"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 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
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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
To many people the word “polo” brings to mind a Ralph Lauren sport’s shirt, a minty candy or a sport played in the water. To horse people, the word “polo” brings to mind sunny weekends spent at a polo club,
1968. Canada was still on top of the world thanks to the World’s Fair – Expo ’67 – that had been staged in Montreal and had brought of millions of visitors to our doorstep. The following summer the Mexico Olympics