itchy feet for the start of polo season

Normally at this time of year, when the daylight hours start to contract and there is a razor-sharp crispness to the air, signifies the start of polo season (in Queensland, Australia we play polo throughout the winter months). My morning ritual begins with a dawn awakening, letting Harry Noodle (kelpie x cattle dog) off the […]

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inspiration

“A horse is the projection of peoples’ dreams about themselves – strong, powerful, beautiful – and it has the capability of giving us escape from our mundane existence.” Pam Brown This photo was taken by Steven Pilcher  within the dusty depths of the Namib Desert, Namibia.

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the first grader

I have a love affair with Kenya. I’ve been travelling to the country, the land of the happy, shiny people every year for seven years now. Unfortunately this year, I can’t participate on our annual pilgrimage to the Masai Mara with my keen-as-mustard globetrotting guests to migrate on horseback alongside thousands upon thousands of zebra and […]

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group of riders horse riding holiday globetrotting

horse riding holiday étiquette

It may sound strange, but there is a unspoken code among riders on the trail that will stand you in good stead on your next horse riding adventure. Whether you’re a beginner rider or just haven’t ridden out as part of a group for a while, you may not be aware of the etiquette that […]

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driza-bone – the duck’s nuts

Last time we were on safari in Kenya’s heart land, the Maasai Mara, we got our fair share of unseasonal rain and afternoon storms. Personally I love the excitement of a brewing storm on horseback, when your horse prances underneath you, the wind whips and lashes at your face and the thunder bangs overhead – […]

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for the love of hats

I’m a lover, collector, wearer and admirer of hats. As a resident of our sun-burnt country it would be foolish not to don a hat when outside and with a fetish for all things with a brim my collection spans from many years. My husband and I have a wall in our house dedicated to […]

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this way of life

I was privy to watch this documentary on ABC a couple of weeks ago and as an expectant mother, a person who craves the simple life and a lover of horses, this documentary really struck a chord.  Shot over four years, This Way of Life is an intimate portrait of Peter Karena and his family. […]

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Man from Snowy River horse riding holiday

Riding alongside Banjo

Can you imagine a time where mates were called Clancy and Banjo? The rivers shimmered with gold, and whiskey and tobacco were traded from bullock carts on the river flats;  your life’s possessions consisted of a mountain pony equipped with saddle, bridle, oilskin, stock whip and swag. Work was chasing cattle up rocky-edged mountain spurs […]

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the best horse movies of all time

With the Boxing Day release of War Horse into Australian cinemas, I thought it was appropriate to compile a list of the best horse movies of all time and get your views on the topic. I’ve yet to watch War Horse, I saw the preview and instantly burst into tears when Albert the teenage boy is […]

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the perfect partnership

My father forwarded this youtube video link onto me, and I’m so glad he did. It demonstrates a cherished relationship between Shag-Ra, a flighty Arab and his owner Phyllis Olson who had lost faith in the world. I had tears sliding down my cheeks when I first watched this video. So very special. “This is […]

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horse riding holiday mongolia

inspiration

“A Mongol without a horse is like a bird without wings.”

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inspiration

“When riding a horse we leave our fear, troubles and sadness behind on the ground.” Juli Carlson

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