Film ID: YFA 5603 Video of YFA_5603 Kiplingcotes Races 4.mp4 KIPLINGCOTES RACES 4 c.1950 Visitor TabsDescription This is one of seven short films showing the Kiplingcotes races in East Riding in the 1950s filmed by Norman Stephenson who lived at Arras Farm. The film documents the race from a position near to the finishing line. The film opens with riders and spectators gathered around the Kiplingcotes Winning Post on Kiplingcotes Lane, in hailing rain. Three women pose by the parked cars. A light aeroplane is parked in a nearby field. Spectators mill around, many with cameras. Horses are led along the Lane, including two female riders. A man with a goatee beard is speaking into a microphone. There are several spectators filming the event. The riders trot of down the Lane to the starting position. They are then seen crossing the finishing post at the end of the race. The riders are weighed at finishing post with their gear. The man with a goatee beard interviews one of the female riders, and the film ends. Context Farmer Norman Stephenson only had to pop out of his home of Arras Farm in the East Riding to witness, and film, the Kiplingcotes Derby, which started and finished just a few yards away. As we come towards the end of winter sometime in the 1950s, the oldest surviving flat race in the country gets underway, with one of the women jockeys being interviewed by a Fyfe Robertson lookalike. This is one of seven short films showing the Kiplingcotes races in the East Riding in the 1950s filmed by Norman Stephenson, who also filmed various farming events in the area. The Kiplingcotes Derby in the Yorkshire Wolds is famous for being, reputably, the oldest surviving equestrian event in Britain, claiming to date back to 1519 (there are records from 1618). It takes place on the third Thursday in March, and tradition has it that if it ever misses a year it must come to an end, hence it never has. Even in the bleak winter of 1947 one horse completed the course, as also happened in 2001, the year of foot and mouth. Anyone can enter the race, which goes over a course which can change its route from one year to the next.