Doreen Austen Haggard
|Doreen Austen Haggard||
Joined Mar 24 2011
57 years old
DH Equestrian Photography
Rosettes Spain ~ Escarapelas España
I was born Doreen Austen in Basingstoke, Hampshire in 1962, at 3 years old my family moved to the south coast, Lee On Solent, Hampshire. My father was a watch maker & jeweller, this is where my passion for horses started. By the time i was 7 years of age i had my own horse, now there was no stopping me, horses was my life. As time went on and after i left school, i decided my future was to be with horses, i applied for a job in Wales as a nanny and groom, i got the job but after a while i missed home so i decided to move back to the south coast.
Looking for a job once again, i applied for a job at Bill Smiths stables (Queen mothers jockey) in Hambledon, Hampshire. So now i was with race horses, which was very good fun.
Here i met my first husband, so horses had to come to an end, after 8 years of marriage i got divorced in 1990, i met my new husband in 1992 and remarried in 1995 and now my husband and i live in Spain (Andalusia) with the Spanish Andalusian Horse.
I first started writing in 1997, The Bourke Parakeet and I am still the only one to have written on this bird today. I have had a long break and now I have made a comeback with this new book, The History of the P.R.E Andalusian Horse. They are one of the oldest pure-breed horses of today and well known to the world.
My inspiration was to write something different from all the horse books you can buy; not about riding or how to keep a horse as there is so many out there today, but to write something about the history on the horse I admire. The book explains all about what they have been used for, where they came from, where they have gone over the years, and what they are today, with the events of their Spanish life. My book puts the Andalusian under the spot light; as they stand out from many other breeds, this book will sell very well, especially in Spain.
It was back in 1995 when I first came to Spain, and had the pleasure to ride the Andalusian horse. Some years later, I decided to move to Spain (2004) and it was not long before I was back riding the famous Andalusian horse.
Because of all the time I had spent with this beautiful horse, I then knew I had to write this book. It was not just about the passion of riding them; I wanted to find out all their history, and so I did. Now there is a book that focuses on this delightful, colourful breed. I have brought a fresh approach to the history of the Andalusian horse, together with the many full-colour photographs that illustrate the text, which has resulted in a book that will be appreciated by horse lovers.
When I moved to Spain in 2004 from the U.K., the only place to head for was, of course, inland in the south of Spain to Andalusia, where I could find the pure Andalusian horse. I have been riding horses for forty-three years, so after coming to Spain and meeting the fantastic Andalusian horse, I definitely wasn’t going to stop. Now with my book, I can share them with the entire world. I enjoy writing about my interests; it makes my interest so much more enjoyable