Australia is paying tribute to its equestrian heritage with a new stamp issue dedicated to horse sport.
The Equestrian Events stamp issue features dressage, cross-country and showjumping, polocrosse and pony club on five domestic base-rate (70c) stamps.
“Many Australians enjoy horses through pony clubs, competition and leisure, and these form the focus of this stamp issue,” said Australia Post Philatelic Manager Michael Zsolt.
“We trust collectors and especially equine enthusiasts will jump at the opportunity to collect these equestrian-themed stamps and the associated products.”
Phil Ellett from Creative Ethos designed the stamps which use photographs by Bronwen Healy (dressage) and Julie Wilson (cross-country, showjumping, polocrosse, and pony club).
The Equestrian Events stamp issue is available from July 15, and includes a first day cover, stamp pack, set of five maxicards, five booklets of 10 x 70c self-adhesive stamps, a roll of 200 x 70c self-adhesive stamps and a booklet collection.
The stamps will be on sale at participating Australia Post retail outlets, via mail order on 1800 331 794 and online at auspost.com.au/stamps.
Australia Post also released a Year of the Horse package earlier this year, which is being withdrawn at the end of the month.
The Chinese zodiac uses animal signs to date the years over a 12-year cycle and 2014 is the Year of the Horse. For festive seasons, such as New Year, the Chinese lunar calendar is the determining factor.
The seventh sign in the cycle, the Horse symbolises perception and power and the Chinese idiom – lăomăshítú – literally means “an old horse knows the way”: experience is valuable.