Giddy Up! It’s time to play the best Horse Racing Party Game

Not Heading to Flemington for Melbourne Cup? Bring all the fun of Cup day to your back yard with this interactive horse racing party game. Dress up and get ready to race.

You’ll Need:

This is the game supplies for 4 players a race/game (the more players, the more rope and pool noodles you’ll need.)

  • 5 – 4m lengths of rope
  • 8 – 2m lengths of rope ( this makes a grid of 28 squares)
  • 4 pool noodles
  • several cable ties or string
  • Gift wrap ribbon or streamers (for the horses mane)
  • Marker pen & scissors
  • Cardboard / thick paper (to make the ears ) approx. A4 size
  • Cardboard / thick paper (to make the racing numbers) approx. A4 size
  • 2 dice

How to make your horses

Take 1 pool noodle and bend it over to rest on to itself ( bend less than ¼ way down. Tie together using the cable ties or string. This makes the head and body. On the head, draw eyes and cut small ears out of cardboard and glue to the head. Make your horse’s mane by tying several lengths of ribbon around the horses head.

Cut the second piece of cardboard into 4. Write the numbers from 1 to 4. One number on each piece of cardboard. Attach one number to each horse using the cable ties or string.

horse racing party game horses


How to assemble the Horse Track (rope grid – 16 squares)

Take the 5 x 4m lengths of rope and lay them out vertically in your back yard and lay the other 8 x 2m over the top horizontally of the other 5 therefore making a grid of even squares. Basically it should look like a checkerboard.

horse racing party game

How To Play

Write all the “jockeys” (players) names onto pieces of paper and put them in a hat. Draw out 4 names. This is the first lot of jockeys/players to race.

Each player takes a horse and his/her position at the beginning of the grid.

Ask a “spectator” to roll the dice. One die is for the horse number and the 2nd is for the number of steps (grid squares) they get to move. It’s a good idea to have 2 difference colours of dice. That way there can’t be any confusion as to which die is being used for which purpose. Or have them throw the dice 1 at a time – horse number first, how many steps second. If your horse number is thrown you get to move the number of squares on the 2nd dice. The object of the game is to get to the end of the grid and back before the other horses. Obviously if you’re not playing with six people, you’ll have “scratched horses”.

Have heats. The winner of each race moves into the next round.

Have prizes for the winner. Make the loser “clean the stalls” – (do the dishes or get the drinks).

You may or may not want to take side bets! Any bookies in the house?

**This horse racing party game is low impact and perfect for adults and kids of all ages.