One of America’s Greatest Olympians Ran Against Horses to Earn a Living

February 22nd, 2018|Categories: Features, Training|Tags: , , , |

In 1935, at the age of 22, he set three world records and tied a fourth in less than an hour at the Big Ten Track Meet in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Sportswriters dubbed it “the greatest 45 minutes ever in sport!” The following year he won more Olympic gold medals than any man before him. Jesse [...]

The Beatles Many Encounters with Horses

February 7th, 2018|Categories: Features|Tags: , |

From Central Park to Aintree Racetree to Missouri’s Ozarks, the Beatles often found themselves in the company of horses giving teenage girls yet one more reason to LOVE the Beatles. The Beatles in Central Park (1964). February 7, 1964 It was the day the Beatles arrived in America. They just scored their first number [...]

Boston’s Great Molasses Flood of 1919

January 15th, 2018|Categories: Features, Management|Tags: , |

On January 15, 1919, a massive tidal wave obliterated Boston’s North End. The deadly wave was not a tsunami wrought from the Atlantic but rather 2.3 million gallons of molasses dumped on the streets when a storage tank ruptured. The molasses tank before it ruptured in 1919 The molasses was stored in a large [...]

First WARHorse Grave Protected

December 18th, 2017|Categories: Events, News|Tags: , , , |

Blackie’s grave has been granted heritage protection in England. His is the first war horse grave to be so honored and one of more than 1000 historical sites given protection in 2017. An estimated 8 million horses died in WW1 either killed during battle, or the effects of disease and starvation. More than 8 million [...]

Australia’s 2017 Racing Hall of Fame Inductees – Light Fingers and Saintly

December 18th, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , , , , |

Light Fingers Le Filou x Cuddlesome Her sire was, Le Filou, which in French means “pickpocket” or “thief”.  Her pedigree was impeccable and expectations for her racing career were high. However, those who worked with the fragile mare were skeptical. Light Fingers, trained by Bart Cummings, she would, at least for a time, sway skeptics and [...]

Bolting Horses Stopped in Their Tracks

December 13th, 2017|Categories: Series|Tags: , , , , |

Today’s installment of WARHorses “History’s Horses” regales courageous actions set against the classic 20th century confrontation – horse versus automobile. Harvard Street, 1910 RESCUE THREE IN MOTOR CAR CHASE OF RUNAWAY PAIR. Mrs. Theodore Metcalf and Daughter Owe Lives to Brave Officers. Boston, MA,1910: By pressing an automobile into service and overtaking a pair [...]

O’Keeffe’s Horse Skulls

October 31st, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , |

Skeletons are scary, especially on Halloween when they’re most likely to chase you down a dark street - clackity clack. But not all bones are frightening, in fact they can be quite beautiful. Many famous artists have had an affinity for bones incorporating them into masterpieces. Leonardo drew them, Rembrandt painted them, Edvard Munch made etchings [...]

Demented Soul Takes a Hungry Horse’s Ears

October 30th, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , , |

How do we wrap our heads around the crazy actions of truly twisted individuals? Sure, it takes all kinds to make the world go ‘round but sometimes people go well beyond the pale. Recent case in point – some joker took the ears off a hungry horse. To be precise, they removed the ears off THE [...]

A Taxidermy Tribute to the Horses We Love

October 26th, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , , |

When faced with the inevitable most of us decide between burial and cremation for our beloved horses. For some however there is a third option, taxidermy. The practice is centuries old historically relegated to the regal WARHorses of kings but an option today for anyone who can afford it. Of course the end result may not be [...]

Libya’s Sibeeb are Steeped in Tradition

October 20th, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , , , , |

Libya is a country divided but despite fractions, Libyans are deeply loyal to their immediate communities - homes. It is through this devotion that traditions carry on including one particular passion – Friday afternoon horse racing. “Horseback riding is in our blood, our children and the whole family love it,” explained rider, Ali al-Hadi. A [...]