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

Princess Louise: Canada’s Equine War Hero

The American marines may have their Sgt. Reckless, equine hero of the Korean War, but Canadians too have a horse who garnered much love and devotion from the New Brunswick boys who saved her and cared for her in the

Saratoga Race Course: Health, History and Horses

The late sports columnist Red Smith once offered directions to Saratoga, his favourite racetrack and wrote: “From New York City you drive north for about 175 miles, turn left on Union Avenue and go back 100 years.” Truer words were

Remembering Secretariat: The X Factor of His Success

Twenty-four years ago, the mighty Secretariat made his final dash from earth leaving a legacy of peerless racing performances behind, and one that would continue on in his progeny of the future. On March 30,1970, at 12:10 a.m., at Penny

Phar Lap’s Melbourne Cup Mystery

Phar Lap, the New Zealand racehorse also lovingly known as “Wonder Horse,” “Red Terror” and “Bobby” was, at the time of his death in 1932, the third highest stakes winner in the world. This internationally famous racehorse died in California

Horses at the White House

The White House sits at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C., DC and is one of the most recognized landmarks in the world, on a par with Buckingham Palace in England and the Taj Mahal in India. And, while the

The Shrimp Fishing Horses of Belgium

Five hundred years ago an inventive individual decided that if you couldn’t catch grey shrimp from boats, then try catching grey shrimp from horses. Today, this annual tradition of shrimp fishing continues in the town of Oostduinkerke, Belgium in the

Federico Caprilli: The Forward Seat from a Forward Thinker

All riders have heard of the “forward seat”, also known as the “Caprilli Method” of riding and we have an Italian cavalry rider to thank for revolutionizing the way we all ride and jump today. Back in the bad old

Norman Thelwell: A Leg at Each Corner and Laugh on Each Page

Quick now…what best describes a shaggy, short, naughty, can’t-be-caught, too smart for its own good pony? If you said, “A Thelwell Pony” you win first prize. Little did Norman Thelwell know that when he began to create his cartoon riders

Sgt. Reckless Update!

  Sgt. Reckless, the small mare who became a hero during the Korean War was immortalized in a special ceremony in Virginia recently. This brave horse (actually a large pony according to some reports on her size) carried ammunition, wounded

Sable Island’s Equine Survivors: Wildlife has the right-of-way…always!

Welcome to Sable Island…fascinating, frightening, remote, windswept, watery grave to thousands of helpless sailors and home to the toughest, hardiest equines imaginable. Sable Island is a 1.5 by 42 kilometre long remote windswept ecosystem, 300 kilometres east-southeast of Halifax known