Shandur Polo Festival

The Shandur Polo Festival is one of the biggest festivals in Pakistan held over three days in July each year. This tournament takes place on the Shandur Pass in the Himalayas, the highest polo ground in the world at 3738 metres above sea level. The festival also includes folk music and dancing, and trout fishing […]

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Birdsville Races

On the first Saturday of September, the two-horse town of Birdsville gears up for one of Australia’s most iconic race meets, the Birdsville Races. Located some 1,600km inland from Brisbane, Queensland, Birdsville is an incredibly remote place. But more than five thousands hardy souls make the trek each year for one hell of an outback […]

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The Palio di Siena

The Palio di Siena (known locally simply as Il Palio), is a horse race held twice each year on July 2 and August 16 in Siena, Italy. Ten horses and riders, bareback and dressed in the appropriate colours, represent ten of the seventeen contrades, or city wards. Prior to the race’s start, a spectacular pageant […]

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The Suicide Race

Since 1935, the small town of Omak, Washington has played host to the World Famous Suicide Race. Held every year during the second week of August and as part of the Omak Stampede rodeo, the Suicide Race sees horses and riders run down Suicide Hill – a steep 62-degree slope that runs for 70 metres […]

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Horse Breed: Exmoor Pony

Name of breed: Exmoor Pony (also known as Celtic pony) Country of origin: United Kingdom Breed origin: Horses have been present in Britain since 700,000 BC and fossil remains have been found in the area of Exmoor dating back to about 50,000 BC. Some people claim the breed has been purebred since the ice age, […]

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Nagchu Horse Racing Festival

Every year on August 1st, the Nagchu Horse Racing Festival kicks off in Tibet and lasts anywhere between five to fifteen days. It is the grandest of its kind throughout the country. For ordinary Tibetan people, this festival is of huge importance and so they dress both themselves and their horses in their finest outfits. […]

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The Mongol Derby

Dubbed the longest and toughest horse race in the world, the Mongol Derby covers 1000km of Mongolian wilderness. In 1224, Chinggis Khaan (more commonly referred to as Genghis Khan) established the world’s first long-distance postal transmission system using a massive network of horse stations spaced from Kharkhorin to the Caspian Sea. For 10 days every […]

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Skijoring – an extreme equestrian sport

Skijoring is the extreme winter equestrian sport that combines the thrill of skiing with the enjoyment of equestrian. Originally devised as a mode of winter transportation, skijoring began in Scandinavia and is now a recreational sport around the world. How is it done? Similar to dog-sledding, with equine skijoring the human wears skis and holds […]

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Native American Horse Masks

“The horse is an icon of Plains Indian culture – an indispensable companion in times of peace, and a fearless ally in times of war.” – taken from the book ‘A Song for the Horse Nation’ At the beginning of the 14th century, during the Spanish conquest of North America, horses were introduced into the […]

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Angola Prison Rodeo

Staged at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, the Angola Prison Rodeo is the longest running prison rodeo in the United States, getting its start in 1965. Held on one weekend in April and on every Sunday in October, thousands of visitors enter the prison complex to watch the spectacle unfold. Proceeds from the rodeo cover its […]

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Man versus Horse

[sg_popup id=”1″][/sg_popup]Who would be faster in a marathon – a horse or a human? This might be a strange question to ask, but like how most of these discussions usually form, this one originated over a cheery pint (or five) at a pub one night in 1980. Gordon Green, the owner of the Neuadd Arms […]

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Horse Breed: Lusitano

Name of breed: Lusitano Country of origin: Portugal Breed origin: The Lusitano, also known as the Pure Blood Lusitano, is a Portuguese horse breed, closely related to the Spanish Andalusian horse. Both are sometimes called Iberian horses, as the breeds both developed on the Iberian peninsula, and until the 1960s they were considered one breed, under the Andalusian […]

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getting under the skin

Naadam Festival – Mongolia The girl’s cheeks are flushed beetroot red, her half moon eyes bright with anticipation as her wiry bay pony jigs around in a circle. Shadows of her horse’s ribs are visible beneath the make-shift saddle, a stirrup-less foam pad that is secured by a rawhide girth strap. The number nine is […]

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