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New tour to New Zealand HOY in March 2023

We are pleased to announce a new tour to New Zealand which will include some amazing sights as well as the New Zealand Horse of the Year Show in March 2023. The tour will include 8 nights starting in the North Island of Auckland and finishing in Wellington. The tour includes three speciality dinners at the Skycity 360 restaurant with a fantastic view of Auckland harbour, Hangi dinner in Rotorua and the Mission Estate Winery [...]

November 28th, 2021|

What do you have to do to travel overseas?

Australia’s international border ban was recently lifted in November with citizens and residents finally being able to leave the country again as well as return home after what will have been a twenty-month lock-out. This historical ‘go date’ moment will come down to states and territories hitting the national 80 per cent double-dose vaccination target. SO WHAT HAPPENS NOW? What will you need to be able to leave the country? A valid passport: Checked your passport recently? If [...]

November 14th, 2021|

The Royal Mews in London

The Royal Mews is a busy working Mews looking after the transport of the Royal household and is owned by the British Royal Family.  The Mews was first established in Charing Cross, London in the 1820s. Today the Royal Mews is located very close to Buckingham Palace.  It is still very important in providing road transport for The Queen and the members of the Royal family by both horse-drawn carriage and motor car. The Royal [...]

November 14th, 2021|

Badminton Horse Trials

Snaffle Travel has been going to Badminton Horse Trials every year since 2015 and sadly due to COVID19 we have not been able to attend in 2020/2021 and 2022. Badminton Horse Trials is an iconic event with all the pomp and pageantry set in the glorious English countryside.  It has always been one of my favourite horse events in the world. You can never guess who will win each year as it always comes down [...]

November 14th, 2021|

Kryal Castle Baroque Festival

Baroque Horse Festival - Kryal Castle, Victoria, Australia Kryal Castle offers a 2-day celebration, known as the Baroque Horse Festival, which occurs every year in November/December in the small town of Leigh Creek in Victoria Australia at Kryal Castle. When & Where is the Baroque Horse festival? Date/s: Saturday 27th November 2021 - Sunday 28th November 2021 Times: 10 am - 4 pm. Last entry at 3 pm. What is the Festival about? The Kryal Castle festival [...]

November 7th, 2021|

Burghley Horse Trials

Snaffle Travel is excited to be planning an “Equestrian Tour to Burghley Horse Trials” in September 2022. Come and join us and experience the excitement and watch some of the “World’s best riders” competing in September 2022.  Land Rover Burghley attracts large crowds to witness top-class equestrian action, with some amazing shopping avenues as well as many other attractions and activities on offer in this truly stunning location. The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials is an annual three-day [...]

November 4th, 2021|

CHIO Aachen Equestrian Festival

Snaffle Travel has a tour planned to CHIO Aachen Equestrian Festival in 2023. The CHIO Aachen is one of the best equestrian events in the world.  Each year, about 360,000 spectators follow the competitions in five disciplines over the ten days of the event. Aachen is the westernmost city of Germany, near the borders with Belgium and the Netherlands, 61 km (38 mi) west-southwest of Cologne. The competition attracts the worlds best competitors The world’s best equestrian [...]

November 2nd, 2021|

Les Étoiles de Pau 5-Star Three Day Event

The Les Etoiles de Pau is one of seven 5-star eventing competitions around the world and the only one in France.  Pau 5-star has been an annual event since 2007, held at the end of October each year and is the last 5-star competition for the season. Despite Covid, it was held in 2020 and again this year which is great news for the riders especially with so many of the competitions having been cancelled [...]

October 26th, 2021|

The Royal Stables of Cordoba

Córdoba is a city in the southern Spanish region of Andalusia. It was an important Roman city and a major Islamic centre in the Middle Ages.  Cordoba also has some very impressive historical Royal Stables, located next to the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos. History of the Stables The stables were first built in 1567 by the royal decree of Felipe II, the Spanish King to breed sturdy horses for the service of the Royal house. [...]

October 17th, 2021|

Did you know you can visit the Royal Stables in Copenhagen, Denmark?

The Danish Royals are one of a few European Royal Courts that still have fully operational Royal Stables.  The Royal stables in Copenhagen, Denmark have been in existence since the 1740s and during the heyday, there were over 270 horses stabled here.  Today they only have 20 horses kept at the Royal Stables at Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen. Where are the Royal stables located? The Royal Stables are located at Christiansborg Palace in central Copenhagen [...]

October 10th, 2021|

Do you know what the Kladruber horse is bred for?

