The Queen is an ardent horse lover, knowledgeable about breeding and bloodlines, a racehorse owner and a fine rider in her own right.
Some said Arkle was so good because he drank Guinness beer two times daily, and thanks to the popularity of racing on TV, he was getting lots of attention.
The American Grand National is a long, tough challenge over 2 ½ miles with massive jumps that most would turn away from, but not Battleship.
Should we believe the legend stating that the horse of Mohammed’s uncle wore shoes suggesting that perhaps horseshoes were invented in the Orient?
Bless the grooms! Many horse people today know that grooms are first people to the stable in the morning and are usually the last to leave.
While Epsom is a famous racecourse of note, a stable called Durdans located nearby is also a place with a rich and fascinating history.
British born Edward James Muggeridge changed his name many times over the course of his lifetime and was truly an odd duck by anybody’s standards.
During the Epsom Derby race Emily Davison ducked under the fence and walked onto the track, was passed by a few horses and then got hit bang on.
The “laws” of everyday social and equestrian etiquette in Victoria times were detailed, sacrosanct for decades and rarely open to change.
What a wonderful journey this has been! But sadly it is time to put away the history books and research websites, and move onto another phase of life.