7 Days in Iran

Iran is not particularly synonymous with horse riding holidays. It is well-known for ancient ruins like Persepolis and famous for the Shiraz grape, the cities of Isfahan, Susa, Azerbaijan and Tehran, along with the black drapes of the chadar and Caspian sea sturgeon. Carpets spring to mind too, wonderful silk ones with patterns of intricately

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A History of Transporting Horses

Horses have long been used as a means of transport, but they have also had to be transported themselves. Horses prized for their strength or superior conformation have sometimes been moved many thousands of miles, as the heavenly or celestial horses were taken from Central Asia to present to the Chinese Emperor. Horses, particularly valuable racehorses, are

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The Chateau of Chaumont

The Chateau of Chaumont’s name is derived from the Latin ‘calvus mons’, which translates to ‘bald mount’. From its prominent position overlooking the Loire since 990, it is clear that its origins were defensive, it was built to defend Blois. The Chateau nearly bit the dust in 1465 when Louise XI ordered it to be

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Lady Godiva Rides Again

Watch the whole event as it happened on YouTube now. Caroline Anns-Baldock and Her Campaign to Establish a Museum Of The Horse in the UK At around 11 am on Saturday, 26th September Caroline Anns-Baldock will be riding, in the guise of Lady Godiva, her bright chestnut racehorse down Whitehall to No 10 Downing Street. Caroline’s dramatic

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The Canterbury Ride 2010

The Pilgrims Way is an ancient road, much travelled by pilgrims following the murder of St Thomas à Becket in 1170. The original route began at Southwark at the site of St Mary’s Priory an Augustinian order, which has now become Southwark Cathedral. An Augustinian foundation existed also in Canterbury and is an interesting site

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Gill Suttle in Turkestan

This is a story of the Silk Routes of Western Turkestan, of the deserts through which they were driven, and of the cities which define them; of journeys through space and time, through deserts, mountains and millennia; and of a solo journey on horseback along the fringes of the Kara Kum, or Black Sands, of

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Gill Suttle in Syria

Gill Suttle MA (OXON) FRGS She is not easy to pin down; writer, teacher, horsewoman, linguist, explorer, athlete, and academic, Gill is a woman of many parts. You have to meet her to start to paint a picture. Red haired, determined, focused; she has her own way of doing everything.  Gill collected honors at Oxford

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Dieter Stephane Speidel 1950-2010

Obituary Dieter Stéphane Speidel 1950-2010. Is best known for creating and producing ‘Le Prince, a play that tells the story of the legend of Louis Henri de Bourbon, the 7th Prince de Condé (Chantilly 1692 – 1740) who believed he would be reincarnated as a horse. He therefore told architect Jean Marc Aubert to build the Grandes Écuries in

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