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


What a wonderful journey this has been! But sadly it is time to put away my history books and research websites, and move onto another phase of life. Since the spring of 2011 I have researched and created hundreds of read more

The Pack Horse Librarians of Eastern Kentucky

From 1929 to 1939 the western industrialized nations were on their knees. The Great Depression had hit and while some men jumped off buildings having lost everything in the stock market, others rode the rails, moved from state to state read more

The Belmont Stakes: Final Run for Glory!

The Belmont Stakes, the final race in the Triple Crown of racing where history is sometimes, but not often made, and where Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winners attempt to enter the revered racing history books. The track named “Big read more

The Pony Express: Long Rides and a Short Life

By the time the famous Pony Express closed its doors and retired its riders and horses on October 24, 1861, just 18 months after starting, it had already achieved some noteworthy accomplishments. The horses and riders covered about 250 miles read more

The Preakness: Second Jewel in the Triple Crown

The Preakness Stakes at Pimlico got its start at a dinner party one hot summer evening in 1868. Among the distinguished guests were Governor Oden Bowie of Maryland, a Milton H. Sanford of Civil War blanket fame, and one John read more

Battleship: Sailing to Victory across the Ocean

This is a little known story that brings together a wealthy American heiress who was well ahead of her time, a small horse known as “the American pony” and a teenage jockey with talent, guts and gumption. Together they took read more

Keep Them Doggies Moving: The Great Texas Cattle Drives

If you are of a certain age, no week as a youngster was complete without watching Rawhide, a TV western series ran from 1959-1965, and starred a tall, young, handsome cattle drover we now know as Clint Eastwood. While the read more

Arkle: The Guinness Drinking Champion

Arkle the steeplechaser was and still is a household name in Ireland. Born in 1957 the bay gelding was owned by Anne Grosvenor, Duchess of Westminister, and trained by Tom Dreaper of County Meath, Ireland. His jockey was Patrick “Pat” read more

Red Pollard: Seabiscuit’s Canadian Connection

John (Red) Pollard may have ridden one of the most famous race horses in history, but his life was anything but glamorous and easy. Pollard was born in 1909 in Edmonton, Alberta, and lived in affluence until 1915 when the read more

Bless The Grooms!

The word “groom” first appeared in 1225 in English and actually means boy child or youth. It may stem for the old English root of “groma” which relates to “grow” or from the Old French word “grommet” or servant. Today read more

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