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

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

Warrior: The Real War Horse the Germans Couldn’t Kill

When Steven Spielberg created Michael Morpurgo’s story of Joey, the War Horse on the screen, few people knew that Joey was a work of fiction. Let’s meet a real war horse who spent four years defying death and destruction on

Sefton: Beloved Survivor of the 1982 IRA Bombings

July 20, 1982 started out as just another day in London, unless you want to add in the pomp and pageantry of the Royal Household Cavalry, Blues and Royals walking past the hordes of tourists as part of the Changing

The Queen’s Household Cavalry: Tradition, Pomp and Ceremony

Nothing says tradition like jolly old England. Of course, as horse lovers, what we really want to see between a trip to a real English pub and an afternoon of tea with scones is the changing the Queen’s Life Guards

New eBook: Shergar, Kidnapping the Wonder Horse

Shergar, the champion racehorse disappeared into an ominous Irish fog one February night in 1983 and was never seen again. The scenario was something out of a Hollywood blockbuster: The gloomy dusk of the Irish countryside, balaclava clad men, machine