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Horses in Australia

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Armpit and Arabian racing

By Kirsten Wehner
01 Sep 2014
Like, I suspect, many Australians, I have always thought of racehorses (or at least the non-harnessed variety) as Thoroughbreds, but Arabian enthusiast Virginia Dodson recently...

Striking new horse portraits by Margrete Erling

By George Main
15 Aug 2014
A few months ago we introduced painter Margrete Erling and her works that powerfully convey the significance of horses within Australian history, see Painting horses. In the meantime, Margrete has...

Calling all pony clubbers

By Jennifer Wilson
13 Aug 2014
This week, the National Museum has launched a new website called ‘My Pony Club’, inviting all pony club participants from across Australia to contribute their stories. Check...

Horses in Australia

This National Museum of Australia project focuses on Australia's equine and equestrian heritage. More about Horses in Australia

Photo of a horses head. Image: © Matthew Seed - The Horse Photographer. Text reads: 'Spirited: Australia's Horse Story'

Exhibition

More on Spirited, only at the National Museum.

 A man feeding a horse.

Share your horse story

Share your memories and experiences.

1867 Queen's plate cup

Objects

From cups won by champions, to a quilt embroidered by a teenage girl.

A man riding a horse at a rodeo

Features

Explore these special photographic and film features.

A young girl leading a pony

My pony club story

Share your pony club story and photo with us as part of the Spirited exhibition.

Neale Lavis with racehorse Warri, at his property near Braidwood.

Bush horses and riders

A research project exploring the origins and passion for bush riding in Australia.

Side profile of a horse

Get involved

Support the project and share your stories about Australia's horses.

Horses in a field near Innamincka

Our people

Meet the team working on the Horses in Australia project.

 

People and the Environment

Horses in Australia is part of the National Museum's People and the Environment program. Discover more stories about people's relationships with Australia's natural and built environments on our People and the Environment website.