Horses & History

"If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday. - Pearl Buck

As a former Pony Clubber, hunting, eventing, show jumping enthusiast and freelance writer, I am delighted to be back in the saddle again writing this Horses & History blog about two of my favourite topics.

I plan to take a trot back in time and find interesting facts and stories about our favourite four-legged friends and their riders, shows, places and events and look at how they made and changed the course of history.

Enjoy! - Cindy Crank

The Poo Conference of 1898 & the World Crisis of Too Many Horses: Part I

While we like to think of the horse as part of “the good old days,” in reality the horse has created and produced countless issues and problems for mankind for centuries. In fact the problems with horses can be traced…

The Newfoundland Pony: Mother Nature’s Work of Art

While looking for interesting material for my final September blog, I found an article published just a few months ago on the CBC online news site. According to the article 20 Newfoundland ponies made their way back home to Newfoundland…

Marengo: Napoleon’s Favourite Horse

Who hasn’t heard of Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821), also known as Napoleon I, who was born in Corsica and quickly made a name for himself during the French Revolution from 1789-1799? He rose through the ranks, gained political power in 1799…

The World Equestrian Games: Seven Momentous Events

As our Facebook pages and email inboxes fill up with news, results and photos from the 2014 World Equestrian Games (WEG), a brief look on how and why these games came to be is timely. Pre-1990, the FEI disciplines each…

Saving Belle and Sundance

McBride, BC, population 660, is located almost nine hours north of Vancouver in the Robson Valley. This is mountain country and access via route 16 is bordered by places like Mt. Quanstrom, Mt Sir Wilfred Laurier and Chevron Peak. Majestic…

Northern Dancer: The Canadian Super Horse that Nobody Wanted

Born May 27, 1961, Northern Dancer was the yearling that nobody wanted. Small horses were overlooked at the sales and his owner, Canadian business magnate E.P. Taylor, couldn’t sell the 14.2hh cheeky, weedy foal (he would grow to 15.1 3/4hh…

Red Rum: The Horse who Saved the Grand National.

The life of a horse with a chronic bone disease called pedal osteitis and that of a man from humble beginnings crossed paths and joined forces 40 years ago. In doing so they helped ward off the possible demise of…

Horsepower Helping Horses and People

Horse power in the 1800s and into the early 1900s can certainly never be viewed as the good old days for the thousands of equines involved. Old paintings may depict idyllic hunting, carriage driving and hacking scenes down country lanes,…

Place Your Bets! It’s Kentucky Derby Day!

All horse lovers and racing fans know that the first Saturday in May is Kentucky Derby Day, often called, “the most exciting two minutes in sport.” The Kentucky Derby is two weeks of Louisville fun and festivities to signal the…

History of the Montreal Polo Club

The oldest polo club in Canada was the Calgary Polo Club and it was here and at High River that English officers and gentlemen who had gone into ranching put together teams for leisure and sport in 1883. So popular…



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