The New Zealand Horse

A 200 year history

Deborah Coddington and Jane Ussher

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A handsome book showing the horse in all its glory

A magnificent tribute to the New Zealand horse, documenting its pivotal role in the development of the early colony, in farming, transport, war, sport and in our affections.

Writer Deborah Coddington and photographer Jane Ussher capture the strength, beauty and mystery of the horse across New Zealand, from bareback beach riders in the far north and huntsmen in Hawke’s Bay, to the Otago high country, the stud farms of the Waikato, the wild horses of the Kaimanawas, film horses, dressage horses and many, many more.

Warmly and expertly written, and including a range of historical images, this magnificent book is brought to startling life by the astounding photographs of Jane Ussher.

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The New Zealand Horse, which features Waikato Stud’s latest stallion recruit, Tivaci, on its jacket, bears the stamp of a labour of love by author and photographer. That is entirely appropriate for a near 400-page deep dive into the world of the horse, where so many of its participants place their passion for this unique animal ahead of any aspirations for tangible reward.’ — Dennis Ryan, The Informant

  • CATEGORY: Art, design and architecture, History
  • ISBN: 9780995102927
  • PUBLISHER: Massey University Press
  • IMPRINT: Massey University Press
  • PUBLISHED: 11/03/2021
  • PAGE EXTENT: 392
  • FORMAT: Hard cover
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Deborah Coddington is a writer, journalist, broadcaster and former Member of Parliament. She lives in the Wairarapa and is a keen rider.

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Jane Ussher MNZM is one of New Zealand’s most lauded photographers.