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.