Upcoming Elections

As discussed at the 2019 annual meeting, stay tuned for our upcoming elections for president, secretary, and treasurer in the second half of December, and for the launch of EHC formalized membership in early 2020. Nominations for the elected positions are due Dec. 1, with the deadline to accept and send in a short campaign statement Dec. 15. The formal responsibilities of the officers are as follows: 


  • Runs officer meetings and annual meeting
  • Appoints committee chairs and board liaisons to each sub-committee
  • Represents/speaks on behalf of the Collective


  • Maintains handbook
  • Maintains/organizes reports
  • Summarizes board meetings and action items.
  • Gives notice of meetings 


  • Maintains account records
  • Prepares financial statements
  • Deposits and disburses money

The newly elected officers will serve a two-year term, and will be advised in their first year by the previous officers acting as Past President, Past Treasurer, and Past Secretary. After completion of their term, the officers elected in 2019 will likewise serve for a year as Past President, Past Treasurer, or Past Secretary. Nominations and questions can be sent to equinehistory@gmail.com

And also stay tuned for the EHC’s formalized membership launch in early 2020!

EHC 2019 Annual Meeting

The EHC’s annual meeting will be held Thursday, November 14, 3:15pm–4:45pm in the Grand Reading Room of the University Library at Cal Poly Pomona as part of the 2019 Equine History Conference. Items to be discussed include:

  • 2019 in review
  • 2020 goals, including the conference at SUNY-Old Westbury
  • Our new formalized membership plan
  • Upcoming elections for president, secretary, and treasurer

Ideas and visions of the future of EHC are invited and welcome, along with nominations for the officer positions.

Curious about last year’s meeting? Visit https://equinehistory.wordpress.com/2018/12/31/equine-history-collective-annual-meeting-2018/ for the discussion digest.

Katie Richardson Joins the EHC Board

Katie Richardson has joined the EHC Board of Directors!

     Katie Richardson is the Head of Special Collections and Archives at Cal Poly Pomona. She was appointed to her current position at Cal Poly Pomona in August 2015. As the Head, she provides leadership in the management of the unit and develops a strategic and systematic approach to acquiring and maintaining historically significant collections that support the university’s mission (W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Library, Pomona Valley Historical Collection, Southern California Wine and Wine Industry Collection, and University Archives). She manages access and reference services, outreach, instruction, exhibitions, digitization projects, preservation related issues, and donor relations for the unit. She oversees five full-time employees and numerous student workers, interns, and volunteers. Katie has worked extensively with rare book and archival collections in all types of formats. She has more than 10 years of experience in the archival field working in the academic, public, and corporate sectors. Currently, she is serving as Project Director on the 18-month NHPRC archival projects grant, “As California Goes, So Goes the Nation: Immigration, Agriculture, Public Policy, and Pop Culture throughout the 20th Century” which will conclude on March 31, 2019. In addition to her time at Cal Poly Pomona, she has also worked at Pepperdine University, the University of Southern California, and the Huntington Library. Katie has an MLIS from UCLA and a BA in History with a minor in Business Administration from SDSU. She is thrilled to be a member of the board!

Katie was instrumental in making Equine History 2018 a success, and we are glad to welcome her to the team!

Tonight: Watch and Discuss Equus!

Tonight, January 16th, and next Wednesday, January 23rd, PBS will be airing the two-part documentary Equus: Story of the Horse at 8 p.m. (check local listings). For more information, and to see the preview, visit http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/equus-story-of-the-horse-about/16877/. From their website:

“Join anthropologist Dr. Niobe Thompson and equine experts on a two-part adventure around the world and throughout time to discover the origins of the horse. In a stunning 3D reconstruction, see the earliest member of the horse family rise from a fossil bed and begin a transformation into the magnificent animal we know today. Discover why horses have 360-degree vision and gallop on a single toe. Explore the science of speed with renowned racehorse trainers. Uncover the emotional intelligence of horses and their deep connection with humans. Encounter extraordinary horse breeds from Saudi Arabia to Kentucky to Siberia, and meet the horses of Sable Island that are truly returning to the wild ways of their ancestors. Filmed over 18 months across 3 continents, featuring drone and helicopter-mounted RED aerials, extensive Phantom slow-motion footage, and a live-recorded symphonic score.”

We invite you all to discuss your thoughts, questions, and reflections on the show with the EHC community using #EHCEquus on Twitter (we also suggest tagging #PBSNature), and, for members, in the EHC Facebook group. We look forward to hearing from you!

Equine History Collective Annual Meeting 2018

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Annual Meeting Report
December 2, 2018
W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center, Kellogg Room  

Officers Attending:
Katrin Boniface, President
Janice Gunther Martin, Secretary
Kathryn Renton, Treasurer

Meeting called to order at 9:13 am.

