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

Place Your Bets! It’s Kentucky Derby Day!

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

History of the Montreal Polo Club

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

Warrior: The Real War Horse the Germans Couldn’t Kill

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

Sefton: Beloved Survivor of the 1982 IRA Bombings

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

The Queen’s Household Cavalry: Tradition, Pomp and Ceremony

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

New eBook: Shergar, Kidnapping the Wonder Horse

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

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