Libya’s Sibeeb are Steeped in Tradition

October 20th, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , , , , |

Libya is a country divided but despite fractions, Libyans are deeply loyal to their immediate communities - homes. It is through this devotion that traditions carry on including one particular passion – Friday afternoon horse racing. “Horseback riding is in our blood, our children and the whole family love it,” explained rider, Ali al-Hadi. A [...]

Australia’s Superstar Horse of the Year

October 9th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

For the second year in a row superstar WINX has been crowned Australia’s Horse of the Year. Her reign began 21 victories ago, most recently capped with Saturday’s victory in the Turnbull Stakes at the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne. Winx won the race handily by 6.5 lengths cheered by more than 20,000 fans (twice the number [...]

Australia’s 2017 Racing Hall of Fame Inductee – Archer

September 13th, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , , |

Australia’s Racing Hall of Fame is an exclusive club indeed. Established in 2000 as part of Australia’s Racing Museum, the Hall of Fame has inducted only 62 accomplished thoroughbreds to date. In 2017 four more remarkable horses were welcome to this distinguished guild. Our first 2017 AHF inductee won the first and second Melbourne Cups, [...]

One Man’s Ambition to Change TB Racing in Britain

July 12th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

It is the brainchild of Mehmet Kurt, a Turkish businessman with a passion for thoroughbred racing. The Kurtsystem aims to revolutionize training methods eliminating breakdowns caused by human error and to help young horses develop stronger joints, bones and muscles for their racing careers. Kurt was inspired to find a better way to train young thoroughbreds [...]

Celebrating Ruffian

July 7th, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , , , , |

“As God is my judge, she might be better than Secretariat…” (Lucien Laurin, Secretariat’s trainer, quoted in the Blood Horse’s Thoroughbred Legends: Ruffian) She was born April 17, 1972 at Clairborne Farm, Kentucky, owned and bred by the Janney family of Maryland. Born into a royal bloodline her dam, Shenanigans, was the daughter of Native [...]

All the Queen’s Horses – a Week of Indulgence

June 23rd, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Surely the Queen’s cup runneth over when it comes to horses, particularly this week. In a seven-day window the Queen has indulged in horses as she celebrated Trooping the Colours last Saturday, a hack through the grounds at Windsor Castle on Monday and is spending Tuesday through Saturday afternoons at the Ascot Racecourse. It really is [...]

The Man Versus Horse Marathon Results 2017

June 14th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: |

Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales bills itself as the smallest town in Britain with about 900 residents. Each June the population nearly doubles as competitors journey from near and far to compete in the town’s famous race. A race that strives to answer the question, “can a man outrun a horse over a long distance?” A pub bet [...]

SHE won the first Belmont Stakes – Ruthless

June 9th, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , , , |

She was owned and bred by Francis Morris of New York, foaled on Morris’s farm in Throgg’s Neck, New York. Her sire, Eclipse, and dam, Barbarity, were both imported. Morris bred the pair repeatedly producing several colts who accomplished little on the track but several award winning fillies. Track folks referred to the group of daughters [...]

Equestrian Sports You’ve Never Heard of – Pack Burro Racing

June 8th, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , , , , , |

Written by Kristen Kovatch, Managing Editor, HorseNation.com and intrepid driver of Percherons. Originally published June 6, 2017.  Part marathon, part in-hand endurance racing, 100% awesome. It’s an official Colorado summer heritage sport. It has a Triple Crown. It has its own “ass-ociation” (its phrasing, not mine) and members and by-laws. It’s pack burro racing, and it [...]

The Derby’s First Female Jockey – Diane Crump

May 5th, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , , , |

Someone was going to be the first, the first woman jockey. In 1964, a petite 16-year-old dynamo received her license to gallop thoroughbreds at Sunshine Park (now Tampa Bay Downs). It was never her intent to break down sexist’s barriers, she just wanted to race horses. Diane's first race (center) By 1969 Diane Crump [...]