- Missouri Fox Trotter

Missouri Fox Trotter Missouri Fox Trotter stallion Distinguishing features Unique gait Country of origin United States Horse (Equus ferus caballus) The Missouri Fox Trotter is an American breed of horse with a unique four beat gait. It was bred in the Ozark Mountain foothills, and used by settlers who valued its smoothness. Breed characteristics The breed is best known for its unique gait, known as the fox trot,a four-beat diagonal gait in which the horse appears to walk with its front legs and trot with its hind. The gait, however, is not a mixed patter of footfalls, it has a clear pattern of diagonal foot movement where the front foot hits the ground split-second before the opposite rear foot. The head shakes in unison with the rhythm of the gait. The tail perfectly balances the movements of the head. Because the horse has a four-beat motion rather than a two-beat trot, the gait is easy to sit. It is accompanied by an up and down head nodding. The horses, unlike some [read more...]

- Hack (horse)

Hack within the activity of equestrianism commonly refers to one of two things: as a verb, it describes the act of riding a horse for light exercise, and as a noun, it is a type of horse used for riding out at ordinary speeds over roads and trails. The term is sometimes used to describe certain types of exhibition or horse show classes where quality and good manners of the horse are particularly important. Etymology It is believed that word originated from Hackney in East London, an area where horses were pastured. Historically, the term dates to a time when carriage horses were used for riding. These animals were called "hacks" as a contraction of "hackney," and was originally used to describe an ordinary riding horse, particularly one for hire.The term also gave a name to a specific horse breed developed in England, known as the Hackney, a lively riding horse which is noted for its trotting ability and is used today for both riding and driving. The term suggests an animal of [read more...]

- Russian Don

Russian Don Don stallion in Russia Country of origin Russia Horse (Equus ferus caballus) The Russian Don is a breed of horse developed in and named after the steppes region of Russia where the Don River flows. Utilized originally as cavalry horses for the Cossacks, they are currently used for under-saddle work and driving. History The first type of Don horse, generally called the "Old Don," evolved from semi-feral Russian steppe horses and Oriental breeds such as the Karabakh, Turkmenian, and Arabian that were brought to Russia as a product of Cossack raids. The Old Don was a medium-sized, agile horse with immense endurance; a result of the survival-of-the-fittest selection methods that guided the development of many Russian breeds. This hardy horse was used as the foundation for the current Russian Don, and was also used to improve the Orlov, Orlov-Rostopchin, and Thoroughbred breeds. Cossack cavalry mounted on the Old Don horses were instrumental in the destruction of [read more...]

- Lokai

The Lokai, a mountain horse bred in Tajikistan, is used as a riding horse, a packhorse, or even sometimes a light draft horse. Although small, the breed is agile and hardy. The breed was developed by crossing native mountain horses with a mixture of Central Asian and European bloodlines. History The Lokai was developed in the mountainous areas of central and southern Tajikistan, where it was developed to be an agile, hardy pack and riding horse. The breed has been in development since the 16th century, when Uzbek Lokai tribesmen began improving the local horses with a mixture of Central Asian breeds, including contributions from the Iomud, Karabair, Turkmene and Akhal-Teke breeds. Later, Arabian stallions from Bukhara and Thoroughbred and Tersk horses were used to improve the breed.. Breed characteristics The Lokai have well-proportioned heads with straight or slightly convex profiles, set on a long, well-formed neck and sloping, muscular shoulders. The withers are prominent, [read more...]

- Red Hills Horse Trials

The Red Hills Horse Trials is held in Tallahassee, Florida, USA and is one of the equestrian world's top events. It is an annual major eventing competition held by the United States Eventing Association, Area III and the 16th event held in Area III consisting of Dressage, Cross-country, and Show jumping. History Begun in 1998 under organizers Sallie Ausley (wife of DuBose Ausley) and Sylvia Ochs, it is named for the sloping terrain and rich red earth known as the Red Hills Region of north Florida and south Georgia. The RHHT, held in early March and draws over 40,000 spectators and visitors to view over 200 riders and their horses. Non-profit affiliations Non-profit organizations that benefit from this event are Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park owned by the Northwest Florida Water Management District and managed by the city of Tallahassee, Tall Timbers Research Station to sustain science research, land conservation and educational initiatives, Tallahassee Friends of Our Parks Foundation [read more...]

- Tamarillo (horse)

Tamarillo is a horse that has excelled in the sport of eventing under rider William Fox-Pitt. Color: Bay Sex: Gelding Height: 16.2 hh (168 cm) Breed: Anglo-Arabian Breeding: by Tarnik (AA); out of Mellita (AA) by Master Spiritus (TB) at Biddesden stud Rider: William Fox-Pitt Breeder: The Hon. Finn and Mary Guinness Owner: The Hon. Mrs Mary Guinness Foaled in 1992 at Biddesden Stud Tamarillo was showed successfully as a young horse becoming Part Bred Champion at the annual National Arabian Horse Show in Malvern in 1995. He was first ridden by Diana Burgess through novice and intermediate levels. In 1999 the ride was taken over by William Fox-Pitt. Together they have represented Britain in international competitions since 2002. Tamarillo was withdrawn after the cross country phase of the Athens Olympics after chipping his stifle. Achievements 2000 Blarney CCI** - 1st Gatcombe Park BCI - 1st Blenheim Horse Trials CCI*** - 2nd 2002 Badminton Horse Trials CCI**** - [read more...]

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