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

Durdans Livery at Epsom: Rosebery’s Stable Endures and Delights Centuries Later

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…

The Snowy Racing “Ritz” at St. Moritz

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….

Kathy Kusner: Jack of All Trades. Master of All.

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…

The Sand Pounders: The U.S. Coast Guard Mounted Patrol

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…

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…



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