The National Horse stud of the Czech Republic, Kladruby nad Labem, is one of the oldest operating stud farms in Europe and the Kladruber horse is one of the oldest breeds of horses that have not been modernised in keeping with its origins for over 400 years.  Today it is one of the top breeds used for carriage driving and royal ceremonial celebrations due to the horse’s nobility, temperament and high stepping knee action. History [...]

September 26th, 2021|

What is Aachen famous for?

Since 2017 Snaffle Travel has been visiting the best horse show in the world, "The CHIO Aachen Equestrian Festival” in Aachen, Germany.  Sadly, we won’t be visiting the amazing CHIO Aachen horse show this year, but we can reminisce and look forward to when we can return and for now, let’s discuss the wonderful gingerbread. Each year we get to taste the famous Aachen gingerbread or otherwise known as Printen and many of our groups make [...]

September 14th, 2021|

How to have an unforgettable experience in White Turf – St Moritz, Switzerland

What is the White Turf? White Turf is an annual horse race and is high on the list of all keen racegoers.  The horse racing includes not just the 1,300m sprint but flat races over other distances as well, while the harness races give riders 1,700m to demonstrate their skill all on a snowy track. Not to forget Skijoring, the main attraction! The event is so unusual, held on a frozen lake in the gorgeous [...]

September 11th, 2021|

10 facts about the Royal Canadian Mounties

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police otherwise called the “Mounties” is one of the most iconic mounted police divisions in the world. The RCMP base in Regina, Saskatchewan is well known as the home of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police training depot and the RCMP Musical stables are located in Ottawa. 10 interesting facts about the Royal Canadian Mounties  The RCMP stables in Ottawa are open to the general public. The son of Charles Dickens’ (the [...]

September 5th, 2021|

Fancy a visit to Scotland & Blair Castle International Horse trials?

Blair Castle International Horse Trials Scotland's most prestigious equestrian event, the Land Rover Blair Castle International Horse Trials will return this year with a limited number of spectators. Has Scotland always been on your bucket list?  Start saving now.... Snaffle Travel is starting to plan our 2023 Scotland & Blair Castle International Horse Trials Tour and we promise to include some amazing highlights with first-rate sightseeing, showcasing the best of Scotland’s scenery, historical castles and not to forget [...]

August 22nd, 2021|

Paralympic Equestrian at Tokyo

The Olympics showed us a wonderful reprieve from the current COVID constraints.   We now have the Paralympic Equestrian to look forward to in Tokyo in less than two weeks. So, let's fly our Australian flags and get behind our Para-equestrians. The dates for the Paralympic Equestrian are from the 26 – 30th of August 2021. The official Paralympics are from Sunday, 24 August to the 5th of September in Tokyo. Victorian, Emma Booth will be [...]

August 13th, 2021|

Icelandic Sheep Round-up

Every September, Icelandic farmers, riders on Icelandic horse's and entire communities take part in the annual tradition of the sheep roundup called the réttir. This may mean scaling mountains and valleys to collect their sheep and before Iceland’s long dark winters sets in. The sheep roundup is one of the most important events in Iceland’s countryside and visitors are most welcome. Sheep are important to the farmers and their livelihood as well as important to Iceland: [...]

August 1st, 2021|

Chagu Chagu Umakko Horse Festival 

Horses have been part of Japan’s history for many centuries and there are many traditions that are still celebrated today despite horses no longer being used in agriculture. The historical CHAGU CHAGU UMAKKO FESTIVAL is one of the early summer traditions celebrated in Iwate, Japan.  The grand procession is held on the second Saturday of June and is very special.  It is still celebrated today more than 200 years later with many locals and tourists turn [...]

July 25th, 2021|

Who is the Greatest Equestrian Olympic Athlete?

Who is the greatest Equestrian athlete of all time based on Olympic Games performances? The highest-ranked equestrian at the Olympic Games is German rider Isabell Werth, who won six gold and four silver medals between 1992 and 2016. The best male all-time performing equestrian athlete at the Olympic Games is another German, Reiner Klimke, who competed between 1964–1988 winning six gold medals and two bronze. See the table below to see how other athletes ranked. Andrew [...]

July 18th, 2021|

How to watch the Tokyo Olympics

Watch your FAVOURITE Equestrian Olympics Events LIVE...🐎 7plus 📺 will also be showing events across multiple sports. There is no schedule of the events as yet. The Tokyo Olympics Equestrian Schedule is between the 24 July to 7 August 2021. Channel 7 is the exclusive broadcaster for the Tokyo Olympics in Australia, with live coverage also available on 7Mate and 7Two, and on-demand coverage available via 7plus.  These channels are free-to-air. Sign up with 7plus free [...]

July 13th, 2021|
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