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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J.A. Allen, The Horseman’s Bookshop

A TRIBUTE TO JOSEPH A. ALLEN, publisher and bookseller. Born 1911 died 17 Oct 2001 THE HORSEMAN’S BOOKSHOP It was a door to another world, an equestrian Narnia, an old curiosity shop. To this equestrian holy of holies were drawn the enthusiasts of the horse world, lovers of good horse books, those whose fingers itched

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Out of the Darkness Into the Light

Cars streamed in the darkness towards Royal Leisure, near Henfield, Sussex; Landrovers, nearly Landrovers, four by fours, two by fours, the dark muddy lanes resembled the M25 on a Friday night. When I arrived there was a strange gloom about the place. A massive power failure had cast its hand of darkness over the whole

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Norman Comben Obituary

1924 – 2011 I first met Norman Comben in the 1990’s when he visited the famous eerie of J. .A. Allen’s office above the J. A. Allen ‘The Horseman’s’ Bookshop’ opposite the Royal Mews. Mr. Allen and he were necessary rivals, and in truth each had their own delightful eccentricities. He was charming and enthusiastic

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Guy Barrett, Saddler

38 High St, Chobham, Surrey Guy’s story is inspirational. Many children going through school are beset with insurmountable obstacles to academic success. We forget all too often that academia is only one route through to success and a career. Guy’s mother and father were deeply involved in horses his father was in the Welsh guards

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A Look at the Turkoman Horse in Iran

Written by Louise Firouz, Edited by Caroline Baldock The neglect to which the Turkoman horse has been subjected in equine history is, perhaps a blessing. The majority of references by sixteenth to nineteenth century writers and travelers are far from complimentary. Relegated to a mongrel status by observers whose eyes reflected current western fashions of

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Islamic Frontier: Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan, The Land of The Golden Horses Few people have heard of Turkmenistan, fewer even know where it is situated on the globe. When I set my bags down at the check-in at Los Angeles airport the Lufthansa agent looked at my tickets and said, “Where is Ashgabat?” I recall saying, “I wouldn’t worry the

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