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It’s what Wimbledon is to tennis, and what Wembley is to football. I guess you could say Aachen is the equestrian sport’s World Cup. Apart from the Olympics, for the equestrian world, CHIO Aachen is what everyone works towards. Every year across ten days in July, the World Equestrian Festival is held in the beautiful […]

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It’s where high society and high fashion mix with thrill-seekers and horse-racing enthusiasts. Throw in a big dose of royalty, and you’ve got yourself a cocktail of fun at one of the world’s most famous horse racing meets. Yes, we’re talking about Royal Ascot, where each year in June, the world’s best thoroughbreds meet for […]

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Horse racing is a popular pastime in Japan, with top jockeys being revered culturally and reaching an almost celebrity-like status. So it’s no surprise that the Japanese have created a form of racing unique only to them – Ban’ei racing! An important part of Japanese culture, Ban’ei racing involves draft horses pulling weighted sleds up […]

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The saying “all good things come in small packages” has never rung so true when it comes to the Shetland Pony Grand National. Miniature ponies thundering over miniature fences with equally miniature jockeys, what’s not to love? It can turn your dark day upside down and have you grinning from ear to ear as you […]

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Looking to spice up your love life or perhaps you’re trying to get a kiss from that special someone? Well forget online dating, I’ve got the answer for you and it involves horses! Yes, I’m talking about dating, the Kazakh way. Kyz kuu, literally meaning ‘girl chasing’, is a popular and traditional sport in the […]

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The National Gallop is a grand equestrian festival in Hungary and is held in one of the most beautiful and majestic environments in Budapest – Heroes Square. First held in 2008, it’s a fairly recent addition to Hungary’s festival calendar but is nonetheless extremely popular with crowds filling every single square inch of space in […]

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Hobbyhorsing is the bizarre trend sweeping across Scandinavia. I’ll just pause and let that sentence sink in for a moment. No you didn’t read it wrong. Imagine hundreds of girls lined up in formation ready to tackle a showjumping course or even a dressage test…except instead of an animal of the equine variety underneath them, […]

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Every ANZAC Day we stop to remember those who gave their lives in battle, and there are many different kinds of commemorative services held across Australia. But one in particular caught my attention, and that’s the Aranda Tribe Ride for Pride. In a remote Aboriginal community in the Aranda country of central Australia, there is […]

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For those of us who are lucky enough to ride or work with horses, I think we can all agree they are beautiful and intelligent animals. But I think we often forget just how truly special they can be. I believe it was Winston Churchill who once claimed, “There is something about the outside of […]

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What I initially thought to be a fictional event created in a novel, has turned out to actually be real globetrotters. If you’ve read Marguerite Henry’s 1947 novel Misty of Chincoteague about the wild mare Phantom and her newborn colt, then you’ll remember a key part of the story is the ‘pony swim’, when the […]

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