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It’s no secret that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is a passionate horsewoman. She’s been recognised by the FEI with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her dedication to the horse, has been ranked among the top breeders in the UK (she owns a modest string of racehorses) and we’ve all seen the photos of her […]

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She was small in size and had a less than ideal conformation, but Jenny Camp was a mare who came out on top and made the history books at a time when the world was in turmoil. Born in 1926 at the US Army Remount Station in Front Royal, Virginia, she was of Thoroughbred-Standardbred breeding, […]

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Since the cowboy first pointed his gun in The Great Train Robbery in 1903, Western movies have entertained audiences the world over with their stories, landscapes and colourful cowboy characters. And thanks to the power of 2004 film Hidalgo’s visual imagery, audience interest in the genre has once again been captured. But, like my mum […]

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There is often a price paid for greatness, and those who were in racing filly Ruffian’s camp might understand that better than most. There are so many accounts throughout history of horses overcoming great odds to emerge victorious, but Ruffian’s tale is a little different. No other horse quite encapsulates the triumph and tragedy horse […]

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This is not just another story about a horse who did amazing things, no siree. It’s a story about a horse who, despite every single odd stacked against him, made a miraculous ‘comeback’ after a life-threatening injury and went on to be crowned Champion Show Jumper of New York State in the 1940s. It’s a […]

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Ten million fighting men died in World War One. But what is less remembered is that at least eight million horses died too, a number that is absolutely inconceivable to me. According to the Australian War Memorial, during WWI Australia sent 136,000 horses overseas to be used by used by the Australian, British and Indian […]

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It appears every great horse has a great story, whether it be they come from humble beginnings and shine when it’s needed most, or they are born great, suffer some terrible mishap but keep going and return to greatness once more. Poco Lena’s story is the latter, a tale mixed with triumph and tragedy Born […]

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Nan Jeanne Aspinwall Gable Lambell was the first woman to ride on horseback across America alone. She rode from San Francisco to New York, covering 4496 miles and 180 days in the saddle, all in the name of a bet made with Buffalo Bill, whose Wild West show she performed in with her husband. Her […]

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Alexander the Great is arguably the greatest military conqueror the world has ever seen. But in addition to this, he was apparently the world’s first horse whisperer! Bucephalus, the horse Alexander rode for thousands of miles and through many battles to create his mighty empire, did not have the best of beginnings. Legend has it […]

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Thirty years ago on the equestrian world’s biggest stage, an unknown female rider snagged the individual gold medal out from under the noses of three men at the World Championships, a result that thrilled the world. Canadian Gail Greenough headed into the final four at the 1986 World Championships in Aachen as the underdog. It […]

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