The History of the Horse Show
|The History of the Horse Show
The modern horse show is a combination of two kinds of celebrations
that have been taking place for hundreds of years--the military
tournament, and the local fair.
times, while civilians traded horses at local seasonal meets, armies of
the Greeks, Romans, Scythains, Egyptians, Hittites, Chinese, and
Persians all held rigorous cavalry or chariot competitions amont their
Centuries later, so did the
Cossacks, the Hussars, the Rajput, and the Turks, as well as cavalry
active until World War I. For the Cavalryman of any period in
history, the quality of his horse and the skill with which he rode his
mount was paramount; as armies gathered or stood watiting for orders,
soldiers would compare their own horses with those of their comrades.
When times were good, and there was little warring to be done,
entire companies of men might hold horsemanship competitons to beat
back the boredom.
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