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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|

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|

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|

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|

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|

What is a Dala Horse?

A Dala horse is a traditional carved, painted wooden statue of a horse originating in the Swedish province of Dalarna (Dalecarlia).  In the winter of 1716, while King Charles XII of Sweden waged war throughout most of Europe, many soldiers were quartered in private homes in the Mora area of Sweden.  Tradition has it that one such soldier, in his spare time, carved a Dala Horse from some scrap wood in the home where he was staying. Horses arrived in Sweden as early [...]

July 11th, 2021|

Chincoteague Island Annual Pony Swim

This year marks the 96th year of Chincoteague's Annual Pony Swim but sadly Covid has put a stop to this year’s annual swim. Normally every year tens of thousands of people from around the world come to watch the annual pony swim which is a fundraiser. Wild ponies have inhabited Assateague Island for hundreds of years. Some have suggested that the wild ponies of Assateague trace their origin to horses released to forage on the [...]

July 4th, 2021|

UK Travel Scheme

Visitors to the United Kingdom will be required to receive an electronic authorisation (ETA) prior to arrival, under a new proposal unveiled by the British Home Secretary Priti Patel.  The program will be similiar to the USA Esta scheme. The system is targeted to be launched in 2024 and this would include all visitors including those from Europe. The Europe Travel and information authorisation scheme (ETIAS) is expected to be launched in 2022. See below [...]

June 6th, 2021|

Maryland 5 Star Eventing Fair Hill USA

NEW 5 Star Event makes seven For many years there were only six five-star rated eventing competitions in the world and the only one in the USA was Kentucky Three-Day Event.  With two in the UK including Badminton Horse Trials and the Burghley Horse Trials.  The other CCI***** rated events are the Luhmühlen Horse Trials in Germany, the Australian International Three Day Event in Adelaide and the Stars of Les Etoiles de Pau in France. The Fair Hill Organising Committee [...]

May 23rd, 2021|

London Olympia Horse Show

The London International Horse Show If you are looking for Equestrian Christmas magic together with the best riders, then the London International Horse Show is the most amazing event all under one roof. London International Horse Show is one of the UK's biggest equestrian competitions, held at Excel, London. It is best known for its show jumping, however, it also has competitions in horse showing, driving, mounted games, dog agility and more recently dressage.  It [...]

January 10th, 2021|

Seasons Greetings – December Newsletter 2020

We wish you, your family and animal friends a very Merry Christmas.  During this season of giving let us take time to slow down and enjoy the simple things.  May this wonderful time of year touch your heart in a special way.  Wishing you happiness and good health throughout the New Year. Let's hope we can put 2020 behind us and look forward to happier times after a very indifferent year. Snaffle Travel wrap up [...]

December 20th, 2020|

All equestrian disciplines and quotas confirmed for Paris 2024

All three equestrian disciplines – Jumping, Dressage and Eventing – have been formally confirmed for the Paris 2024 Olympic programme. The equestrian events will be staged in the grounds of Versailles, with King Louis XIV’s Palace as a stunning backdrop at one of the French capital’s most iconic Games time venues. This will include team and individual competitions across each of the three disciplines.  As well as the full quota of 200 athlete/horse combinations have [...]

December 8th, 2020|

Some Essential Travel Tips

I have learned a thing or too having travelled to so many places travelling for business and on family holidays. Below are some of my essential travel tips that can save you a lot of headaches. SCAN, PRINT AND EMAIL COPIES OF YOUR PASSPORT AND IDENTITY PAPERS Just in case you lose your passport or just may need it and not having it on hand, always bring a copy. Having a copy scanned and ready [...]

November 29th, 2020|

11 things to carry in your Day Pack

When you travel you are far from home, you need to ensure you have all your important and handy belongings are all together. It can be a bit annoying knowing that if you forget to take something with you, it is probably 12,000 km away before you realise you need it. I have a number of things I always keep in my travel day pack to make sure I am not caught short.  I also [...]

November 15th, 2020|

Combine Horses & Travel in Italy

Have you ever DREAMED of travelling to Italy!! Italy has so many amazing sights, ancient history, magnificence art, sumptuous food, wonderful wine and so much more.  Had you thought of combining this with a visit to an Equestrian event or combining this with a riding holiday? Snaffle Travel loves visiting Italy and we have discovered some amazing places you could visit to combine with your travel experience depending when you are visiting. Every year in [...]

November 8th, 2020|

Is Peru on your Bucket list?

Why is the Paso Peruvian horse so special?? Snaffle Travel talks virtually about Peru on Wednesday the 4th of November Live on our Facebook page at 7:30pm (AEST).  We talk about what Peru is famous for including Machu Picchu, the Amazon Jungle, and so many other amazing places.  We also talk about the amazing horseback trek to Machu Picchu and about the Peruvian Paso horse. Article courtesy of FEI and written by Patricia Salem The [...]

November 1st, 2020|

The Imperial Riding School Renaissance Vienna Hotel

Do you like to stay in quirky hotels or hotels with some historical significance? he name of the hotel hints at its history: The Imperial Riding School Renaissance Vienna Hotel. Located at Ungargasse 60.  The hotel has been using this name since 2008, the facade of the hotel gives the impression of an old building and once inside you will see some features that remind you of the imperial past. The hotel’s logo featuring a horse [...]

November 1st, 2020|
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