Norman races into Russia for his welcome party!

Jul 26
Norman races into Russia for his welcome party! Norman enjoys some goats cheese

Norman’s next stop on his global trot was Russia. Russia’s vast landscape hosts a broad array of travel experiences from treks up the slopes of glacier capped mountains to strolls along the shoreline of the earth’s oldest lake. Norman was interested in finding out more about the famous Russian Don; a breed of horse developed in and named after the steppes region of Russia where the Don River flows. These horses are currently used for under-saddle work and driving.

Norman meets with Alltech Russia

To celebrate Norman’s arrival the Russian Alltech team held a party to grace his presence. Norman hadn’t realised he was so famous in Russia and had a brilliant time meeting everyone at the party and tasting different foods. Here Norman conversed about the Russian Don breed and was amazed to find out that the horse was used at the mount of the Cossack cavalry. Russian Don’s are known for their endurance and stamina; these horses could cover long distances in a short amount of time, with reserves of energy left for battle. Today, the Don is widely used as a saddle horse, and is also used in harness, often in the traditional Russian tachanka, where four horses are hitched side-by-side.

Norman was amazed at the beauty and reserve of these horses and compared his global trot with the endurance and stamina of the Russian Don. He wondered if many of these horses would be taking part in the endurance race at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy. He could not wait to share his stories with his friends at the Games.   

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