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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Extreme Mustang Makeover

Have you ever tried to break in a wild horse in just 100 days? And I don’t mean just train them so they can be ridden in all gaits…I mean train them so well they can jump over small showjumps, barrels or hay bales, walk over a bridge, maybe even perform some ‘tricks’. Welcome to […]

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Shumbashaba – Horses Helping People

Since 1990, the Shumbashaba Community Trust program has been carrying out some amazing work in one of the most difficult parts of the world, Johannesburg, South Africa. Their ‘Horses Helping People’ initiative is striving to improve the spiritual, emotional and physical wellbeing of the young people who live there, by introducing them to horses and […]

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Spanish Riding School

“Living tradition – the values of the past blending with the passion of the present.” That’s the motto for Vienna’s infamous Spanish Riding School, an institution demonstrating the Renaissance tradition of Haute Ecole (high school of classical dressage) that has existed for more than 450 years! Also known as the ‘dancing horses’, these Lipizzaner stallions […]

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Horse Breed: Bashkir

Name of breed: Bashkir Horse Country of origin: Russia Breed origin: The Bashkir is a horse breed of the Bashkir people, although its origins are not known. In the 19th century, breeding centres were set up in order to increase both its working abilities and its traditional qualities as a producer of milk and meat. […]

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The Sport Of Extreme Cowboys

One of the fastest growing equine sports, the Extreme Cowboy Race has become an international phenomenon. It is the brainchild of true cowboy Craig Cameron, a member of the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame and one of the finest horsemen in the United States, who wanted to offer equestrians of all ages and skill levels […]

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Horse Breed: Norman Cob

Name of breed: Norman Cob Country of origin: Normandy, France Breed origin: A breed of light draft horse that originated in the province of Normandy in northern France, the Norman Cob was developed through cross breeding various horse breeds in the area. Small horses called bidets were the original horses and these, crossed with other […]

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Horse Breed: Kabarda

Name of breed: Kabarda Country of origin: Former USSR (Russia and Georgia) Breed origin: The Kabarda horse breed has been known for at least 400 years, but its origins are possibly as old as the Hittite civilisation. It has been bred since the 16th century by mountain tribesmen in northern Caucasus, and is the product […]

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The Hampton Classic

As one of the largest outdoor horse shows in the US, located near some of the most beautiful beaches on the East Coast, amidst the fashionable Hamptons summer scene…(phew, I got it all in there!)…the Hampton Classic is in a league all of its own. It is a much-anticipated stop for horse people on the […]

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Mounted Shooting

Mounted shooting is an equestrian event in America which is growing in popularity at an exponential rate. Combining the speed and agility of barrel racing, mounted shooting adds a bit of excitement by including guns, real guns! Single action .45 revolvers similar to those used in the late 1800s/early 1900s by the American cowboy to […]

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Arizona prison inmates taming wild mustangs

There’s a lot to be said about the bond between man and beast, and it seems the inmates at Florence Prison in Arizona, USA are being rehabilitated through their work with horses. Most of the mustangs who become part of the Florence Prison Wild Horse Inmate Program have never been domesticated. Their first interactions with […]

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The Tevis Cup – 100 Miles in 24 Hours

Named by TIME Magazine as one of the top ten toughest endurance events in the world, the Tevis Cup is not a race for the faint hearted! Also known as The Western States Trail Ride, this 100-mile (160km) trek through California’s scenic mountains is a test of physical and mental fitness. Most years only half […]

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Charlotte & Valegro – Dressage Domination

“He is my best friend, my horse of a lifetime, and I love him more than words can say.” – Charlotte Dujardin There was a social media campaign launched in the months leading up to the 2016 Olympic Games using the hashtag #TwoHearts in an attempt to illustrate the special partnership shared between every rider […]

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Australia’s 2016 Olympic Show Jumping Team

Alright globetrotters, it’s time to meet the Australian Show Jumping team for Rio. We have never won a medal at the Olympics in show jumping, but I think this might just be the year we change that as we have a very strong team at the ready. So without further ado, let me introduce Edwina […]

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Australia’s 2016 Olympic Eventing Team

It’s time to introduce the riders who will be representing Australia in the Eventing competition of the Rio Olympic Games. And just between you and me globetrotters, I think we have a VERY strong chance of making the medal podium this year, so let’s keep our fingers crossed and cheer these boys on! Chris Burton […]

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Australia’s 2016 Olympic Dressage Team

In a discipline dominated by Germany, Great Britain, and The Netherlands, the Aussies have nevertheless always put on a strong front in the dressage competition of the Olympic Games, and this year the all-women team is seeking Australia’s first medals in this field. With Australia’s oldest Olympic equestrian athlete among the team, and also an […]

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Horse Breed: Australian Stock Horse

Name of breed: Australian Stock Horse Country of origin: Australia Breed origin: The roots of the Australian Stock Horse date back to the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788 when nine horses came off the ships. Some of the original horse breeds in these imports included the Thoroughbred, Arabian, Welsh Mountain Pony, Timor Pony […]

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Horse Breed: Hackney Pony

Name of breed: Hackney Pony Country of origin: England Breed origin: A breed of pony closely related to the Hackney horse, the breed was originally developed by Christopher Wilson. He used a Hackney stallion to breed with Fell Pony mares, and then interbred the offspring to make a fixed type of pony. His aim was […]

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Pato – The National Sport of Argentina

Juego del pato, more commonly referred to Pato, is the national sport of Argentina and is a game played on horseback that combines elements from polo and basketball. So how do you play? Teams made up of four-members compete for possession of a leather ball (pato) which has six conveniently-sized handles. The player that has […]

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