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Name of breed: Trakehner Country of origin: East Prussia (now Germany) Breed origin: The Trakehner breed was originally developed at the East Prussian state stud farm in the town of Trakehnen, from which the breed takes its name. The state stud was established in 1731, and between 1817 and 1837, Arabian, Thoroughbred and Turkoman horses […]

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Name of breed: Andalusian, also known as the Pure Spanish Horse or PRE (pura raza española) Country of origin: Spain Breed origin: The Andalusian originated on the Iberian Peninsula in Spain, where its ancestors, Iberian horses, were present as far back as 20-30,000 BC. These horses had many influences as civilisations came and went from […]

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Are you booked to visit the Emerald Isle for our Castle and Estate Ride? We had the pleasure of meeting the delightful Blueberry, a fine upstanding equine member of the Estate’s stable. Read on to find out what makes her such a special guest horse. Name of horse: Blueberry Breed: Irish Draught Height: 16.2 hands […]

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On the Castle and Estate Ride in Ireland, the magnificent equestrian centre is run by the wonderful Jenny Richardson. When it comes to keeping her equine charges in tip top condition and choosing the perfect horses for her guests, she’s a human dynamo. Read on to learn more about Jenny and her extremely enviable job. […]

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If you can’t get enough of the Glenorchy Back Country ride, don’t worry, you’re certainly not alone! And thanks to Brielle Hallett, who recently completed this sell-out ride, you can quench your appetite for all things New Zealand with this glimpse into life as a globetrotter! Day 1: Arrive at High Country Horses Getting off […]

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Name of breed: Hackney Country of origin: England Breed origin: Although the Hackney originated in Norfolk, England, the name comes from a French word, ‘haquenee’, which was used to describe a riding horse with an exceptionally comfortable trot or amble. From its development in the 14th century, this type of horse became very popular as […]

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Giles and Miranda Crawford-Alards are the combined driving force behind our ride in Andalusia, Spain. These guys take enormous pride in their work and love nothing more than showing off the sublimely beautiful countryside of southern Spain from the backs of their super-responsive Andalusian, or PRE horses. Read on to learn more about the passion […]

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If you’ve signed up for a saddle seat on our Andalucia, Spain ride you might just be lucky enough to manage a double whammy and get to ride the delightful Embrujarda. We asked our guides, Giles and Miranda, for the rundown on this beautiful mare. Horse’s Name: Embrujada (means ‘bewitched’) Breed: Pura Raza Española (Purebred […]

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Name of breed: Standardbred, or American Standardbred. Country of origin: United States of America. Breed origin: The world’s fastest harness racing horse, the Standardbred was developed in America in the late 18th and early 19th centuries after a Thoroughbred stallion called Messenger was imported from England. Messenger was a ‘flat racer’, not a trotter, but […]

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Kat Spencer has been a horse lover her whole life, and she recently embarked on her very first horse riding holiday. Not one to do things by halves, Kat signed up for our exploratory ride in Iceland, an epic adventure that saw her ride with a herd of horses across Iceland’s dramatic and changeable wilderness. […]

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