Country Calendar on Horseback

Country Calendar
Photo: Howard Taylor

Country Calendar on Horseback is a documentary series that takes a look at rural life in New Zealand.

It first started in 1966, making it New Zealand’s longest-running TV show. Country Calendar was originally developed for farmers, but it changed its format in the seventies to appeal to a wider audience.

This iconic programme continues to bring a much-loved portrait of equestrian Kiwi life, from showjumping to modern day cowboys.

Interesting fact: the theme music to Country Calendar is Hillbilly Child, which is by British musician Alan Moorhouse. It has been used on the show since is first aired 50 years ago.

Series 3

  • 1. Country Calendar on Horseback
    • One teaches horse-riding the other ballroom dancing but a couple find common ground in their careers and personal lives and say both activities involve building successful partnerships.
  • 2. Country Calendar on Horseback
    • Kingi Winiata Head Stockman on a big Wairarapa station the highlight of his year is riding with family and others up the coast to a horse sports event.
  • 3. Country Calendar on Horseback
    • A couple breed Appaloosa horses on their small Southland farm and use them for trekking in the mountains and wilderness areas nearby.
  • 4. Country Calendar on Horseback
    • When a master horseman becomes a solo father he has to re-think his career. He feels his added responsibilities have made starting wild horses too dangerous.