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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Horse Breed: Cerbat Mustang

Name of breed: Cerbat Mustang Country of origin: Arizona, USA Breed origin: The actual origin of Cerbat Mustangs is unclear and there are a number of theories as to how the breed developed. One theory states that the Cerbat Mustang is descended from Spanish Mustangs brought to the US in the 1500s. While another theory […]

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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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Walvis Bay Endurance Ride

Each year, in the harsh climate of one of the oldest deserts in the world, the African Endurance Championships take place. Welcome to Namibia globetrotters, or more specifically, Walvis Bay in the Namib Desert. The Walvis Bay Endurance Ride takes riders over some of the highest dunes in the world, and is not only one […]

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Horse Breed: Canadian Horse

Name of breed: Canadian Horse Country of origin: Canada Breed origin: The Canadian horse descends from the stock that the French King Louis XIV sent to Canada (then called New France) in the late 17th century. It is not know for sure which breeds these horses were, but they needed to be incredibly strong and […]

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The White Horses of Camargue

Dramatically beautiful and historically famous for its wild white horses, Camargue is a region located in the south of France, home to one of the oldest living breeds of horses in the world. The Camargue horse is said to have lived in the Camargue marshes and wetlands for thousands of years and has long standing […]

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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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Horse Breed: Mangalarga Marchador

Name of breed: Mangalarga Marchador Country of origin: Brazil Breed origin: The Mangalarga Marchador is the national horse breed of Brazil, where it numbers over half a million! It descends largely from Iberian stock brought to Brazil by the Portuguese royal court, which fled from Napoleon’s armies in the early 19th century. With them came […]

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Horse Breed: Carolina Marsh Tacky

Name of breed: Carolina Marsh Tacky (also known as Marsh Tacky) Country of origin: USA Breed origin: The Carolina Marsh Tack, or Marsh Tacky as it is also known, is a rare breed of horse, native to South Carolina. They developed from Spanish horses brought to the South Carolina coast by Spanish explorers, settlers and […]

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Horse Breed: Clydesdale - photo by Bernard Spragg - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Horse Breed: Clydesdale

Name of breed: Clydesdale Country of origin: Scotland Breed origin: The Clydesdale was developed by Scottish farmers in a region known as Lanarkshire, which was previously called Clydesdale. To produce a versatile draught horse for farm work, coal mining and heavy haulage, Flemish stallions were imported and bred with local mares. The first recorded use […]

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Pasola Festival

Sumba has one of Indonesia’s richest tribal traditions, from its wonderful ikat to timeless traditional villages. But it’s the Pasola Festival that has put this tiny island on the map for tourism. Held sometime during February or March, the date of the festival is actually determined by the arrival of a type of sea worm […]

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Horse Breed: Blazer Horse

Name of breed: Blazer Country of origin: USA Breed origin: The Blazer horse breed was developed in the 1950s and 60s in northwestern America. The entire breed traces back to one chestnut stallion named Little Blaze, who was foaled in 1959. Neil Hinck was the owner and breeder, an American horse trainer who came from […]

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Horseboarding

The latest extreme sports craze that has come out of the UK of all places is one for the thrill seekers among us. Horseboarding is where participants are towed behind a horse on an off-road skateboard. Invented by professional stuntman Daniel Fowler-Prime when he was messing around on a farm, this once daredevil stunt has […]

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Horse Breed: Campolina

Name of breed: Campolina Country of origin: Brazil Breed origin: The Campolina is named after Cassiano Campolina, the Brazilian farmer who developed the breed. Back in 1870, Campolina’s friend gave him a black mare of Barb ancestry named Medéia, which he bred to an Andalusian stallion. The resulting foal, a grey colt named Monarca, is […]

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Shrimp Fishing on Horseback

On the northwest coast of Belgium, there is a little known tradition called shrimp fishing on horseback. The activity is exactly what the name suggests. Belgian Draught Horses specifically trained for this activity are used, walking breast-deep in the surf, parallel to the coastline, pulling funnel-shaped nets held open by two wooden boards. A chain […]

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Horse Breed: Tokara - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Horse Breed: Tokara

Name of breed: Tokara, also known as the Kagoshima horse Country of origin: Japan Breed origin: The Tokara is a Japanese horse native to the Tokara Islands, an archipelago in the Kagoshima prefecture at the southwestern tip of the larger island of Kyushu. The horses were discovered on the island of Takarajima by a university […]

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Snow Polo

It’s the most exclusive sporting event on earth, in Europe’s most revered location. The St Moritz Snow Polo World Cup is pomp and glamour at its finest. It’s the lifestyle of the rich and the famous – more than 12,000 private jets touch down at St Moritz’s private airport each year and a large proportion […]

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Horse Breed: Giara

Name of breed: Giara Country of origin: Island of Sardinia, Italy Breed origin: The origins of the Giara horse are uncertain, with one theory suggesting it may have been brought into the island of Sardinia by the Phoenicians or the Greeks in the 4th or 5th century BC. It has characteristics of oriental horse types, […]

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Horse Breed: Curly

Name of breed: Curly horse Country of origin: North America Breed origin: The origins of the Curly horse are highly debated among the equestrian community, with much of the confusion revolving around what the breed is and what it should actually be called. Some prefer it to be called ‘Bashkir Curly’ (a breed we have […]

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Burro Racing

Burro Racing is essentially a marathon that celebrates the burro’s (Spanish for donkey) role in the old mining days in Fairplay, a small town in Colorado. The yearly event is held during the last weekend of July, and is tough and unpredictable because of the burro itself. Each runner has to lead a burro carrying […]

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Horse high jump – Puissance

Named after the French word for ‘power’, a Puissance show jumping competition is just that: a high-jump competition that tests a horse and rider’s scope, courage, and most of all, their trust in one another. The end result is both thrilling and nail-biting to watch. Now while the above photograph might look like the horse […]

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