"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
With the Bromont bid to host the 2018 World Equestrian Games in the news, I thought it timely to look at Bromont’s horse sport history from its humble beginnings forty years ago as little more than a cow field to
Before we delve into this story that fuses fact and fiction together and has become the subject of legend, folklore, movies, poems, plays, books and songs, a thank you goes out to Sabine Schleese of Schleese Saddlery, female saddle specialists,
It was Epsom Derby Day in Epsom, Surrey, England on June 4th, 1913. People arrived in newfangled motorcars, in carriages and broughams pulled by horses, on bicycles and even in donkey carts. The well-to-do rubbed shoulders – well almost –
In the 60′s and 70′s, if you were a show jumping enthusiast in either England or North America, there was one equine name that got everybody’s attention. In the days before major league sports took over the cable stations and
Today, wailing sirens announce the approach of massive fire trucks, but starting around the 1830s in some American cities, it was sturdy horses that got the apparatus and firemen to the fire scenes. Up to that point, men were the
Nothing says “May” like the running of the Kentucky Derby, this year to be held May 4th at Churchill Downs. People will be standing at the track rail, and glued to their TV sets and computers urging on their favourites
What is it about some dogs, cats and horses that sets them apart? Some seem to have a sixth sense and then, something else that makes them almost human. Is it personality, a character trait or a quirk that they
Ask almost anybody to name the world’s greatest steeplechase and most will say “The Grand National.” What is it about this four-mile four-furlong (two and a quarter mile) race that has captured the hearts, minds and imaginations of race enthusiasts
The four-day 2013 Cheltenham Festival from March 12-15 in Gloucestershire, England is almost at the starting wire and this major festival and racing event is a must go, must see fixture on many people’s calendars. And, whether people soak in
Writing about the History of Fox Hunting rounds out my trio of blogs which included the History of The Stirrup Cup and the History of The Hunt Breakfast. However, fox hunting is a topic that can get hackles rising so