25 May 2012
17 May 2012
Bit Donation Scheme:
Here is some information about the Bit Donation Scheme that has been established by the
Friends of Marwari / Kathiawari Horse UK. Please use the email below to contact Caroline on how you can help collect bits.
The scheme is supported by The Worshipful Company of Loriners, as well as British Equestrian Trade Association, British Horse Society and the Pony Club.
4 January 2012
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
THE MARWARI SPECIAL, FIRST SIDE-SADDLE FOR OUR EXOTIC HORSES.....
22 October 2011
MY MARWARI HORSES BY MARIO CALCAGNO - SPAIN
I came to know the Marwari horse for first time in 2003, during one of my trips to India. That is when I first saw the Marwari horses of my friend Rikeen Dalal, Black Beauty and Raja at his farm close to Mumbai. Rikeen told me about the history of the Marwari's and showed me the book of F.Kelly, Marwari. I immediately fell in love with this breed, and I asked him to travel to Rajasthan to learn more about this beautiful and for me, still unknown, breed.
The Marwari Horse changed my life and brought me an incredible adventure. I am full of passion and love for this noble horse. It came strongly to me, the desire to enjoy my life together with Marwari horses. Their sensibility, proudness and beauty give to your life some kind of spiritual sense, when you share your days with them. They rapidly understand your feelings and give you their unconditional attachment.
In 2005 I founded the society , Caballos Marwari SL, and, thanks to the generous proposal and hope from my invaluable friend forever, Francesca Kelly, I was able to bring some Marwari's to Spain October 2009. My horses where one stallion, Nazarullah, and two beautiful mares, Chamunda and Mirabai. This permitted me to start my project of breeding Marwari horses and co-operate to show Marwari horses to European horse lovers. In October 2010 Marwari horses where seen for first time in Spain at the International Horse Show, Equus Girona, and in May 2011 Chamunda and Mirabay delivered two lovely fillies, Amala and Asha.
All five will be present at the Diamond Jubilee Pageant in Windsor, in May 2012.
Indian breeders are working hard to preserve or recuperate the characteristics and performance of the pure Marwari horse. This makes sure that more care and professional selection is done when breeding. The future of the breed is bright, and surely very soon the Marwari horse will get it's position in the international horse world.
Mario has some Marwari horses for sale pictures and details coming soon.
15 October 2011
Did you know that Francesca Kelly consulted on the design of "La Danse du Cheval Marwari," a horse scarf made by French fashion house HERMES in 2008. The Marwari book inspired Hermes to produce the special collection of silk scarfs. Hear all about on the documentary film...
30 September 2011
THE LAST OF THE MARWARI
Kentucky Horse Park Receives Last of Exotic Marwari Horses in North America
LEXINGTON, KY (September 29, 2011) The Kentucky Horse Park will welcome four rare Marwari horses on permanent loan from Francesca Kelly, who imports this breed from India. Three of the horses arrived Tuesday, September 27.
The horses came from Kelly's farm on Chappaquiddick Island off the coast of Massachusetts. Francesca Kelly is a writer who is dedicated to preserving the breed and has increased the number of these horses outside their native India. She is moving her herd to England and is allowing the park to keep three mares and a yearling. The Kentucky Horse Park is the only known location in North America where Marwari can be seen by the public.
John Nicholson, executive director of the park, stated, "We are delighted and honored that Francesca Kelly has chosen the Kentucky Horse Park as the keeper of the last, precious band of these rare equines on this continent. They will be treasured by our staff and enjoyed by the literally millions of park visitors who will see them in the upcoming years." He continued, "We applaud the efforts of people like Ms. Kelly who dedicate their lives to preserving rare and endangered breeds."
The Marwari horse was used hundreds of years ago as warhorses known for their extreme endurance. The Marwari are considered very brave and athletic horses. They are attentive and pick things up quickly through their senses. Visitors at the park during last year's Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games watched "tent pegging" demonstrations using some of Ms. Kelly's Marwaris.
The most noted fact about this breed is their extremely distinct ears. The ears curve inward and sometimes touch or overlap when in front position. The ears are the main characteristic that the registry uses to judge this breed.
The breed is available in all colors but the albino is held in highest regard. The albino Marwari is often used for religious purposes and ceremonies in its native home of India. They often become very attached to their handler and can become protective of them.
The three Marwari mares are on view to the public during park hours. The fourth, a yearling colt, will arrive later this fall.
Park Hours and Rates: Through November 6, the park is open seven days a week. Admission is $16 for adults, $8 for children 7-12. From November 7 to March 14, the park is open Wednesdays through Sundays. Winter admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 7-12. Children age 6 and under are always admitted free of charge. Admission includes the International Museum of the Horse - a Smithsonian Affiliate, and the American Saddlebred Museum.
Editor's Note: Photos of the Marwari are available for use with this release by emailing Cindy.Rullman@ky.gov. Photo above by James Shambhu.
The Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm/theme park and equine competition facility dedicated to man's relationship with the horse. The park is an agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet that hosted more than one million visitors and campers, as well as 15,000 competition horses in more than 100 special events and horse shows in 2010. The park is home to the National Horse Center which comprises more than 30 national and regional equine organizations. Located at Exit 120, Interstate 75, just north of Lexington, the Kentucky Horse Park is The place to get close to horses.
26 September 2011
Francesca's stallion Dilraj, loaned in 2006 to the Musee Vivant du Cheval is now in the UK and will be presenting at the Royal Windsor press Pageant in the Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace on the 1st NOV 2011.