Washington, D.C., is home to at least 30 equestrian statues, mostly generals, including Ulysses S. Grant, Andrew Jackson, Philip Sheridan and George Washington.

How the Derby Got its Name. It had nothing to do with a hat! By tradition, a “derby” is a race for three year olds, and the term was first used in England in 1779. Edward Smith-Stanley 12th Earl of Derby, was celebrating the inaugural run of the Epsom Oaks (named after his estate “The Oaks”), which his horse, Bridget, had won.

Coming to the barn? Leave those fashionable open-toed sandals at home. Sturdy footwear that protects and supports the whole foot is crucial for safety both on the ground and in the saddle.

William F. Cody, otherwise known as Buffalo Bill, was given a snow-white horse called Isham by the painter Rosa Bonheur, who also painted their picture together. Isham was reputed to be one of Buffalo Bill’s favorite horses, and repeatedly performed in their traveling “Wild West Show.” When, due to bankruptcy, the show closed, a friend bought Isham at auction, and gave him back to Buffalo Bill.

“The horse through all of its trials has persevered the sweetness of paradise in its blood” – Johannes Jensen

In a rodeo competition there are two categories with 3 competitions for each – roughstock events (Bareback Riding, Saddlebronc Riding and Bull Riding) and timed events (Barrel Racing, Steer Wrestling and Team Roping).

A light horse used for riding is called a hack, but so is a carriage for hire. Trail and pleasure riding is referred to as hacking.

The bridle and the bit was developed before the saddle and stirrups. Most riding was performed bareback until the Middle Ages.

Get out the sunscreen. Horses with pink skin sunburn and peel just like us. Slather those velvety noses with a high-number SPF sunscreen and provide shaded areas for those light-colored horses to hang out on sunny days.

“Reins and legs can never compensate for an incorrect placement of the rider’s weight!?. – Kurt Albrecht, Dressage Master