Background imageHurdle Collection: Matt Douglas

Matt Douglas 400 Metre Hurdles Commonwealth Trials City Of Manchester Stadium, Manchester 15 June 2002 Date: 15 June 2002

Background imageHurdle Collection: Liz Fairs

Liz Fairs 100 Metres Hurdles Norwich Union World Trials & A Alexander Stadium, Birmingham, England 26 July 2003 Date: 26 July 2003

Background imageHurdle Collection: Julie Hollman

Julie Hollman England Commonwealth Games City Of Manchester Stadium, Manchester 24 July 2002 Date: 24 July 2002

Background imageHurdle Collection: Stephen Cherono

Stephen Cherono 3000 Metres Steeplechase Commonwealth Games City Of Manchester Stadium, Manchester, England 27 July 2002 Date: 27 July 2002

Background imageHurdle Collection: Terrence Tramwell

Terrence Tramwell Mens 110m Hurdles Mens 110m Hurdles Athens, Greece 25 August 2004 Date: 25 August 2004

Background imageHurdle Collection: Maurice Wignall

Maurice Wignall Mens 110m Mens 110m Hurdles Athens, Greece 25 August 2004 Date: 25 August 2004

Background imageHurdle Collection: Claudia Tonn

Claudia Tonn Womens Pentathlon Womens Heptathlon Athens, Greece 19 August 2004 Date: 19 August 2004

Background imageHurdle Collection: Tiia Hautala

Tiia Hautala Womens Pentathlon Womens Heptathlon Athens, Greece 19 August 2004 Date: 19 August 2004

Background imageHurdle Collection: Marsh Mark-Baird & Tiia Hautala

Marsh Mark-Baird & Tiia Hautala Womens Pentathlon Womens Heptathlon Athens, Greece 19 August 2004 Date: 19 August 2004

Background imageHurdle Collection: Paul Gray

Paul Gray 110 Metre Hurdles Norwich Union Olympic Trials Manchester Regional Arena, Manchester, England 10 July 2004 Date: 10 July 2004

Background imageHurdle Collection: Rachel King

Rachel King 100 Metre Hurdles Norwich Union Olympic Trials Manchester Regional Arena, Manchester, England 10 July 2004 Date: 10 July 2004

Background imageHurdle Collection: Felix Sanchez

Felix Sanchez 400 Metre Hurdles World Athletics Stade De France, St Denis, Paris, France 28 August 2003 Date: 28 August 2003

Background imageHurdle Collection: Yacnier Luis

Yacnier Luis 400 Metre Hurdles World Athletics Stade De France, St Denis, Paris, France 28 August 2003 Date: 28 August 2003

Background imageHurdle Collection: Duaine Ross

Duaine Ross Mens 110m Hurdles Mens 110m Hurdles Athens, Greece 25 August 2004 Date: 25 August 2004

Background imageHurdle Collection: Fani Halkia

Fani Halkia Womens 400m Hurdles Womens 400m Hurdles Athens, Greece 25 August 2004 Date: 25 August 2004

Background imageHurdle Collection: Sarah Claxton

Sarah Claxton 100 Metre Hurdles Norwich Union Olympic Trials Manchester Regional Arena, Manchester, England 10 July 2004 Date: 10 July 2004

Background imageHurdle Collection: Sandra Glover

Sandra Glover 400 Metres, Sydney Olympics Sydney Olympic Games Olympic Stadium, Sydney, Sydney, Australia 22 September 2000 Date: 22 September 2000

Background imageHurdle Collection: Laurent Jean

Laurent Jean 400 Metre Hurdles 24 August 1999 Date: 24 August 1999

Background imageHurdle Collection: Fabrizio Mori

Fabrizio Mori 400m Hurdles Winner Seville 99 24 August 1999 Date: 24 August 1999

Background imageHurdle Collection: Carlos Silva

Carlos Silva 400 Metre Hurdles 24 August 1999 Date: 24 August 1999

Background imageHurdle Collection: Falk Balzer

Falk Balzer 110 Metre Hurdles 09 September 1999 Date: 09 September 1999

Background imageHurdle Collection: Wilson Boit Kipketers Prays

Wilson Boit Kipketers Prays World Athletics Seville 1999 09 September 1999 Date: 09 September 1999

Background imageHurdle Collection: Anier Garcia

Anier Garcia 110 Metre Hurdles 22 August 1997 Date: 22 August 1997

Background imageHurdle Collection: Jamie Quarry

Jamie Quarry 110 Metre Hurdles 14 July 1997 Date: 14 July 1997

Background imageHurdle Collection: Angela Thorp

Angela Thorp 100 Metre Hurdles 14 July 1997 Date: 14 July 1997

Background imageHurdle Collection: Colin Jackson 110 Meters Final

Colin Jackson 110 Meters Final World Athletics Seville 1999 24 August 1999 Date: 24 August 1999

Background imageHurdle Collection: Pedro Rodrigues

Pedro Rodrigues 400 Metre Hurdles 24 August 1999 Date: 24 August 1999



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"Hurdling Through History: Overcoming Obstacles with Grace and Skill" From the Olympic Games to circus spectacles, the art of hurdling has captivated audiences for centuries. Hurdlers, like those in our leisurely pastimes, have always amazed us with their agility and determination. In 1948 at Wembley Stadium, Fanny Blankers-Koen of the Netherlands and Maureen Gardner of England showcased their prowess in the 80-meter hurdle event. Their fierce competition symbolized the spirit of sportsmanship that defines the Olympic Games. Even before then, a captivating American poster from 1899 advertised Forepaugh & Sells Brothers Circus. The acrobats fearlessly leaped over a group of majestic elephants, leaving spectators in awe. Not limited to circuses or stadiums alone, athletes worldwide embrace this challenging discipline. In Winterbach, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany, a young athlete aged only 20 demonstrates his skill by gracefully jumping hurdles, and are not exclusive to humans; even racehorses have been known to leap over these obstacles with incredible speed and precision. A vibrant lithograph captures these magnificent creatures soaring through the air during an exhilarating race. Beyond athletics lies another realm where hurdles play a crucial role - law enforcement. Police German Shepherds undergo rigorous training that includes hurdling exercises to enhance their physical abilities while on duty protecting communities. Traveling back in time to Victorian-era England reveals yet another facet of hurdling's history. During this period, it was not uncommon for individuals partaking in recreational activities such as card games or races to incorporate hurdles into their entertainment repertoire. Speaking of card games brings us to "Freddie Frog Hurdling, " featured in an old maid deck from yesteryears. This whimsical game allowed players to engage in friendly competition while navigating imaginary obstacles just like real hurdlers do on tracks around the world today. Finally, we witness the thrilling world of horse racing.