The Prized Paso Fino

August 2nd, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , , |

Recently a friend called and asked if I wanted to go to a local Paso Fino show. Not knowing much about Paso’s, going to a show sounded interesting. It certainly was. We spent the entire day at the event mesmerized by these beautiful horses. One of the morning classes was a halter class. Two finely dressed [...]

“Exciting Runaway”

July 17th, 2017|Categories: History's Horses|Tags: |

Down Eutaw Place to Dolphin Street--Two Men Injured. Mr. John W. Horner, 2034 Eutaw Place, was thrown down and run over yesterday by a runaway horse attached to a buggy. His left shoulder was dislocated and his left side and leg were bruised. The horse, which was owned by Mr. Edward J. Mabbett, was standing at [...]

Brother from Another Mother?

June 28th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

China’s history extends back an incredible 750,000 years to the time when Peking Man strolled about modern day Beijing. Given such vast time, its conceivable that evidence of ancient man, artifacts and bones, can be found just about everywhere. In 2003 workers for the city of Chengdu were expanding the local airport. They discovered not one [...]

John Wayne – Hollywood’s Greatest Cowboy

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

Born May 26, 1907, Marion Robert Morrison would grow up to become one of Hollywood’s biggest movie stars,  John Wayne. John Wayne, The Big Trail 1930 John Wayne was born in Iowa but grew up in California. He lost a football scholarship to the University of Southern California when he was injured bodysurfing. The [...]

Equestrian EGG-cellence!

April 13th, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , |

Easter is upon us and while most of us associated bunnies with the secular aspect of this holiday, horses have an oddly frequent presence on decorative eggs. Let’s take a look! Ukrainian Pysanka Easter egg, pysanka, decorating is a form of Ukrainian folk art. Receipt of a pysanka is a token of friendship and esteem. A pysanka [...]

Noble WARHorses Made of Clay

April 7th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , |

A grand exhibit of antiquity (and WARHorses) opens next week in Seattle, Washington. “Terracotta Warriors: Guards for Eternity,” an exhibition that includes 10 of the famous life-size figures found guarding China’s first emperor’s tomb including a cavalryman and a charioteer and his horses. What are the Terracotta Warriors? In 1974 farmers in China were digging a [...]

NOTHING LIKE HIM BEFORE OR SINCE – MAN O’ WAR

March 29th, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , , , |

Man O’ War was born 100 years ago today, March 29, 1917. Unquestionably the greatest Thoroughbred through his accomplishments on the track and as a stud. A century later “Big Red” remains the benchmark by which all American thoroughbreds are measured. He was a bold chestnut, 16’2 ½ hands, with one of the longest strides measured [...]

Sailor’s Lives Depended on Mare’s Tails

March 22nd, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , , |

'MARE’S TAILS and MACKEREL SCALES make tall ships carry low sails' Ancient travelers new this phrase well, it was a warning heeded by sailors throughout the ages. But the mackerel scales referred to are not fishy ones, and nor do the mare's tails anything to do with horses. Both, in fact, are nicknames for clouds. Mare's [...]

An Irish Tale – Oisin and Naimh and the Magical Horse They Rode

March 17th, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , |

The fabled paradise island of Tír na nÓg is said to be located off of the west coast of Ireland. Tír na nÓg is the land of perpetual youth, a land where time stands still. In legend, those who live on the island never grow old, never get sick and never know sorrow. The island is [...]

Irish Horse Bling Flung Far Far Away

March 16th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

In the summer of 2016, a man with a metal detector discovered a particularly well-preserved object in a field in Norway. The 1200-year-old bronze ornament, a fitting from a horse harness, was most certainly of Celtic origins. Which begs the question how did an Irish do-dad end up in a faraway field in Norway? Researchers surmise [...]