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
With the spotlight on the 2012 London Olympic Games in recent weeks, a list of memorable, not so memorable and downright odd Olympic equestrian memories and moments were a must for this blog. I started out with dressage and show read more
With the London Olympics taking centre stage for the next few weeks, a list of memorable, not so memorable and downright odd Olympic equestrian memories and moments were a must for this blog. I have started out with dressage and read more
With the approach of the 20th century, change was in the air. The liberated lady riders from the Western USA were turning their noses up at their Eastern New York sisters who still rode sidesaddle in Central Park saying: “Not read more
When I researched the history of sidesaddles I believed I’d be writing about the mechanical changes to women’s “saddles” or so called saddles…a tweak here, a foot board there, an extra horn tacked someplace else…simple stuff! Well, my eyes were read more
Imagine the surprise when a horseshoe was discovered in the burial chamber of Chilperic I, the Monrovian King who ruled from 561 to 584. Could discoverers conclude that nailed horseshoes were used as far back as then? Questionable they concluded. read more
In Part I of this blog, we went back almost 30 years to February 8th, 1983, when Shergar, Ireland’s famous and successful racehorse turned stud, was kidnapped from his stables in County Leitrim, Ireland during “The Troubles” – that period read more
Shergar the racehorse may not be a household name in North America, but in Ireland he is remembered as a nation’s favourite racing “son.” Sadly, along with those memories are recollections of “The Troubles,” the killing and strife that existed read more
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