White Horses of Camargue 

Horses descended from prehistoric times


 

The all-white horses of Camargue are most identifiable by their signature color and prominent features; they are believed to be descended from prehistoric horses around 17,000 years ago. Here, set against the monotone backdrop of their habitat in remote Southern France, their grace and power is everpresent.

Watch the Short Film 

Band of Rebels: White Horses of Camargue


 

This short film explores the relationship of the bold and beautiful all-white horses of Camargue and the cowboys of the Riviera, or ‘gardians,’ who care for them. This traditional role dates back to the 1500s and is not for the faint of heart.

“These horses are some of the most confident animals I’ve ever been around. It wasn’t just their defined musculature either, but their large, dark, expressive eyes – it’s as if you can see into their souls.”

Drew Doggett

  • La Noblesse


     

    These horses are unpredictable and free; it’s part of what makes them beautiful.

    Drew Doggett

     

     

     

  • chasing light


     

    I found the monotone colors of the Camargue water and sky to perfectly frame the horses unique features like their incredible, all-white coats.

    Drew Doggett

     

     

  • spirit of the camargue


     

    As the horses came thundering by me it was as if the Earth shook. These mighty and powerful animals are fearlessly at ease here.

    from Drew’s Travel Notebook

     

     

  • blanc II


     

    I became fascinated with the textures of the Camargue horse’s coats,
    especially when they were drenched in salty water and developed a painterly finish.

    Drew Doggett

     

  • together


     

    These horses band together because their survival is dependent on them working as a pack. It’s why their breed has survived for thousands of years.

    Drew Doggett

     

Camargue’s Gardians

An indelible bond between man and horse


 

The Camargue horse’s sustained & miraculous presence on Earth is enabled by a group of caretakers known as the Brotherhood of the Camargue Horsemen, Gardians, or ‘cowboys of the Riviera.’

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