horse art

I wanted to share with you a very clever artist that lives out ‘whoop whoop’ in rural Queensland who paints the most beautiful, child-like, candid, colourful and whimsical paintings of horses. Laura Crane has a natural ability with the brush, the use of colour and an affinity with horses. These three elements have gone into […]

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inspiration

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There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” Winston Churchill This photo was taken by Kate Pilcher on a remote estancia in Northern Patagonia, Argentina.

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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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inspiration

“To ride a horse is to ride the sky.” Author Unknown Photo taken by Angus Johns on a gloomy beach day on the Sunshine Coast, Australia.

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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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woman from snowy river

We’ve been living without television for over three years now, however occasionally on rainy, wind-swept nights we tune into our favourite programs online. Last night I was brought to tears and left in absolute awe with the account of Leigh Woodgate’s life journey produced by Australian Story via ABC iview (watch it here). Without giving […]

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getting under the skin

Australia To truly capture the essence of the Australian bush and its colourful social life, you must attend a rural race meet before they become extinct. I grew up in rural Queensland, Australia on the pancake flat plains of the Darling Downs near a town called Dalby. My father and mother were the proud owners […]

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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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pageturners – foal’s bread by gillian mears

“When a horse jumps, the sparks of love are born; when lightning strikes, it can take the legs from right out under you. A blessing of a novel from one of Australia’s finest writers.” Drusilla Modgeska I just finished reading Foal’s Bread by Gillian Mears as recommended to me by a friend. I thoroughly enjoyed […]

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