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
Epsom Racecourse, located in Surrey about an hour south west of London, held its first recorded race in 1661. Still today Epsom is famous for the Epsom Derby, an annual summer event that boasts a purse of over £1.25m million read more
St. Moritz, Switzerland can be credited with a lot of firsts: it was home to the first place in Switzerland to have electric lights, it was the birthplace of spa resorts and, in 1864, winter sports and tourism were founded. read more
It seems ironic that although women were competing against their male counterparts in Olympic, national and international equestrian events, they were, until 1968, denied jocks licenses. At that point a young show jumper and non-licensed jockey named Kathy Kusner decided read more
Imagine standing at the ocean’s door in 1942 and seeing one of your favourite show jump riders, jockeys or polo players galloping along the beach scanning the horizon for enemy ships. In World War II, this was a very real read more
Horses were a part of everyday life in the days before the motor car made its grand entrance, but they were a necessary evil and there were insurmountable problems that went along with them. Flies, as any horse or stable read more
It never ceases to amaze me where tidbits of horse history pop up. In June of 2013, I wrote a blog about English suffragette Emily Davison who threw herself in front of King George V’s horse Anmer in 1913 in read more
This past spring, I wrote about a horse called Warrior who defied the odds and lived through the horrors of WWI. Warrior, called the horse the Germans couldn’t kill, arrived on the Western Front in 1914 and lived through gunfire and read more
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 read more
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 read more
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 read more