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Horse Breed: Dutch Draft

Name of breed: Dutch Draft Country of origin: Netherlands Breed origin: The Dutch Draft was originally bred by cross breeding heavy draft mares from Zeeland (the westernmost southern district of the Netherlands which consists of islands and peninsulas) with breeds like the Ardennes and Brabant from Belgium after the First World War. The breed was mostly […]

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Pot8os

He was one of the greatest racehorses of the 18th Century and was known for his endurance ability over four miles (that’s around 6.5 km!). But his stellar racing career (34 wins) was not the only thing this stallion was known for. It was his name, ‘Potatoes’ that got people talking. But how did he […]

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Badminton Horse Trials

Every year at the end of April to the first weeks of May, the Badminton Horse Trials take place at its namesake, Badminton House in Gloucestershire. This three-day event is one of only six annual Concours Complet International (CCI) Four Star **** events as classified by the FEI. Top riders from all over the world come to […]

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Horse Breed: Highland Pony

Name of breed: Highland Pony Country of origin: Scotland Breed origin: It is difficult to trace this breed back to its origins because when it was first domesticated there were two types, small and light ponies from the Western Isles and the heavier version from the mainland. These two types of the Highland pony have […]

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The Pony Express: The Emails of the Wild West

Yeehaw! The Wild West era of history was filled with daring feats of horsemanship and the Pony Express was known for this! What on earth am I talking about I hear you ask? Well, the Pony Express was a mail service relay team that ran across a 2,000 mile route (!!!) through cities such as […]

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56th Annual Glenorchy Races

A highlight of Queenstown, New Zealand’s social calendar, the Glenorchy races are held annually on the first Saturday of January. Locals see it as a true southern Kiwi experience where anyone with a horse can enter! Be warned though, these races are not for the faint-hearted as local stockmen and women are keen to take […]

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The Wells Fargo Stagecoach

In the 1800s, stagecoaches were used in many different ways but one of their most important roles was to keep people connected. People depended on the stagecoach system to keep in touch with friends and family across the country. Not only did they carry people in carriages pulled by teams of six horses, they also […]

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Jamie Hocking – The Australian sheep farmer taking the Vaulting world by storm

Jamie Hocking is a 21yr old Australian sheep farmer from the Barossa Valley in South Australia, yet there is more to this farmer than meets the eye. Jamie is a competitive vaulter who this year, managed to achieve what no other Australian has done before. In November he flew to Paris where he represented Australia […]

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Comanche: The horse that survived Custer’s Last Stand

As one of the only horses to survive the infamous Battle of Little Bighorn in 1876, where the 7th Cavalry Regiment of the US Army suffered a terrible defeat against the Native Americans, Comanche was the favoured war mount of one of the US army generals. The Battle of Little Bighorn was also known as […]

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The Wilson Sisters

The Wilson Sisters are well-known names in the equestrian world, having competed successfully at the highest levels in show jumping for many years. Vicki, Kelly and Amanda have extended their influence in the horse world over to wild horses after advocating and taming New Zealand’s wild Kaimanawas, American mustangs and the Australian Brumbies. These Kiwi […]

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Horse Breed: Holsteiner

Name of breed: Holsteiner Country of origin: Germany Breed origin: The Holsteiner horse breed originated in the Schleswig-Holstein region of northern Germany, with its windswept coastal marshes and rich, wet soil that could dry out and turn concrete-like in a matter of hours. It is thought to be the oldest of warmblood breeds, tracing back to the 13th century […]

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A Step Back in Time: The Evolution of Horses

Today we are stepping back through history globetrotters and taking a peek at how horses have evolved over time. The modern horses that we are used to only represent one small branch of the HUGE family tree known as the Equidae. This tree spans over millions of years and all other branches are sadly extinct, […]

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Tissa Horse Festival

The Tissa Horse Festival in Morocco is held each year in October in honour of a 15th century local saint, Sidi Muhammed ben Lahcen and attracts hundreds of horse breeders and owners who come to show off their beautifully groomed horses. These horses are some of the finest of their breeds and range from Arab-Berbers […]

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Curio: The Famous Buckjumper

Get a load of this little beauty globetrotters! This is the famous Curio, undefeated for 8 years, who is part of rodeo horse royalty! No one would have thought that a little roan mare standing at just 14 hands high would become one of the most famous buckjumpers to have ever entered a rodeo arena. […]

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Hawick Common Ridings

Hello wee lads and lasses! Today we are delving into the Scottish Borders and looking into their annual summer festival called Common Ridings. This tradition takes part in eleven towns in Borders and dates back to the 13th and 14th Centuries, making it one of the oldest equestrian festivals in the world! The Scottish Borders, […]

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Farewell to an Equestrian LEGEND

Here at Globetrotting HQ we were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of equestrian eventing legend, Gillian Rolton, over the weekend, who lost her battle with endometrial cancer at the age of 61. Gill was a legend in our sport. She is one of the most distinguished riders Australia has ever produced, winning Olympic […]

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Horse Breed: Murgese

Name of breed: Murgese Country of origin: Italy Breed origin: The Murgese horse originated in the Murge, Apulia area of Italy during the period of Spanish rule. It is thought that the breed developed by crossing imported Barb and Arabian horses with native horses, including the famous Neapolitan horse. The breed was extremely popular as […]

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Come visit us at Equitana!

Are you heading to Equitana Auckland next week? We (Kate and her trusty side-kick Laura) will be there too and we would LOVE to meet you! Make sure your swing past our stand to say hello and pick up one of our MOOKs (a fancy name for a brochure) that is coffee-table worthy, jam-packed with […]

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Groningen Horse

Name of breed: Groningen Country of origin: The Netherlands Breed origin: A Dutch horse breed developed for light draft and agricultural work, the Groningen is closely related to heavier warmblood breeds including the Friesian, East Friesian and Alt-Oldenburger. Horses like England’s Cleveland Bay were also used during the breed’s initial foundation, ultimately producing a horse […]

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Lesotho Horse Racing

In the mountain kingdom of Lesotho, a landlocked country in southern Africa completely surrounded by South Africa, horse racing is a major social occasion. Once a month races are hosted here during the winter period, with the two most prestigious days marking King Letsi III’s birthday in July and Independence Day in October. And as […]

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Horse Breed: Pottok

Name of breed: Pottok or Pottoka Country of origin: Basque Country in France and Spain Breed origin: Considered an ancient breed of horse, the Pottok is now endangered, due mainly to habitat loss, increasing mechanisation and cross breeding. Considered iconic by the Basque people in France and Spain, there are many differing accounts on the […]

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