1975 Ruffian & Foolish Pleasure Match Race (1 part)
The unbeaten and imposing black filly, Ruffian (16.2 as a two year old), is believed by some to have been the best race horse that ever lived. After ten undefeated races in which she broke numerous track records, she was entered in a match race with Foolish Pleasure, the winner of that year’s…
The unbeaten and imposing black filly, Ruffian (16.2 as a two year old), is believed by some to have been the best race horse that ever lived. After ten undefeated races in which she broke numerous track records, she was entered in a match race with Foolish Pleasure, the winner of that year’s Kentucky Derby. As Ruffian left the starting gate, she hit her shoulder hard before straightening out. The first quarter-mile (402 m) was run in 221⁄5 seconds, with Ruffian ahead by a nose. Little more than 1 furlong (201 m) later, Ruffian was in front by half a length when she changed leads, followed by an audible crack: both sesamoid bones in her right foreleg had snapped. Vasquez tried to pull her up, but the filly would not stop. She went on running, pulverizing her sesamoids, ripping the skin of her fetlock and tearing her ligaments until her hoof was flopping uselessly. Vasquez said it was impossible for him to stop her. She still tried to run and finish the race. Video showed Ruffian was startled by a bird in the infield and took a bad step. Ruffian, fighting to the end, was humanely euthanized eight hours later as she came out of the anesthesia after an 3½‐hour operation, struggling and fighting so hard that she destroyed her cast and breaking her elbow in the process. Ruffian is buried near a flag pole in the infield of Belmont Park, with her nose pointed toward the finish line. Her untimely breakdown and death began led to a public outcry for more humane treatment of racehorses and advanced developments in the treatment of horses after surgery.
Arabian Star Stallions - Scottsdale 1987
Over fifty of the finest Arabian Stallions in North America at the time are presented, including some of the best known names and revered stallions referred to today. The voice over seems a bit over the top, but the horses are well worth seeing. An Alexander Productions video, Dennis Alexander, Producer/Director.
A Bit About Bits - Jimmy Williams (5 parts)
Featuring Jimmy Williams, master horseman and legendary trainer . . . his Grand Prix jumper could also work cattle, and he could ride his horses without bridles long before it become fashionable! From the early 1980's .
Australian Riding and Tack Explained (5 parts)
Colin Dangaard, the "go-to" man for Australian Stock saddles in the U.S. uses his knowledge, wit and on-screen charisma to educate horse people about the saddle that was first seen and popularized in the movie, "Man From Snowy River." Raised on a cattle property in the Australian Outback, he grew up with horses. He made his own stock saddle at age 14, and turned his story telling ability as a kid. into a career as a journalist with both the written word and as a television personality. Founder of the Australian Stock Saddle Company and his new company, Colin Dangaard, Inc. Colin is THE expert in his field.
Barrel Racing - Connie Combs (2 parts)
Basic Horsemanship - Mount Up (3 parts cover English and western riding)
These videos featuring Don Burt, a horseman, leader, visionary, and AQHA Past President, are a treasure chest of knowledge. Burt grew up in the river bottoms of Burbank, California, which during the 1930s was a horse-showing capital. Burt, his father and grandfather all made a living raising horses. During World War II, Burt and his friends would ride their horses over the Hollywood Hills to shows. “We would leave our stable at two in the morning,” he said, “ride all the way over the Hollywood Hills, show all day and ride back that night. That’s really wanting to show horses.” When Burt was in high school, he worked at the Marwyck Ranch, which was owned by Barbara Stanwyck and Groucho Marx. He galloped racehorses in the mornings, and worked the show horses in the afternoons. A training injury later in life led him to judging. Burt judged the AQHA World Championship Show seven times, and the AQHYA World Championship Show three times, and was named Judge of the Year for the American Horse Shows Association 10 times. As a judge, he presided over national and world championship shows for many breeds. Burt retired from judging when he was elected to the AQHA Executive Committee in 1992. He was AQHA’s 46th president in 1996. He used to pass his time by writing monthly articles “On The Rail,” which were published in The American Quarter Horse Journal. Burt was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2004 and died in 2012.
The ongoing effort in helping to allay the mistreatment of horses, mules, and donkeys throughout the world and to bring about change and education to those who use equines for work-related purposes, be it agriculture or anything else.
Cadre Noir (8 parts)
The Cadre Noir de Saumur is the French National School of Horsemanship, and heir to a prestigious and historical military past of ancient equestrian culture. Here, the Cadre Noir (named for the rider's black uniforms) performs with a full opera and symphony.
Celebration of the Horse (5 parts)
A wonderful day in Santa Barbara, CA in 1995, as a celebration of the horse was held as a joint event between the US and Great Britain, featuring and highlighting many of the equestrian-oriented events and traditions of the two countries. Attending by royalty as well as one of the original Rolls Royce Silver Clouds flown over from England, it was attended by the horse loving public of southern California as well as numerous Hollywood celebrities, but sadly didn't receive the naitional marketing it well deserved. A fun documentary!
Circus Knie of Switzerland (5 parts)
The circus was founded in 1803 by the Knie family and has existed in its present form since 1919 when it changed from an open arena to a covered tent. It has always been known for its performing horses as well as numerous other animals . The famous Polish Arabian stallion Celebes performed as part of a liberty act with the circus until bought back by the Polish Studs -- where he then established a dynasty of Polish Arabian horses.
A film produced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found in US governmental archives which was produced to educate people on the guidelines to be followed for the humane and ethical treatment of horses bound for slaughter plants. Produced long before slaughter of equines in the US was forbidden
The Great Dan Patch (4 parts)
The feature film on the life and times of the great Standardbred pacer, Dan Patch.
Equitana USA Mane Event 1997 (11 parts)
The entertainment extravaganza at the 1997 USA Equitana show in Louisville, Kentucky includes just about a little bit of everything! For pure "horse" enjoyment, this is a super almost two-hour long show!
Evaluation the Reining Horse - Dale Wilkinson (two parts)
Much of the credit for reining’s success and its modern manifestation has gone to this self-taught horse trainer from Waynesboro, Georgia. Wilkinson is the only person to win both the National Cutting Horse Association and National Reining Horse Association futurities. He won the first NRHA Futurity in 1966 aboard AQHA Champion Pocorochi Bo, a double-bred King gelding, and again in 1975 with Clene Continental, a gelding by Continental King and out of a Bert granddaughter. Wilkinson won the 1972 cutting futurity riding Gun Smoke’s Dream by Mr Gun Smoke. But it was not only winning; it was the way he won. His horses were more fluid and softer, performing with loose reins and flowing maneuvers. They stopped hard, but not as deep as the West Coast horses did in the 1960s. Wilkinson’s method of skating the horse across the top of the ground brought the loudest cheers. In cutting, his horses could get deep and sway ends with the best. He was inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame in 2000 and passed away in 2010. This is a great video from out of the past to learn from one of the greats.