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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...

About horses in Australia

Australia just wouldn't be the same without horses. These beautiful animals have played a key role in shaping our culture, society and environment. The National Museum of Australia is currently exploring this history with a new project, Horses in Australia, focusing on our nation's equine and equestrian heritage.

Man feeding horse at Tom Quilty event.

About Horses in Australia

More on our equine project and the enduring connection between horses and humans in Australia.
Man and rider sculpture

Exhibition

Details of our forthcoming exhibition, Spirited: Australia's Horse Story.

1867 Queen's plate cup

Objects

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

Horses in a field near Innamincka

Our people

Meet the team working on the Horses in Australia project.

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.


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.