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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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Three Paralympic debutants will join Beijing 2008 Paralympian, Sharon Jarvis in Rio this month, to compete for Australia in the 2016 Paralympics. Jarvis will lead teammates Emma Booth, Katie Umback and Lisa Martin on the equestrian arena at Deodoro Stadium. Australia has enjoyed great success in the para-equestrian competition since it was introduced in Atlanta […]

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In just a few short months time all eyes will be on Rio de Janiero in Brazil when the Olympic Games begin. So we wanted to delve into a bit of the history behind the equestrian competition in the game and look at Australia’s involvement over the years. Equestrian has been part of the Olympic […]

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Have you seen the movie The Horse Boy? I had vaguely heard about the autobiographical book and documentary feature film -but that’s where my knowledge stopped. A girlfriend of mine, who we had travelled to Mongolia with a couple of years ago stumbled across on the documentary on ABC iview (my favourite) and urged me […]

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Even though it’s a run-of-the-mill name – Tony – was a equine movie star of epic proportions. Actor Tom Mix purchased the horse for $600, and Tony had his movie debut in 1917 in the film ‘The Heart of Texas Ryan.’ Tony trotted into movie stardom after Mix’s mainstay horse Old Blue died. In total, the duo, Mix […]

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Not to boast but I’ve ridden a lot of safari horses in my globetrotting career. Definition: A safari horse are the horses used on the horse riding holidays that I offer and are ridden by guests. I’ve ridden a range of breeds from South African Boerped’s, warmbloods, polo ponies, thoroughbreds, Mangalarga’s, Somalian bred and Mongol horses – […]

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My father and I have just gotten back from a four day horse clinic hosted by Australian horseman Ken Faulkner. I first heard of Ken through a friend who had completed one of his clinics at his property in rural Queensland. She arrived a not-so-confident rider with a new horse and came away from the […]

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To tell you the truth, I’ve never really had formal riding lessons. I was taught to ride by my father on the dusty plains in rural Queensland. Thinking back the true teachers were the horses I rode. They certainly weren’t push button ponies by any standard. Dad put me and my two siblings on a […]

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“Your horse is a mirror to your soul, and sometimes you may not like what you see. Sometimes, you will.” Buck Brannaman After relinquishing television three years ago, I’ve started watching documentaries online while feeding Miss Finn in the wee hours of the morning (generally 3am). I recently watched the stunning documentary Buck, which patchworks together […]

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A friend recently told me about an amazing mobile art project titled ‘Wild Horses of Sable Island‘. She was fortunate to see the exhibition in the flesh which she described as breath-taking. Even through a blinking computer screen the black and white, emotive images of these powerful and resourceful equines and the touching video spoke […]

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