Push for International Day of the Horse underway

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Horse lovers are joining the call for December 13th to be designated as the International Day of the Horse.

The drive is being fronted by the firm Alltech, which has taken its campaign to the United Nations, where a decision is yet to be made on whether the event will be officially recognised.

Dr Pearse Lyons, president of the company, said: "Revered throughout the world for their beauty and majestic power, horses have played an integral role in our cultures since the beginning of time.

"They've been our transportation, our cavalry, our industry and our inspiration."

Those behind the plans are keen that the first Day of the Horse be this year as 2014 is the year of the horse in Chinese culture.

People born in 1906, 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002 and 2014 are all horses and are said to have cheerful and perceptive characters.

If the plans go ahead, then special horse events are bound to be staged each December, allowing owners and enthusiasts alike to celebrate the animal.

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