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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Horse Breed: Tarpan

Name of breed: Tarpan Country of origin: Russia, although Tarpans once roamed over most of Europe. Breed origin: The original Tarpan is an extinct subspecies of horse whose scientific name is Equus ferus ferus. The Tarpan developed during the ice age as a subspecies of Equus ferus, which lived all over the land from western […]

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Three Bars

The first time you hear it, it comes as a bit of a shock: a Thoroughbred stallion shaped the Quarter Horse as we know it today. Three Bars was born in 1940, a full-blooded Thoroughbred with champion sprinters on both sides of his pedigree. ‘You know when you hit the jackpot [on a slot machine] […]

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Coast Guard Beach Patrol, WWII

This image shows the Coast Guard Beach Patrol on duty in Virginia during World War II. At its height, the Beach Patrol employed about 24,000 men aged 17 to 73, protecting 3,700 miles of coastline from potential enemy invasion. The Beach Patrol began in June 1942 and lasted until preparations began for the Normandy invasion […]

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World Record: Highest Jump by a Horse

The Guinness World Record for the highest jump by a horse was set by Captain Alberto Larraguibel and ‘Huaso’ in Chile, 1949. The pair jumped 2.47 metres! Formerly named Faithful, Huaso was born in Chile in 1933. After a failed racing career, a near-fatal injury crushing his new owner’s dressage aspirations and an unpromising start […]

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Titanic’s Anchor: 20 Horses Pulling 16 Tonnes

A ship the size of the Titanic needed some serious stopping gear! The anchor commissioned for the vessel weighed a whopping 16 tonnes, and was forged at Noah Hingley & Sons ironworks in Netherton, in England’s Midlands. In order to get the anchor to the Titanic, it needed to be transported from the Netherton ironworks […]

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Oregon Wonder Horses

Long-haired horses have been revered throughout history. The first famous long-haired horse was a Percheron called Prince Imperial. First owned by Napoleon’s nephew, Emperor Charles Louis Napoleon Bonaparte III, Prince Imperial was bought by Jacob Howser, who took him to the USA to improve local bloodlines. Credited with having the longest forelock and mane in […]

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Copenhagen: The Horse who Won at Waterloo

Copenhagen was a chestnut stallion of Arabian and Thoroughbred breeding who saw the Duke of Wellington emerge unscathed and victorious at Waterloo. But that’s not all there is to his story. Copenhagen’s dam, Lady Catherine, was the war horse of a brigade commander at the Battle of Copenhagen in 1807. Unbeknownst to her rider, she […]

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The Horse in Motion

In 1872, Eadweard Muybridge settled a long-disputed question: at a gallop, does a horse have all four hooves off the ground at once? Many people thought this was impossible, while others believed it was likely – although they imagined the horse would have all four legs extended outwards, rather than tucked underneath, when airborne. The […]

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The Godolphin Arabian

Few horses can claim to have had more effect on the modern Thoroughbred than the Godolphin Arabian. Now the subject of poems, novels and paintings, this stallion had a pretty rough start. From what history can tell us, it seems he was a small, golden-bay Arabian horse born on the Barbary Coast of northern Africa […]

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Tentpegging- A History

Tent pegging is a high adrenaline sport that many people around the world participate in. The game originated from a military exercise of ancient origins and is one of the few equestrian sports that is recognised by the FEI. Tentpegging is a mounted game where people gallop at a series of ground targets holding a […]

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The Philippaerts Family

The Philippaerts are a Belgium family who has horse riding and show jumping in their blood! Ludo Philippaerts was a showjumping wizard and his wife Veronique was a master in the dressage arena before they had their four sons (Olivier, Nicola, Thibault and Anthony) to carry on their name in the equestrian world. Their passion […]

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Prometea- The First Cloned Horse

Prometea, the first-ever cloned horse, was born in a province of Italy on May 28, 2003. This year, the Halflinger cross mare will be 15 years old! It was declared the turn of a new century for the equine world and saw the start of cloning elite horses in polo and the racing industry. But […]

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ANZAC Light Horse Brigade

The Australian Light Horse Brigade was a group of mounted troops who served in the Second Boer War and World War One. The mounted men had both cavalry and infantry characteristics on how they worked and by the outbreak of WWI, there were 23 light horse regiments in the military (that’s 9,000 men and horses!). […]

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Black Caviar- The Wondermare!

Undefeated for all of her 25 starts…say WHAT? That’s right, the Australian bred Thoroughbred superstar of a mare ‘Black Caviar’ had 25 starts throughout her racing career and remained undefeated the entire time. Is there any other racehorse who can claim that statistic? If you know of one, please do share! ‘Black Caviar’ was trained […]

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Ammo and The Sydney Olympics

Time to meet an amazing horse named Ammo who was a true star of the Opening Ceremony at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000. To ride into an arena with thousands and thousands of people roaring and rear TWICE while whips cracked to signal the start of the games is truly a feat of horsemanship […]

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“Traveller” and the American Civil War

Like all violence and wars, the American Civil War was a horrific time for both man and horse. General Robert E. Lee was a major figure in the war and one of the most memorable horses that he rode on was a grey American Saddlebred called “Traveller”. FUN FACT! Even though “Traveller” was an American-bred […]

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Stroller the Wonder Pony

Marion Coakes came from a family of fanatic showjumpers (her two brothers were already in the Junior British Show Jumping team!!) and when she met ‘Stroller’ in 1960, they had to prove their worth! At the time Marion was just 13 and was moving on from her previous pony ‘Magic’. Stroller was 10. The Thoroughbred […]

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A Trip Down Memory Lane

I am a horse mad person; it doesn’t matter what I am doing, it always has something to do with horses, ponies and everything in between. When I was little (and still to this day) I LOVED to watch horsey movies. We all have our favourites that we know every single word to and these […]

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Wilton Fair

The Irish Sport Horse ‘Wilton Fair’ (also known as Wilbur) was born in Ireland in 1977. He was brought through the eventing ranks by Sir Mark Todd who would go on to win the Burghley CC14* in 1987. After this victory, Todd sold Wilbur over to Matt Firestone who unfortunately found him too big (and […]

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Michelle Payne: The First Female Jockey to Win the Melbourne Cup

The first female jockey in the history of the Melbourne Cup to win this iconic race was the talented Michelle Payne back in 2015. On board her trusty steed ‘Prince of Penzance’, she won by half a length to become the first female in the history of the race (which, FYI, is 155 years old!!!). […]

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