I am a videographer in Portland, Oregon with a love for all things horses. Originally from Minnesota, my childhood was spent on racetracks across the Midwest. I am currently training my dream horse with hopes of excelling at dressage and Parelli. I have a Cairn Terrier, Ellie, and an old cat named Winston. I am fortunate to have a pretty nice boyfriend who understands and supports my love of horses. My blog helps keep a record of my successes and failures and helps friends and family enjoy the journey with me.
I am gearing up for my trip to the Bahamas to film the Abaco Barbs and I got to thinking about a horse travel adventure of the past. Three years ago I went to Hungary for the second time and went out to the the Puszta, the desert-like plains of Hungary. It is home the the famous Hungarian Horsemen, the Csikos (pronounced che-kowsh). My friend and I spent the day with them, and were just "wowed" by the things we saw. I am rusty on my history, but I remember that they struck fear in all those whose crossed their paths while they raided Western Europe. They look pretty harmless in these photos, and were actually quite jovial. Traditionally, they teach their horses to "play dead" on command for war strategies and they rode "standing up" to appear larger from a distance. I am going to post more about them because they are great photos and I don't know if anyone out there knows a lot about them. They taught me how to use their bullwhip and there are some fun photos of that. For me, this is just great thinking back and remembering my day with the Csikos. By the way, they make great wine as well!