Horse Breed: Marismeño - photo by David Rengel - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Horse Breed: Marismeño

Name of breed: Marismeño Country of origin: Spain Breed origin: The Marismeño is an endangered breed, and one of the oldest in Europe. It is native to the marshlands of the Guadalquivir River in Andalusia, Spain. Current populations exist mostly within the Doñana National Park, a 543 km2 nature reserve of marshes, sand dunes and shallow […]

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Horse Breed: Selle Français - Haras de Hus - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Horse Breed: Selle Français

Name of breed: Selle Français, also known as the Cheval de Selle Français Country of origin: France Breed origin: Like most warmblood horse breeds, the Selle Français was developed with a mixture of different and diverse breeds. In the 19th century, Norman breeders imported Thoroughbreds and Norfolk Trotters, crossing them with their native stock. These […]

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Planning for Bushfires with Horses

As I write this, Australia is burning. The fires have already seared seven times the land that burnt during last year’s Amazon rainforest fires, and over a billion animals are estimated to have been killed. On our property in the hills above the Sunshine Coast, we have horses, ponies, dogs, guinea pigs and children. It’s […]

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Australia is on Fire: we need your help

It’s a very sombre start to the New Year here in Australia. It’s hard to have that twinkle of hope and fizz of excitement that a new decade brings when parts of our country are burning. Tears are constantly slipping down my face. The more I read, the more photos I see. I sit here […]

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Horse Breed: Dole - Solveig Johanne Rasmussen Photography - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Horse Breed: Dole

Name of breed: Dole, but it’s also known as the Dølehest, Dole Trotter, Dole Gudbrandsdal, Ostlandhester and Norwegian Trotter. Country of origin: Norway Breed origin: The Dole is the largest of Norway’s four native horse breeds. It originated in the Gudbrandsdal valley in the east of Norway and while organised breeding only began in the […]

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Mari Lwyd, the Scary Welsh Christmas Horse

Yep, it’s as weird as it sounds – no, weirder, actually. The Welsh Christmas-time tradition of Mari Lwyd involves a hobby horse made by mounting a horse’s skull on a stick, with a white sheet decorated with ribbons and bells concealing the man beneath, who animates the horse. The Mari Lwyd, the white mare, is […]

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Horse Breed: Criollo - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Horse breed: Criollo

Name of breed: Criollo, sometimes called the Argentine Criollo Country of origin: South America – Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Paraguay Breed origin: The Criollo is synonymous with the gaucho (the horseman and cowboy of the pampas) – the saying goes that a gaucho without a horse is the same as a man without legs. The Criollo’s […]

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Jerez Horse Fair

If you are visiting Spain in May – maybe even to experience our rides in Andalusia or Catalonia, or the Dressage Ride – then you MUST visit the Jerez Horse Fair! This festival is an annual event in Andalusia, the southwest region of Spain, homeland of the gorgeous Andalusian horse. Thousands of visitors flock to […]

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Globetrotting's new rides in 2020

Globetrotting’s New Rides in 2020

If you’ve been keeping an eye on our website, you’ll know that we’ve added a lot of bucket list horse riding holidays to our portfolio lately. Some are brand new arrivals, and some have been public knowledge for a while – which is why many are already sold out! So here’s a bit of a […]

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Horse Breed: Dales Pony

Name of breed: Dales Pony, or simply Dales Country of origin: United Kingdom Breed origin: A native mountain and moorland pony from the Yorkshire Dales of England, this breed was originally developed as a pack pony for the lead industry, which flourished in the region from Roman times until the mid-19th century. Teams of nine […]

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Feedback on the Margaret River Ride

‘Truly the best five days of my life!’ – that’s how Kate Stanbury summed up her debut Globetrotting holiday, The Margaret River Ride in Western Australia! And THAT is why we love our job. Nothing brings us more joy than receiving feedback like this, knowing that we’ve helped someone create memories that they will treasure […]

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Horse Breed: Cleveland Bay - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Horse Breed: Cleveland Bay

Name of breed: Cleveland Bay Country of origin: England Breed origin: The Cleveland Bay is England’s oldest breed of horse, although the Cleveland Bay Horse Society and studbook was not formed until 1884. It is also the last remaining pure breed of warmblood! The origins of the Cleveland Bay predate any written records of its […]

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The Haflinger Horse Run

This may just be the cutest horse event you’ve never heard of, globetrotters! Nestled among the mountains of central Germany is Meura Stud Farm, the biggest Haflinger stud farm in Europe. Winters in Germany are harsh, and the stud keeps its herd safe and comfortable in barns throughout the coldest months. Then, when spring finally […]

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Horse Breed – Belgian Draught Horse

Name of breed: Belgian Draught Horse, also called the Belgian Heavy Horse or simply the Belgian. Country of origin: Belgium Breed origin: The Belgian Draught Horse is a breed from the Brabant region of modern Belgium. Many believe it is descended from the destrier – the best-known Medieval war horse. Regardless, it is certainly true […]

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Horse Breed: Dutch Warmblood - Team Nijhof - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Horse Breed: Dutch Warmblood

Name of breed: Dutch Warmblood, also known as the Dutch Sport Horse or KWPN Country of origin: Netherlands Breed origin: As the name suggests, the Dutch Warmblood comes from the Netherlands, where its development began just over a hundred years ago in the provinces of Gelderland and Groningen. Gelderland is an area with soft, sandy […]

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Globetrotting's Most Luxurious Rides

Globetrotting’s Most Luxurious Rides

Some globetrotters want a horse riding holiday that will get them back to the fundamentals of life – they dream of starting the day with a campfire breakfast before saddling their own horse and heading out for an intrepid day’s riding, then curling up in a tent beneath the stars. BUT, there are also globetrotters […]

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Horse Breed: Pony of the Americas - Cowgirl Magazine - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Horse Breed: Pony of the Americas

Name of breed: Pony of the Americas Country of origin: United States of America Breed origin: The Pony of the Americas is a relatively modern breed that was developed as a calm, intelligent and versatile mid-sized pony with striking appaloosa markings. It all started in 1954, when a Shetland Pony breeder called Les Boomhower was […]

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You’re Never Too Old to Go Globetrotting

Are you over sixty and concerned that you’re too old to complete one of our horse riding holidays? Age is no barrier in signing up for a horse riding adventure. The majority of our globetrotters range in age from 35 right through to 72, so you’ll be in good company no matter which ride you decide […]

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Horse Breed: Welsh Pony and Cob - Bellingara Stud - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Horse Breed: Welsh Pony & Cob

Name of breed: Welsh Pony and Cob Country of origin: Wales Breed origin: The Welsh Pony and Cob is technically four closely related breeds, all of which developed in Wales. There is evidence to suggest that a Welsh-type pony existed before 1600 BC, and these ponies were certainly well-established by the time the Romans reached […]

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Beezie Madden, Showjumping Legend

The showjumping world is full of hair-raising stories and legendary horses and riders – and Beezie Madden is one rider who has certainly had her fair share of unforgettable mounts and moments! The American show jumper was the first woman to earn over $1 million in show jumping, the first woman AND the first American […]

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Horse Breed: Timor Pony - AboutPets - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Horse Breed: Timor Pony

Name of breed: Timor Pony Country of origin: Timor, Indonesia Breed origin: The Timor Pony is believed to have evolved in Indonesia over countless centuries. Horses of some kind have existed on the island since at least the 6th century, and were often traded with Thailand, Cambodia and Laos along the Tea Horse Road. In […]

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