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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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Is it a rodeo? An exhibition? A festival? Or all three? More than just midway rides, bucking broncos and a ten day long celebration of Western heritage, the Calgary Stampede is a gathering place for horse enthusiasts from all over the world – hosting, educating and entertaining a global audience. To locals it’s ‘The Greatest […]

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The Festival Fantasia is a centuries-old cultural performance in Morocco that combines history and storytelling, and celebrates the North African tradition of a close relationship with masculinity, horses and warfare. It is performed at weddings and holiday celebrations throughout Morocco, as well as annual festivals, and is an ever-present reminder of the country’s Berber cultural […]

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Each year, in the harsh climate of one of the oldest deserts in the world, the African Endurance Championships take place. Welcome to Namibia globetrotters, or more specifically, Walvis Bay in the Namib Desert. The Walvis Bay Endurance Ride takes riders over some of the highest dunes in the world, and is not only one […]

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Dramatically beautiful and historically famous for its wild white horses, Camargue is a region located in the south of France, home to one of the oldest living breeds of horses in the world. The Camargue horse is said to have lived in the Camargue marshes and wetlands for thousands of years and has long standing […]

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The festivals celebrated in Japan have a unique cultural significance and are a feast for the eyes. The colours, the ceremonial dresses, the details, they are all quite extraordinary! Held on the second Saturday in June, the Chagu Chagu horse festival sees some 100 horses, fitted with brightly coloured harnesses and lots, I mean LOTS […]

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In the Soma district of Fukushima Prefecture, a famous horse-breeding region in Japan, a festive event called Soma Nomaoi has been held since ancient times. Said to have its origins in the early 10th century when samurai warriors secretly commenced their military exercises, this festival is held across four days each year from July 22 […]

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