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“Traveller” and the American Civil War

Like all violence and wars, the American Civil War was a horrific time for both man and horse. General Robert E. Lee was a major figure in the war and one of the most memorable horses that he rode on was a grey American Saddlebred called “Traveller”. FUN FACT! Even though “Traveller” was an American-bred […]

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Uffington White Horse

The Uffington White Horse is a HUGE stylised prehistoric horse trenched into the English countryside and filled with white chalk. How big you ask? The horse has been measured to be over 110 METRES long! You can find this gigantic horse while strolling past White Horse hill, which is eight kilometres from the local village […]

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Horse breed: Hanoverian

Name of breed: Hanoverian Country of origin: Germany Breed origin: The King of England, George II established the dashing Hanoverian breed in 1735 in Celle, Lower Saxony. The aim of creating such a breed was to provide stud horses for local farmers and their mares to breed with for more stock. What is interesting about […]

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Cavalia – The Greatest Horse Show!

This is a must-see show for all equine enthusiasts Cavalia is your one-stop-shop equestrian theatrical show that will blow your mind! I have been lucky enough to witness the horsemanship in the show myself and my jaw just dropped at the first act. But how did this amazing idea first come to light? The Cavalia […]

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Horse Breed: Appaloosa

Name of breed: Appaloosa Country of origin: North America Breed origin: There have been several theories as to where the Appaloosa originated from as many thought that the Spanish Conquistadors brought the horse to the Americas in the late 15th or early 16th centuries. However, one theory suggests that they had already been there. The […]

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Horse Breed: Westphalian

Name of breed: Westphalian Country of origin: Germany Breed origin: The Westphalian horse breed was bred at Warendorf Stud in 1826 and their mission was to produce a useful riding horse for all disciplines. Even though this breed is very similar to the Hanoverian, they have differences in their structure and temperament. The horses from […]

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Wild Tracks – A Ride Traversing Australia

When it comes to inspirational young women taking control of their destinies and setting out to achieve their dreams, I think Clemmie Wotherspoon takes the title. Just last week, Clemmie set out to ride the length of the Bicentennial National Trail (BNT) from Healesville in Victoria right up to Cooktown in Queensland, a total of […]

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Stroller the Wonder Pony

Marion Coakes came from a family of fanatic showjumpers (her two brothers were already in the Junior British Show Jumping team!!) and when she met ‘Stroller’ in 1960, they had to prove their worth! At the time Marion was just 13 and was moving on from her previous pony ‘Magic’. Stroller was 10. The Thoroughbred […]

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Marche-Concours National de Chevaux

The Marche-Concours national de Chevaux is the equivalent to the Royal Easter Show for horses with many breeds flocking to the Swiss alpine town.  This annual event occurs every August in the autumn when the temperatures are beginning to sink but that doesn’t stop the crowds flocking to the show! This historical show promotes the […]

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Baroque Horse Festival

This 2-day celebration, known as the Baroque Horse festival, occurs every year in December in the small town of Leigh Creek in Victoria Australia at Kryal Castle. As it is based in a castle, this medieval festival is definitely one to behold! The festival celebrates the noble breeds from the Baroque period. Which horse breeds […]

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A Trip Down Memory Lane

I am a horse mad person; it doesn’t matter what I am doing, it always has something to do with horses, ponies and everything in between. When I was little (and still to this day) I LOVED to watch horsey movies. We all have our favourites that we know every single word to and these […]

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Are you based in Sydney and need somewhere to ride?

Hey Globetrotters, I wanted to introduce you to the wonderful Jess Chapman who runs Chapman Valley Horse Riding just north of Sydney in the Hunter Valley. We met Jess at Equitana Auckland late last year and were blown away with her enthusiasm and excitement about her horse riding business. I will let you in on […]

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Wilton Fair

The Irish Sport Horse ‘Wilton Fair’ (also known as Wilbur) was born in Ireland in 1977. He was brought through the eventing ranks by Sir Mark Todd who would go on to win the Burghley CC14* in 1987. After this victory, Todd sold Wilbur over to Matt Firestone who unfortunately found him too big (and […]

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Skijordue

Skijordue combines some of the things that I love the most; horse riding, going really fast and CHEESE! Yes, that’s right – this is a cheesy charity event that combines skijoring and fondue into this super brilliant fundraiser! So let’s roll into it! This event is set in the first weeks of February and is […]

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Horse Breed: Garrano

Name of breed: Garrano Country of origin: Portugal Breed origin: This breed is so ancient that Northern Iberian Paleolithic cave paintings depict horses with similar profiles! That era spans from 2.6 BILLION years old up to around 10 000 years ago (that’s seriously old!) and it was when the first humans were roaming the earth! […]

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L’Ardia di San Costantino Horse Race

Once again we find ourselves looking at an Italian event on the picturesque island of Sardinia. This horse race is called L’Ardia di San Constantino and is a huge event near Sedilo where every year in summery July, thousands of people descend on this island to watch the race. Now, why are they racing you […]

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Michelle Payne: The First Female Jockey to Win the Melbourne Cup

The first female jockey in the history of the Melbourne Cup to win this iconic race was the talented Michelle Payne back in 2015. On board her trusty steed ‘Prince of Penzance’, she won by half a length to become the first female in the history of the race (which, FYI, is 155 years old!!!). […]

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Scone Horse Festival

The Scone Horse Festival has been running for 37 years, that’s almost four decades (!!!) and celebrates ‘the horse’ in true blue Aussie fashion. Every year across ten days in May, locals and tourists, gather in Scone to join in the celebrations for horses. Just a bit of background about Scone first (just to warm […]

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Horse Breed: Noriker

Name of breed: Noriker or Norico-Pinzgauer Country of origin: Austria Breed origin: The Noriker is believed to be an Indigenous breed of cold-blooded horses from Austria’s central alpine region and they are thought to have originated around the highest mountain called the Grossglockner. They have been bred for over 2000 years but the early breeding […]

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Horse breed: Thoroughbred

Name of breed: English Thoroughbred Country of origin: England Breed origin: The breed started to be developed during the 17th and 18th century when native English mares were cross-bred with imported Arabian, Barb and Turkoman stallions to create the thoroughbred that we know and love today. What is really cool about this breed is that […]

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Sa Sartiglia

If you ever want to check out a beautiful island that loves their horses this would be the one! The people of Sardinia (an island off the coast of Italy) and of the greater surrounds, including tourists, flock to this piece of paradise to witness the 3-day festive affair that is Sa Sartiglia. This medieval […]

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