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The Beauty of the Free

February 2017

There are few moments in a person’s life that presents an opportunity to truly dream big. This was my invitation.  Rather, I was catapulted on this journey after a dear friend of mine asked, “If you could do anything, what would you do?” My dream was to produce a documentary about the wild horses of Sable Island in Nova Scotia, Canada.  I promised myself if Parks Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard granted me permission to visit the remote island, I’d find a way to get myself there. When that acceptance email came, I was both excited and terrified. 

The Thoroughbred: Part 2

October 2016

One of the world’s most commonly recognised breeds, the Thoroughbred is a breathtaking example of speed and versatility, endurance and agility. Bred primarily for racing, the breed boasts a rich history that has been widely documented, and we are lucky enough to know much about this exceptional animal, its foundations and the journey undertaken to arrive at the horse we know today. This month, Harriet Leahy shares Part Two of her new two-part series on one of the world’s favourite horse breeds. Studbook and racing

The Thoroughbred: Part 1

August 2016

One of the world’s most commonly recognised breeds, the Thoroughbred is a breathtaking example of speed and versatility, endurance and agility. Bred primarily for racing, the breed boasts a rich history that has been widely documented, and we are lucky enough to know much about this exceptional animal, its foundations and the journey undertaken to arrive at the horse we know today. This month, Harriet Leahy shares Part One of her new two-part series on one of the world’s favourite horse breeds. History

Horsing Around the World: New Forest, United Kingdom

August 2016

There’s nothing like the practical experience of travelling, visiting and talking with horsemen and women in different countries to learn how they work with horses and their land.  This month, Jane Myers talks about her visit to the New Forest in the South of England, where livestock, including ponies, roam freely.  New Forest is a fascinating area in Hampshire in the United Kingdom. Ponies, donkeys, cattle, deer, sheep and, at certain times of year, even pigs roam free on ‘common land’. 

The Wild Horses of New Zealand

July 2016

When the Maori priest and explorer Ngātoroirangi came to the foothills of the great mountain Tongariro, he encountered a fellow traveller, Hapekituarangi. Ngātoroirangi looked up at the snow-capped peaks and asked Hapekituarangi what there was to eat in such country. 

Return to the Wild

April 2016

More than a century ago, the last wild Tarpan was lost. Equus ferus ferus or the Eurasian wild horse, commonly known as the Tarpan, once roamed in great herds across Europe but, by the end of the 19th Century, they had become extinct. After centuries of hunting, the last wild mare died in an attempt to evade capture. Some years later, the last captive Tarpan passed away and the species passed into history.

The Skyrian Horse

January 2016

Thought to be the horses depicted on the Parthenon Frieze, Skyrian horses have lived on the remote island of Skyros, Greece, for thousands of years. Today, less than 300 of these unique horses are left in the world. In the heart of the Aegean Sea, partway between mainland Greece and Turkey, lies the island of Skyros. In legend, Skyros played an important role in the Trojan War, sheltering Achilles until he was discovered by Odysseus and persuaded to join the cause against Troy. In the 5th Century BC, the island became a part of the Athenian Empire and, with the settlers, came horses.

The Australian Pony

November 2015

The Australian Pony is arguably one of the most beautiful and versatile pony breeds in the world. From a rather complex beginning, a unique breed of pony evolved, drawing on the most suitable characteristics of many breeds for well over a century.

Fell Pony

September 2015

Fell ponies are native to the north of England, and are mostly found in Cumbria in the old counties of Cumberland and Westmorland where their ancestors have roamed since pre-historic times. The wild European pony is thought to have migrated to the British Isles in approximately 15,000 BC.

The New Forest

August 2015

The New Forest Pony is a recognised British Isles breed, but has an unusual background for a native pony breed. The earliest record of horses in the New Forest dates back to 1016 when rights of common pasture were granted to the people living in what was a royal hunting ground.

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