Lis Hartel and Jubilee

In 1952, women won the right to compete in dressage at the Olympics and four female riders tried their luck. As if to prove the natural absence of gender bias in dressage, the silver medal went to Lis Hartel, a Danish woman riding her family’s Thoroughbred x Oldenburg mare, Jubilee. But Lis’s gender was hardly […]

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Toilet Talk

We’ve all been there: several hours in the saddle and a few too many gulps of coffee and you find yourself silently praying that someone will shout the words ‘toilet break!’ before things get squirmy. It’s a tad awkward to discuss, but in this blog we’re going to cut the crap – so to speak […]

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Horse Breed: Camargue

Name of breed: Camargue. Country of origin: The Camargue region in France.  Breed origin: The Camargue horse’s origins remain relatively unknown, although it is generally considered one of the oldest breeds of horse in the world. For centuries, possibly thousands of years, these small horses have lived wild in the harsh environment of the Camargue marshes and wetlands […]

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Horse Breed: Quarter Horse - photo by Rebecca Scholz on Pixabay - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Horse Breed: Quarter Horse

Name of breed: Quarter Horse, or American Quarter Horse. Country of origin: United States of America. Breed origins: The foundations for the Quarter Horse’s bloodlines were laid when North American settlers’ Thoroughbreds met the horses brought to Central America by the Spanish, which had spread north and been developed into distinct ‘types’ by Native Americans […]

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Sinterklaas: like Santa, but better

Jolly old Santa Claus isn’t the only version of Saint Nicholas to have survived into the 21st century. Nor, one might very well argue, is he the best version! What could be better than Santa Claus, I hear you ask? The answer is simple: Santa Claus with a horse. I have nothing against a team […]

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Horse Breed: Tibetan Pony

Name of breed: Tibetan pony Country of origin: Tibet Breed origin: The Tibetan pony is an ancient breed that possibly descended from the Mongolian Pony and various Chinese breeds. The remains of Tibetan Ponies dating back 4,000 years have been found in the eastern part of the Tibet Autonomous Region. There are several types of […]

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Horse Breed: Przewalski - Photo by Tengis Galamez on Upsplash - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Horse Breed: Przewalski’s Horse

Name of breed: Przewalski’s Horse. Also known as the Mongolian Wild Horse, Dzungarian Horse or takhi. Place of origin: Central Asia. Breed origin: Przewalski’s horses, or Equus ferus przewalskii, are the last surviving subspecies of wild horse. First described scientifically in the late 19th century by Russian explorer N. M. Przewalski, for whom they are named, they exist […]

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Horse Breed: Paso Fino - photo via horsemen/Shutterstock.com - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Horse Breed: Paso Fino

Name of breed: Paso Fino Country of origin: Puerto Rico, Colombia and other Latin American countries. Breed origin: The ancestors of the Paso Fino travelled from Spain in 1493 on Christopher Columbus’ second voyage to the New World. Columbus brought a mixture of Barbs, Spanish Jennets and Andalusians and established new populations at Santa Domingo […]

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Elyne Mitchell

Elyne Mitchell is best known as the author of the much-loved children’s book series, The Silver Brumby. I’m sure I am not the only globetrotter who can say that the silver brumby galloped through my childhood dreams! But there was far more to Elyne’s life than children’s books. Born in Melbourne in 1913, Elyne Mitchell […]

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Golegã Horse Fair, Portugal

Golegã Horse Fair happens every November in the town of Golegã, known as the horse capital of Portugal. Overnight, the normally sleepy town is transformed into a buzzing hub of Portuguese horse enthusiasts converging to celebrate their much-loved native breed, the Lusitano. If you’re booked on one of our rides in Portugal in October or […]

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Horse Breed: Mustang - photo by James Marvin Phelps on Flickr - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Horse Breed: Mustang

Name of breed: Mustang Origin: United States of America Breed origin: America’s wild horse, the mustang, is not in fact native to America. When Spanish explorers brought the breed’s ancestors to the New World in the 16th century, horses had been extinct in North America for almost 10,000 years. These Spanish or Iberian horses that […]

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Horse Breed: Barb

Name of breed: Barb. Also Berber or Barbary Country of origin: North Africa Breed origin: The Barb is a northern African horse known for its great hardiness and stamina. The exact origins of this breed are unknown, although it was written of in the second century BC and was certainly well-developed by the 8th century. […]

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Horse Breed: New Forest Pony

Name of breed: New Forest Pony Country of origin: England Breed origin: The ancestors of the New Forest pony roamed the woods and heath of the New Forest before the last Ice Age! The forest itself has been protected since William the Conqueror reserved it as his ‘new hunting forest’ in 1079, and the development […]

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The Battle of Beersheba

On the 31st of October, 1917, the Fourth Australian Light Horse Brigade charged the city of Beersheba in what was then Ottoman Palestine, storming through the Turkish defences. This is widely remembered as the last great cavalry charge. It resulted in the capture of Beersheba and, ultimately, victory for the British Empire’s allied forces in […]

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Horse Breed: Icelandic Horse - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Horse Breed: Icelandic Horse

Name of breed: Icelandic horse Country of origin: Iceland Breed origin: The ancestors of the Icelandic horse were probably brought to Iceland by Norse settlers between 860 and 935 AD. Only the best horses were chosen to undertake the voyage and those that survived became indispensable to the settlers as they eked out a living […]

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Whiskey of Fort Snelling

Whiskey was a chestnut gelding who was quite unremarkable to look at, but possessed truly remarkable intelligence and a great talent for jumping. He became the adored mascot of the U.S. Army station at Fort Snelling, Minnesota. When he arrived at Fort Snelling as a ten-year-old in 1921, he was rebellious and wild. Those who […]

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Horse Breed: Peruvian Paso - photo by Renzo Gaspary on Unsplash - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Horse Breed: Peruvian Paso

Name of breed: Peruvian Paso Country of origin: Peru Breed origin: The Peruvian Paso is a light saddle horse known for its natural four-beat, lateral gait, the paso llano. Peruvian Paso foals can be seen gaiting alongside their dams within a few hours of birth. The breed has been protected by the Peruvian government since 1992 and […]

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Horse Breed: Mongol

Name of breed: Mongol, or Mongolian horse Country of origin: Mongolia Breed origin: The origins of the Mongol horse are hard to determine. Of all horse breeds, Mongol horses have the largest genetic variety, indicating that the breed is very archaic with little human-induced selection. Some believe that Mongol horses were the first true breed […]

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Man o’ War

Man o’ War is widely considered one of the best racehorses in history. He won 20 races out of 21 starts, his winnings equating to $3,047,000 USD in today’s economy. He set three world records, two American records and three track records in his two-year racing career. His stride, measured at 28 feet, is believed […]

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Horse Breed: Kladruber

Name of breed: Kladruber, or Oldkladruby Country of origin: Czech Republic Breed origin: The Kladruber is not only the oldest Czech horse breed, but also considered one of the oldest breeds in the world. The Kladruber’s history dates back to 1579, when the Habsburg emperor Rudolf II founded the Narodni hrebcin, or national stud, in […]

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Jump Off

If you’re a horse person living in Australia and haven’t yet tuned in to Jump Off, I have two words for you: WATCH IT!! Jump Off is a new reality series being broadcast on Seven Network and Racing.com. As the series progresses, we watch as five teams of trainers, riders and off-the-track Thoroughbreds compete to […]

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