Tony the Wonder Horse

Tony the Wonder Horse was a equine movie star of epic proportions. Silent film actor Tom Mix purchased the horse for $600 after his mainstay horse, Old Blue, died, and Tony had his screen debut in the 1917 film, ‘The Heart of Texas Ryan’. Tony took to the screen well with his bold blaze and white socks, […]

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Shetland Pony Racing

Shetland pony racing may just be the cutest equestrian sport in existence. In just a few years, it has grown from a few charity races here and there to a fully-fledged competitive sport. Check out this race in Bath, England to see just how serious (and freakin’ adorable!!) it can get! The US has taken […]

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Horse Breed: Yili

Breed name: Yili Country of origin: China Breed origin: The Yili breed was developed in the 1900s with the aim of improving local Kazakh stock in the Xinjiang Uygur region of China. Russians settling in the region brought stallions to crossbreed with the Kazakh horses, which were largely Mongolian. When the local government got involved […]

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The World’s Tallest Living Horse

On the 19th of January 2010, Big Jake officially became the world record holder for ‘Tallest Horse Living’. Standing a whopping 20.2 hands high (82 inches, or 210 centimetres), Big Jake is a Belgian Draught Horse gelding. He was born to two average-sized Belgian horses, but by the time he came to his current owners […]

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Horse Breed: Suffolk Punch

Breed name: Suffolk Punch, also known as the Suffolk Horse or the Suffolk Sorrel. Country of origin: England. Breed origin: The Suffolk Punch is England’s oldest breed of heavy horse, dating back to the early 16th century. Developed in Suffolk and the surrounding counties in East Anglia, the breed’s most distinguishing feature is its colouring. […]

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Sydney’s Last Hansom Cab

From the 1870s to the 1920s, the hansom cab was one of the most popular means of transport on the bustling streets of Sydney. Hansom cabs were pulled by only one horse, with two to three passengers seated inside the cab and the driver seated behind, looking over the roof. Their speed, affordability and agility […]

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Megan Jones, Event Rider - photo by Franz Venhaus via Flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0) - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Megan Jones, Event Rider

Megan Jones is a champion event rider who has represented Australia in the Olympics and achieved great success on her home-bred horses. From her equestrian centre in the beautiful Adelaide Hills, South Australia, Megan and her team run a plethora of programmes and events for everyone from professional riders to horse-loving kids. Megan very kindly […]

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Horse Breed: Australian Draught Horse

Breed name: Australian Draught Horse Country of Origin: Australia Breed origin: The Australian Draught Horse was developed in the 1800s from the four main draught breeds brought to Australia with the early settlers: Clydesdale, Shire, Percheron and Suffolk Punch. With the boom of agriculture after the gold rush period, heavy horses were in high demand […]

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Horse Breed: Dartmoor Pony

Breed name: Dartmoor Country of origin: England Breed origin: Named after its ancient habitat, the moors of Dartmoor in southwest England, the Dartmoor pony pre-dates modern Britain by a long shot. The bones of their prehistoric ancestors have been discovered in tombs in southern Britain dating back to around 3500 BC. At that point in […]

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Frank the War Horse

This is Frank, a veteran of the American Civil War. Frank was assigned to Isaac R. Swartout, a private in Battery D of the 1st New York Artillery in the 5th Army Corps. “Ike” Swartout and his trusty horse were local legends in Pennsylvania, and no wonder: together they fought in 15 battles throughout the […]

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Napoleon and Marengo

Marengo was the favourite mount of Napoleon, a white stallion known for his courage and toughness. When he was depicted in the above painting by Jacques Louis David, Marengo became a symbol of the French revolution, shaping Napoleon’s public image across Europe. However idealised the painting may be, perhaps the most unrealistic element is Napoleon […]

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Horse Breed: Freiberger - photo by Christophe Dayer on Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Horse Breed: Freiberger

Name of breed: Freiberger, or Franches-Montagnes Country of origin: Switzerland Breed origin: The Freiberger breed originates from the hilly Jura region of northwestern Switzerland. Depending on who you ask, it is either a heavy warmblood or a light coldblood, but its origins are decidedly heavy. In the 19th century, the native Jura horse was crossed […]

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Horse Breed: Kerry Bog Pony

Name of breed: Kerry Bog Pony Country of origin: Ireland Breed origin: As its name suggests, the Kerry Bog Pony originated in Kerry, a county in the southwest of Ireland. DNA testing has revealed that it shares ancient roots with breeds from northern Europe such as the Icelandic horse and Shetland pony. This is hardly […]

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FEI World Equestrian Games

The FEI World Equestrian Games are held every four years, in the middle of the Olympic cycle. It is one of the biggest events on the global equestrian calendar, with eight disciplines included in the programme and over 700 riders set to compete this year. The 2018 Games will be held from the 11th to […]

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Horse Breed: Campeiro

Name of breed: Campeiro, or Marchador das Araucárias. Country of Origin: Brazil. Breed origin: The Campeiro horse originated from Spanish and Portuguese stock that was brought to Brazil by Captain Alveres Nunes in the 1540s. Some of these horses were lost during the expedition and formed a feral population in the area encompassing Rio Grande, the Paraná plains and […]

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Pumpkin, Seabiscuit’s Best Friend

Most of us know the story of Seabiscuit, the underdog who went on to become a legendary racehorse. No? Then read this first! One very important character in Seabiscuit’s life was Pumpkin, a palomino gelding who was introduced to Seabiscuit by his trainer, Tom Smith. Pumpkin was an experienced lead pony, having calmed the nerves […]

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Horse Breed: Kinsky

Breed name: Kinsky. Also known as Equus Kinsky, or the Golden Horse of Bohemia. Country of origin: Czech Republic. Breed origin: The origin of the Kinsky horse is a legend in itself. The story goes that over a thousand years ago, a Bohemian princess was travelling through the country when she and her entourage were […]

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Be Still My Aching Boobs! Best Bras for Horse Riding

If you’re anything over a size B, you’re probably painfully aware of the importance of wearing the right bra for horse riding. The photo above is actually part of a social campaign from the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation, but I’m betting I’m not the only one who’s reminded of my own bra collection! The […]

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Fire Horses

From the 1830s to the 1920s, fire engines in many parts of the world were pulled by horses. Galloping to the blaze pulling a billowing, fuming steam engine and sometimes an escape ladder, too, the horses allowed firefighters to use larger, more effective engines and to reach the fire much faster. Prior to the introduction […]

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Horse Breed: Waler

Breed name: Waler Country of origin: Australia Breed origin: The Waler was developed in colonial Australia by crossing a huge number of breeds including heavy draught types, strong coach horses, Timor Ponies and native British ponies, Thoroughbreds, Arabians and the African Cape Horse. To handle the harsh Australian conditions and the tough work required of […]

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Fiona Hughes – Sit Tight Radio

Fiona Hughes has been riding horses her whole life, and enriching the Aussie eventing scene for much of that time. Her latest project, Sit Tight Radio, brings listeners top quality equestrian info-tainment in the form of commentaries from Australia’s major 3 day events. We caught up with Fi to learn more about Sit Tight Radio […]

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