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

Polo: From Wartime to Playtime

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,

Mexico Olympics 1968: The Canadian Gold Standard

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

Twenty One Things You Didn’t Know About the RCMP

Every gal loves a man in uniform, but when you put him on top of a great looking horse then the fantasy is complete. One of the most iconic symbols of Canada is the RCMP, The Royal Canadian Mounted Police,

Tschiffely’s 10,000-Mile, Three-Year Ride: Part II

Swiss born Aimé Felix Tschiffely (1895-1954) rode from Buenos Aires to Washington D.C. in 1925, a trip that took three years. Most people thought he was mad to attempt such a trip that included searing deserts, raging rivers, crocodiles, impossibly

Tschiffely’s 10,000-Mile, Three-Year Ride: Part I of II

When Swiss born Aimé Felix Tschiffely (1895-1954) decided to ride from Buenos Aires to Washington D.C. in 1925, he was called every name under the sun and none of them very flattering. This trip seemed an impossible feat for any

New e-Book: The Death of Phar Lap

Are you looking for a great new e-book read? My new -book titled: The Death of Phar Lap. The Unsolved Never Ending Mystery. is available at www.amazon.com or www.amazon.ca and in many other countries through Amazon stores. It is the

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