It goes doubly for equestrian sports though. Horse riding, at any level, is a very expensive hobby. There simply aren't very many opportunities for inner city kids to learn to ride. The general sports divide between comprehensive and private education is simply a matter of the attention sport receives in general at those educational institutions. It's one of the reasons why if I'm ever cursed with offspring, that I will do everything I can to have them privately educated. I can always beat the toff out of them later.