If you were at the Royal Windsor Horse Show or the Royal Pageant in the evenings then you probably would have seen the amazing Marwari horses from India. I’ve had the luck of riding Marwaris over in Rajasthan in India. It was an incredible week with these beautiful animals. I met the UK organisation Friends of Marwari at Windsor, they are a true testament of how a love for horses can bring people together from all corners of the world. It brought me to them didn’t it! But then I’ve also got a thing for India, even naming my daughter after the country… The Marwaris at Windsor was unique since there are only a few Marwaris in Europe (Spain) and India’s rules on export makes it near impossible to get these horses out of the country. Thankfully an exemption was made for the Queen (good thing we’ve got a horse loving Queen!) so we got to see the Marwaris in real life here in the UK. They are such elegant yet powerful animals and they truly are ‘a divine creature spiritually superior to man’.
Become a friend of the Marwaris you too www.friendsofmarwari.org.uk
One thing that the Friends of Marwari does is that they collect bits here in the UK and take them to the horse fairs in India to give out to horse owners in mainly Rajasthan. If you want to donate a bit you can read more about the project and the different ways to donate bits here: http://friendsofmarwari.org.uk/pages/page3.html
And finally – at Windsor we bought a few beautiful pictures by photographer Dale Durfee. She also took the photographs in Francesca Kelly’s book - Marwari: Legend of the Indian horse. If you can get your hands on the book you must get it! Until then you can enjoy Dale’s photographs of the Marwaris here http://www.daledurfee.com/marwari/index.html.
/Caroline, Get the Gallop