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 II

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…

Update: Anmer, King George V’s Horse Sent in Canada

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…

Update on Warrior: The Real War Horse is Awarded his Victoria Cross

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…

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…



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