THE VELKA PARDUBICKA

Contested since 1874, apart from brief spells during the First and Second World Wars, and cancelled in 1876 (course frozen), 1908(course frozen), 1909(3 ran but none completed) and 1968, this site provides a comprehensive history of the most famous of all Czech Steeplechases; every winner, runner, owner, trainer and jockey and, where available, video clips of some of the races. The scources of the information are wide and varied, including old newspaper accounts, exceptionally old racecards contributed by visitors to the site, and plenty of detailed internet research. Invaluable reference works have been used to confirm details, particularly 'The Velka Pardubicka and The Grand National' by John Pinfold and Kamila Pecherova. Invaluable help has also been given by Miloslav Nehyba, who owns what is widely regarded as the most detailed Velka Pardubicka database in the World.

A Panoramic View of the Pardubicka Fences

Dimensions of the fences in 1987

Every effort has been made to trace copyright holders of all scans in this section of the site.  Some contributors have asked to be acknowledged for their contributions and their wish has been granted. If anyone thinks they own an image used then contact the site owner.

If you would like to compare and contrast the challenges of the Liverpool Grand National with the famous Czech steeplechase, the Velka Pardubicka, then see details at the foot of the page.

If you have access to further artefacts which will enhance the site then email johnwslusar@gmail.com so that your items can be included.

        1874 1875 ----- 1877 1878 1879
1880 1881 1882 1883 1884 1885 1886 1887 1888 1889
1890 1891 1892 1893 1894 1895 1896 1897 1898 1899
1900 1901 1902 1903 1904 1905 1906 1907 ----- 1909
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1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 ----- 1969
1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
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