Horse Breed: Clydesdale

Name of breed: Clydesdale Country of origin: Scotland Breed origin: The Clydesdale breed was developed from Flemish stallions imported to Scotland and bred with local mares. The first recorded use of the name ‘Clydesdale’ for the breed was in 1826, and by 1830 a system of hiring stallions had begun that resulted in the spread […]

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Pasola

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 farmer who developed the breed. Back in 1870, the farmer received a black mare of Barb ancestry named ‘Medeia’, and bred her to a pure Andalusian stallion. The resulting foal, a gray colt named ‘Monarca’ is considered […]

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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 Pony

Name of breed: Tokara Pony Country of origin: Japan Breed origin: The Tokara pony, also known as the Kagoshima pony, is a Japanese pony native to a group of islands at the southwestern tip of the island of Kyushu, known as the Tokara Islands. The ponies were discovered on Takarajima, one of the Tokara Islands […]

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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 Breed: Riwoche

Name of breed: Riwoche Country of origin: Tibet Breed origin: The Riwoche horse is a dun-coloured, pony-sized horse indigenous to northeastern Tibet. It was named by European explorers after its home region. It came to international attention in 1995, at which time its primitive appearance and small size led to speculation that it might be […]

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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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Horse Breed: Fjord Horse

Name of breed: Fjord Horse Country of origin: Norway Breed origin: The Fjord horse is one of the world’s oldest and purest breeds. Horses were known to exist in Norway at the end of the last ice age. It is believed that the ancestors of the modern Fjord horse migrated to Norway and were domesticated […]

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The Devil’s Race

Velka Pardubicka is a famous cross-country steeplechase that has run in the town of Pardubice, Czech Republic since 1874. It takes place every year on the second Sunday in October. This steeplechase is a 6.9 kilometre marathon with 31 obstacles, and it’s a 9-10 minute sprint to the finish. The town of Pardubice, Czech Republic […]

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Retired Racehorse Project

Every year, hundreds of recently retired racehorses from across North America make their way to the horse capital of the US, Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. They are there to compete in the Retired Racehorse Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium. Each horse has a trainer who has invested up to ten months preparing them […]

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Horse Breed: Shire

Name of breed: Shire Country of origin: England Breed origin: The Shire is a breed of draught horse that originated in England in the 17th century. During the 16th century, Dutch engineers brought Friesian horses with them when they came to England, and these horses probably had the most significant influence on what became known […]

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Horse Breed: Nokota Horse

Name of breed: Nokota Horse Country of origin: United States of America Breed origin: The Nokota horse is a semi-feral breed located in an area in southwestern North Dakota known as the ‘badlands’. The breed developed in the 19th century from foundation bloodstock consisting of ranch-bred horses produced from the horses of local Native Americans, […]

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Fox Hunting

Have you been seduced by the misty allure of sporting scenes from Downton Abbey? Perhaps you’re a literary type and the romance of galloping across the moors with Heathcliff has piqued your interest. If you aren’t interested in the competitiveness and stress of showing, but still like the pomp and circumstance of getting dressed up […]

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Race the Wild Coast

Race the Wild Coast is being dubbed as a new breed of horse racing set to challenge the endurance of any horseback adventurer. Riders from around the world, with a team of three horses each, compete for victory over 350km of rugged paradise on the remote east coast of South Africa. This year marked the […]

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Horse Breed: Tennessee Walking Horse

Name of breed: Tennessee Walking Horse Country of origin: Tennessee, USA Breed origin: The Tennessee Walking Horse was developed in the 18th century after Narragansett Pacers and Canadian Pacers were crossed with gaited Spanish Mustangs. These horses were bred on the pastures of central Tennessee, and were originally known as Tennessee Pacers. They were known […]

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