Pot8os

He was one of the greatest racehorses of the 18th Century and was known for his endurance ability over four miles (that’s around 6.5 km!). But his stellar racing career (34 wins) was not the only thing this stallion was known for. It was his name, ‘Potatoes’ that got people talking. But how did he […]

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The Pony Express: The Emails of the Wild West

Yeehaw! The Wild West era of history was filled with daring feats of horsemanship and the Pony Express was known for this! What on earth am I talking about I hear you ask? Well, the Pony Express was a mail service relay team that ran across a 2,000 mile route (!!!) through cities such as […]

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The Wells Fargo Stagecoach

In the 1800s, stagecoaches were used in many different ways but one of their most important roles was to keep people connected. People depended on the stagecoach system to keep in touch with friends and family across the country. Not only did they carry people in carriages pulled by teams of six horses, they also […]

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Comanche: The horse that survived Custer’s Last Stand

As one of the only horses to survive the infamous Battle of Little Bighorn in 1876, where the 7th Cavalry Regiment of the US Army suffered a terrible defeat against the Native Americans, Comanche was the favoured war mount of one of the US army generals. The Battle of Little Bighorn was also known as […]

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A Step Back in Time: The Evolution of Horses

Today we are stepping back through history globetrotters and taking a peek at how horses have evolved over time. The modern horses that we are used to only represent one small branch of the HUGE family tree known as the Equidae. This tree spans over millions of years and all other branches are sadly extinct, […]

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Curio: The Famous Buckjumper

Get a load of this little beauty globetrotters! This is the famous Curio, undefeated for 8 years, who is part of rodeo horse royalty! No one would have thought that a little roan mare standing at just 14 hands high would become one of the most famous buckjumpers to have ever entered a rodeo arena. […]

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Burmese – A Horse Fit For A Queen

It’s no secret that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is a passionate horsewoman. She’s been recognised by the FEI with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her dedication to the horse, has been ranked among the top breeders in the UK (she owns a modest string of racehorses) and we’ve all seen the photos of her […]

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Jenny Camp – Eventing Superstar

She was small in size and had a less than ideal conformation, but Jenny Camp was a mare who came out on top and made the history books at a time when the world was in turmoil. Born in 1926 at the US Army Remount Station in Front Royal, Virginia, she was of Thoroughbred-Standardbred breeding, […]

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Frank Hopkins & Hidalgo – fact or fiction?

Since the cowboy first pointed his gun in The Great Train Robbery in 1903, Western movies have entertained audiences the world over with their stories, landscapes and colourful cowboy characters. And thanks to the power of 2004 film Hidalgo’s visual imagery, audience interest in the genre has once again been captured. But, like my mum […]

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Unmatched Legacy: Ruffian

There is often a price paid for greatness, and those who were in racing filly Ruffian’s camp might understand that better than most. There are so many accounts throughout history of horses overcoming great odds to emerge victorious, but Ruffian’s tale is a little different. No other horse so perfectly encapsulates the triumph and tragedy […]

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Airflow, a true miracle

This is not just another story about a horse who did amazing things, no siree. It’s a story about a horse who, despite every single odd stacked against him, made a miraculous ‘comeback’ after a life-threatening injury and went on to be crowned Champion Show Jumper of New York State in the 1940s. It’s a […]

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Poco Lena – a tale of tragedy and triumph

It appears every great horse has a great story, whether it be they come from humble beginnings and shine when it’s needed most, or they are born great, suffer some terrible mishap but keep going and return to greatness once more. Poco Lena’s story is the latter, a tale mixed with triumph and tragedy. Born […]

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Two-Gun Nan

Nan Jeanne Aspinwall Gable Lambell was the first woman to ride on horseback across America alone. She rode from San Francisco to New York, covering 4496 miles and 180 days in the saddle, all in the name of a bet made with Buffalo Bill, whose Wild West show she performed in with her husband. Her […]

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Bucephalus the Great

Alexander the Great is arguably the greatest military conqueror the world has ever seen. But in addition to this, he was apparently the world’s first horse whisperer! Bucephalus, the horse Alexander rode for thousands of miles and through many battles to create his mighty empire, did not have the best of beginnings. Legend has it […]

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Breaking through show jumping’s glass ceiling

Thirty years ago on the equestrian world’s biggest stage, an unknown female rider snagged the individual gold medal out from under the noses of three men at the World Championships, a result that thrilled the world. Canadian Gail Greenough headed into the final four at the 1986 World Championships in Aachen as the underdog. It […]

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Red Rum

Born in 1965, Red Rum was a champion Thoroughbred steeplechaser who achieved an unmatched historic treble when he won the Grand National, the world’s greatest steeplechase event, in 1973, 1974 and 1977, and also came second in the two years in between (1975 and 1976). Red Rum’s owner, Martyn McEnery, gave the great thoroughbred his […]

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Seabiscuit – a racing legend

One of the greatest thoroughbred racing legends of all time, Seabiscuit had an inauspicious start to his racing career, but became an unlikely champion and a symbol of hope to many during the Great Depression. At age 2 he had raced a record 35 times but had only 5 wins to his name. It wasn’t […]

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Henry Bergh – a friend of every friendless beast

Henry Bergh, the founder of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), was an advocate for the care and protection of horses. The rebellious son of a successful shipyard owner, it was during one of his many trips overseas that he witnessed the cruelty served to animals in the Spanish bullfighting […]

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‘Old Bones’ the Wonder Horse

It was 1916 when a gangly yearling was spotted by Cal Milam from Kentucky at a yearling sale. It wasn’t love at first sight, in fact it was anything but. Cal wasn’t impressed with the youngster, but ended up paying $1500 and took him home, naming him Exterminator in the hope he would eventually kill […]

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Mister Ed

Mister Ed was a hugely popular American television sitcom in the 1950s and 60s, whose title character was a talking horse. The concept was derived from a series of short stories by children’s author Walter R. Brooks, which began with ‘The Talking Horse’ in the September 18, 1937 issue of Liberty magazine. It is believed […]

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Annie Oakley

Annie Oakley, (born Phoebe Ann Moses Butler), was one of America’s greatest sharpshooters and stars of the Wild West. Born into poverty in Ohio, Annie taught herself to shoot to help feed her family, selling the game to local shops and restaurants. Rumour has it she could shoot the head off a running quail when […]

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