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

The Saga of the State Coach Britannia

To say that Australian born Jim Frecklington OAM (Medal of the Order of Australia) is a creative and innovative master coach builder and ardent monarchist is an understatement. As a former Windsor Castle employee who looked after Prince Philip’s four-in-hand read more

The Royal Mews: Stabling Fit for a King (or Queen)

If you were reincarnated as a horse you would want to find yourself living in the Royal Mews, England`s most famous and luxurious stables at Buckingham Palace. Interestingly enough the Royal Mews did not originally house horses; King Richard II read more

All The Queens Horses!

Whether you are a monarchist or an anti-monarchist, two facts are irrefutable: The Queen is an ardent horse lover, knowledgeable about breeding and bloodlines, a racehorse owner and a fine rider in her own right. The other fact is that read more

Victorian Horse-Drawn Hearses, Plumes, Pomp and Processions

During the London Olympic Games this past summer, a short article in a British newspaper piqued my interest. Apparently, various London funeral parlours were very concerned that the masses of extra traffic on the London streets would make negotiating roads read more

Stand and Deliver! Your Money or Your Life!

Today, a drive or walk through The Peak District in the central and northern region of England takes you past stone cottages in walled villages, larger towns with Saturday markets, tumbling brooks and rolling hills dotted with sheep who often read more

Equestrian Etiquette and Attire in the Victorian Era

The “laws” of everyday social etiquette in Victoria times were detailed, sacrosanct for decades and rarely open to change. These “laws” covered everything from the kind of jewellery and dress a lady wore at certain times of the day, the read more

Snowman to be on the Silver Screen!

Lo and behold, Docutainment Films in the USA is making a feature length film based on the life of horseman Harry de Leyer and Snowman, the ultimate rags to riches horse! If you enjoyed my blog on Snowman check out read more

The Diving Horses of Yesteryear

In the mid-1800s when TV, the internet and movies were unimaginable, Wild West travelling shows were all the rage in entertainment featuring Indians, shooting contests, daredevil riding and mock battles. Buffalo Bill Cody’s show was one of the most famous read more

Snowman: The Ultimate Rags to Riches Story

“Some horses you “ride” to victory. Others find victory on their own – you just have to hold still and go along for the ride.” When Dutch immigrant and horseman Harry de Leyer bought a mud and manure covered plow horse read more

Knights and Horses of the Middle Ages

The word “knight” conjures up visions of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, Mordred, Merlin, Guinevere and the castle Camelot. King Arthur and the romanticized tales that surround him and his knights include a lot of fantasy read more

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