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Royal Windsor Horse Show 2013

Costume Side Saddle Concours D’Elegance

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Judging of Costume Side Saddle is based on the impression of elegance presented by horse and rider and the “way of going” in period costume, at walk, trot, and canter. Historical Side Saddle is judged at the walk. Costume Side Saddle classes also differ in that the costumes and the horse’s tack are not inspected in detail for historical accuracy when the class is lined up. Neither is it necessary to submit any brief resumes about their apparel; but the horse’s tack must be safe.

 

Appaloosa Horses

In Hand And Ridden

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Best known for their colourful leopard spotted coat pattern, spotted horses were seen in cave paintings dating back to pre historic times, and also in Ancient Greek art. They existed in Persia, China and Egypt. Also in Spain and Mexico and North America where they, alongside the American mustang were caught by the Nez Perce Indians who lived by the Palouse River, leading to the breed name “A Palouse.” This progressed to the modern day version Appaloosa. The horses were captured by the US army in 1938 and officially recognised as a breed.

The Appaloosa is both courageous and versatile and yet also of docile temperament. It is used for general riding, ranch work, trail riding, as circus horse and in movies. Today it is one of the most popular horses in the US and was named the “Official State House of Idaho” in 1975.

 

The Meet Of Hounds

Bloodhounds, Foxhounds and Eton Beagle Packs

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Royal Windsor Horse Show 2013

Bahrain Desert Arabians

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Bahrain Arab Horse Display

Flown into the UK specifically for the Royal Windsor Horse Show, seen here for the very first time, the beautiful Bahrain Desert Arabian stallions. 

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These pure bred Arab horses displayed at the Royal Windsor Horse Show 2013 are part of a unique collection preserved on the island of Bahrain for 200 years by the rulers of Bahrain, the Al Khalifa family and today by the Bahrainian king His Majesty Shaikh Hamad Bin Isa al Khalifa.

The Bahrain Arabians are famous for their beautiful and highly unusual coats which all have a unique, glowing sheen. Even the stallions are exceptionally gentle, and are easily handled with nothing more than a rope halter.

 

Spanish Andalusian Horses 

– Pure Bred And Part Bred Ridden

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Originating from their ancestral home on the Spanish Iberian Peninsula the Spanish Andalusians are renowned throughout history as great war horses. They were prized by nobility and known as, “The Horse of Kings.” Also referred to as “Spanish horse,” and “Pura Raza Espanola” (PRE) they are closely related to the Portuguese Lusitano horses and they have contributed extensively to the development of other breeds.

They can be summarised as strong, compact and elegant with characteristically long flowing manes and tails. Though they exist in a vast variety of colours they are pre-dominantly grey. Docile, sensitive and intelligent horses they were originally used for classic dressage, carriage driving and bullfighting. Today they are still used for carriage driving and dressage, but also for show jumping.

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