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Small Horses, Big Dreams

October 2017 by Alex Mullarky

Six thirty in the morning. The sun is rising over the Greek village of Magazia; the Aegean Sea laps at the shore beside whitewashed buildings. Hooves pound the sand as a bay horse streaks past with a rider on board. 

Amanda Simpson recalls the memory fondly; “that’s when I was riding,” she laughs. It is the same beach where she remembers the feeling of “an anchor falling”, knowing she would stay in Greece, there was something for her here. Originally from England, she had moved around the country for years after completing her postgraduate studies, working on community arts projects. In 2002, she settled permanently on the island of Skyros.