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Elyne Mitchell is best known as the author of the much-loved children’s book series, The Silver Brumby. I’m sure I am not the only globetrotter who can say that the silver brumby galloped through my childhood dreams! But there was far more to Elyne’s life than children’s books. Born in Melbourne in 1913, Elyne Mitchell […]

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On the 31st of October, 1917, the Fourth Australian Light Horse Brigade charged the city of Beersheba in what was then Ottoman Palestine, storming through the Turkish defences. This is widely remembered as the last great cavalry charge. It resulted in the capture of Beersheba and, ultimately, victory for the British Empire’s allied forces in […]

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Whiskey was a chestnut gelding who was quite unremarkable to look at, but possessed truly remarkable intelligence and a great talent for jumping. He became the adored mascot of the U.S. Army station at Fort Snelling, Minnesota. When he arrived at Fort Snelling as a ten-year-old in 1921, he was rebellious and wild. Those who […]

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Man o’ War is widely considered one of the best racehorses in history. He won 20 races out of 21 starts, his winnings equating to $3,047,000 USD in today’s economy. He set three world records, two American records and three track records in his two-year racing career. His stride, measured at 28 feet, is believed […]

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Tony the Wonder Horse was a equine movie star of epic proportions. Silent film actor Tom Mix purchased the horse for $600 after his mainstay horse, Old Blue, died, and Tony had his screen debut in the 1917 film, ‘The Heart of Texas Ryan’. Tony took to the screen well with his bold blaze and white socks, […]

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On the 19th of January 2010, Big Jake officially became the world record holder for ‘Tallest Horse Living’. Standing a whopping 20.2 hands high (82 inches, or 210 centimetres), Big Jake is a Belgian Draught Horse gelding. He was born to two average-sized Belgian horses, but by the time he came to his current owners […]

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From the 1870s to the 1920s, the hansom cab was one of the most popular means of transport on the bustling streets of Sydney. Hansom cabs were pulled by only one horse, with two to three passengers seated inside the cab and the driver seated behind, looking over the roof. Their speed, affordability and agility […]

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This is Frank, a veteran of the American Civil War. Frank was assigned to Isaac R. Swartout, a private in Battery D of the 1st New York Artillery in the 5th Army Corps. “Ike” Swartout and his trusty horse were local legends in Pennsylvania, and no wonder: together they fought in 15 battles throughout the […]

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Marengo was the favourite mount of Napoleon, a white stallion known for his courage and toughness. When he was depicted in the above painting by Jacques Louis David, Marengo became a symbol of the French revolution, shaping Napoleon’s public image across Europe. However idealised the painting may be, perhaps the most unrealistic element is Napoleon […]

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Most of us know the story of Seabiscuit, the underdog who went on to become a legendary racehorse. No? Then read this first! One very important character in Seabiscuit’s life was Pumpkin, a palomino gelding who was introduced to Seabiscuit by his trainer, Tom Smith. Pumpkin was an experienced lead pony, having calmed the nerves […]

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