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. Guests on our ride in Portugal are blessed with absolutely perfect timing for […]

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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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Equestria Festival, France

I was recently fortunate enough to attend an incredible festival in the French city of Tarbes, which is nestled into the foothills of the stunning Pyrenees mountains. Equestria Festival is a celebration of all things equus. It’s like a breed show, but with added llamas. It’s like a gymkhama, but with world class performances every […]

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Man From Snowy River Bush Festival – Corryong

Nothing speaks of Aussie bush heritage more than Banjo Patterson’s famous poem, ‘The Man From Snowy River’. Musicians have sung it, there’s been a movie made about it, and the town of Corryong, at the base of the Australian Alps, has created an entire festival around it. The sleepy little alpine hamlet swells in April […]

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Baroque Horse Festival

This 2-day celebration, known as the Baroque Horse festival, occurs every year in December in the small town of Leigh Creek in Victoria Australia at Kryal Castle. As it is based in a castle, this medieval festival is definitely one to behold! The festival celebrates the noble breeds from the Baroque period. Which horse breeds […]

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L’Ardia di San Costantino Horse Race

Once again we find ourselves looking at an Italian event on the picturesque island of Sardinia. This horse race is called L’Ardia di San Constantino and is a huge event near Sedilo where every year in summery July, thousands of people descend on this island to watch the race. Now, why are they racing you […]

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Scone Horse Festival

The Scone Horse Festival has been running for 37 years, that’s almost four decades (!!!) and celebrates ‘the horse’ in true blue Aussie fashion. Every year across ten days in May, locals and tourists, gather in Scone to join in the celebrations for horses. Just a bit of background about Scone first (just to warm […]

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Sa Sartiglia

If you ever want to check out a beautiful island that loves their horses this would be the one! The people of Sardinia (an island off the coast of Italy) and of the greater surrounds, including tourists, flock to this piece of paradise to witness the 3-day festive affair that is Sa Sartiglia. This medieval […]

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Jerez Horse Fair

If you are going to visit Spain and are as horse crazy as I am, then you MUST visit the Jerez Horse Fair! This festival is an annual event that happens every May in Andalucia, the southwest region of Spain. Yes, this is where those gorgeous Andalusian horses come from! Thousands of horses and visitors […]

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56th Annual Glenorchy Races

A highlight of Queenstown, New Zealand’s social calendar, the Glenorchy races are held annually on the first Saturday of January. Locals see it as a true southern Kiwi experience where anyone with a horse can enter! Be warned though, these races are not for the faint-hearted as local stockmen and women are keen to take […]

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Tissa Horse Festival

The Tissa Horse Festival in Morocco is held each year in October in honour of a 15th century local saint, Sidi Muhammed ben Lahcen and attracts hundreds of horse breeders and owners who come to show off their beautifully groomed horses. These horses are some of the finest of their breeds and range from Arab-Berbers […]

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Hawick Common Ridings

Hello wee lads and lasses! Today we are delving into the Scottish Borders and looking into their annual summer festival called Common Ridings. This tradition takes part in eleven towns in Borders and dates back to the 13th and 14th Centuries, making it one of the oldest equestrian festivals in the world! The Scottish Borders, […]

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St George’s Day Horse Parade

Processions on horseback are traditional in many rural regions of Bavaria, Germany. At these festivals, the horses are all blessed in memory of the important contribution they made to agriculture in past times. Perhaps one of the most well known processions of its kind is Traunstein’s Easter horseback parade, the Georgiritt (St. George’s Day Horse […]

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Royal Windsor Horse Show

When it comes to pomp and ceremony, the Brits know how to do it right. The Royal Windsor Horse Show is one such display of grandeur and takes place in May each year in the Queen’s own backyard, Windsor Castle! First starting in 1943 to help raise funds for the war effort, the show has […]

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The World Nomad Games

Let’s get real for a moment. Where else can you see sports involving horseback wrestling, mounted archery, long-distance racing and eagle hunting all in the one place? You can’t! Unless of course you attend the World Nomad Games, a biennial event showcasing nomadic sports, culture and lifestyle. With promises of all the epic nomadic action […]

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World Equestrian Festival, Aachen

It’s what Wimbledon is to tennis, and what Wembley is to football. I guess you could say Aachen is the equestrian sport’s World Cup. Apart from the Olympics, for the equestrian world, CHIO Aachen is what everyone works towards. Every year across ten days in July, the World Equestrian Festival is held in the beautiful […]

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The National Gallop

The National Gallop is a grand equestrian festival in Hungary and is held in one of the most beautiful and majestic environments in Budapest – Heroes Square. First held in 2008, it’s a fairly recent addition to Hungary’s festival calendar but is nonetheless extremely popular with crowds filling every single square inch of space in […]

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Chincoteague Pony Swim

What I initially thought to be a fictional event created in a novel, has turned out to actually be real globetrotters. If you’ve read Marguerite Henry’s 1947 novel Misty of Chincoteague about the wild mare Phantom and her newborn colt, then you’ll remember a key part of the story is the ‘pony swim’, when the […]

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The Calgary Stampede

Is it a rodeo? An exhibition? A festival? Or all three? More than just midway rides, bucking broncos and a ten day long celebration of Western heritage, the Calgary Stampede is a gathering place for horse enthusiasts from all over the world – hosting, educating and entertaining a global audience. To locals it’s ‘The Greatest […]

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Festival Fantasia

The Festival Fantasia is a centuries-old cultural performance in Morocco that combines history and storytelling, and celebrates the North African tradition of a close relationship with masculinity, horses and warfare. It is performed at weddings and holiday celebrations throughout Morocco, as well as annual festivals, and is an ever-present reminder of the country’s Berber cultural […]

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Chagu Chagu Umakko Horse Festival

The festivals celebrated in Japan have a unique cultural significance and are a feast for the eyes. The colours, the ceremonial dresses, the details, they are all quite extraordinary! Held on the second Saturday in June, the Chagu Chagu horse festival sees some 100 horses, fitted with brightly coloured harnesses and lots, I mean LOTS […]

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