President’s Welcome and Report:
    Katrin Boniface presented and explained the goals and vision of the Equine History Collective: to make horses legible to other historians, bring people together to share research both in person and through our website and other social media, and to provide a point of contact for interdisciplinary collaboration. She noted that the EHC would not be possible without the scholarship and collaboration that have gone before. She then presented membership statistics: as of the meeting, the organization had over 90 members, with 16 countries represented, and many disciplines. The Facebook group, open to anyone who works in equine history, had 84 members. There is an active Twitter account, with 609 followers, used for research sharing, calls for papers, and as the EHC’s main way to reach people who are not equine history researchers. The Instagram account has 88 followers, and she welcomed volunteers to take over running the Instagram account. There are 144 subscribers to the website, greater than the number of members. The main features of the website are Member Mondays (profiling members), Source Saturdays, and Shelfie Sundays for book reviews. She welcomed submissions for any of these features to the website. The website also posts calls for papers, reviews exhibits and archives, and lists members. The conference resulted in a sharp increase in visits to the website in the month of November.

    She added that we would like to sponsor talks and lecture series. As part of a W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Library lecture series aimed at undergraduates, she will be giving a talk based on their collections in the spring. Talks like these support the public-facing mission of the EHC.

Treasurer’s Report:
    Kathryn Renton presented on accomplishments of the Equine History Collective in the past year, funding sources, and needs going forward. She welcomed suggestions and ideas about organizations to whom the EHC should reach out. Kathryn had initially visited the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center, met its director, Jéanne Brooks, and considered having the conference in its Kellogg Room. Then the conference grew too big. The University Library at CalPoly Pomona provided space and logistical support, with special help from Katie Richardson in Special Collections– home of the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Library, which we toured on Saturday. The Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture & W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center supported the conference, and arranged the tour of the Horse Center following this meeting. The EHC also received grant funding from the Western History Association and research institutes at UCLA with which Kathryn had been affiliated. Equine-related corporate sponsors provided in-kind donations for the silent auction, like the SmartPak gift cards. The EHC has put together applications for large grants, and has been in contact with the American Historical Association and Agricultural History Association about building relationships, and we are open to other suggestions. Janice Gunther Martin organized the book table, and received a great response from publishers. The EHC set an ambitious fundraising goal in order to pay for travel costs for all speakers, and though we did not meet this goal, we were able to provide free registration. We have some money left over to cover travel costs for applicants, and will send out reimbursement paperwork. We started selling t-shirts in an inventory-free system, which we would like to promote. We opened a bank account at a credit union once we incorporated.

    She reported that in the future we would like to fund an annual conference, run an open-access journal, sponsor panels at other conferences, and assist equine history research through research stipends. We are hoping to get industry or corporate sponsors for panels or side events, and suggestions are welcome for potential organizations.  We would also like to update the WordPress account with additional capabilities, and use professional management systems to organize e-mail and social media.

    In terms of capacity, she explained that right now the EHC is run by three people. We need to clarify membership structure going forward, which will have financial implications, and are interested in feedback about the types of items and features that people would be interested in paying for. We would also like to write staff compensation into large grant proposals. Feedback on any of these ideas is welcome.

Secretary’s Report:
    Janice Gunther Martin provided background on the beginning of the organization. Kathryn, Kat, and Janice met over e-mail in May of 2016. After meeting other equine historians at Leeds, Kat created a website listing people interested in equine history and resources. We began discussing the idea of having a conference even back in May of 2016. Though the three of us had discussed other potential venues for the conference, Kat and Kathryn visited Cal Poly October 20, 2017 and the three decided to hold the conference there. Kat built the blog, we sent out the CFP, and had our first face-to-face meeting over Google Hangouts in January of 2018 to discuss the bylaws. The three met together in person for the first time March 16, 2018, and at this meeting Kat was officially voted the CEO, Kathryn the CFO, and Janice the secretary. The EHC gained official 501(c)(3) status in September, allowing us to open the bank account.

    Going forward, Janice noted that we would like a more professional logo and seal. She said that the EHC would welcome suggestions of graphic designers, or a volunteer with graphic design experience. She also said that we will need legal counsel going forward. Though the bylaws have been approved, the organization has grown enough so that we need outside assistance, especially for taxes and finances, and for the possibility of international events in the future.

Questions and Discussion

The floor was opened for general discussion. Full minutes will be e-mailed to members in the new year. Topics included:

  • Dates and locations of future conferences. The W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Library will once again host the 2019 conference, tentatively the week of November 11.

  • Potential ways to expand partnerships with academics, the equine industry, and the general public.

  • An EHC-sponsored panel for Living with Horses was proposed. It was since been submitted, and accepted.

  • Nominations for President, Treasurer, and Secretary to serve 20202022 were opened. Nominations will close and a vote will be taken at Equine History 2019.

Meeting adjourned at 10:48 am.


Colleen Brady
Julia Crisler
Kristen Guest
Abbie Harlow
Masato Hasegawa
Kit Heintzman
Hylke Hettema
Philip Homan
Eloise Kane
Elise Lofgren
Alexandra Lotz
Monica Mattfeld
Erika Munkwitz
Richard Nash
Monica Rose Reilly Counihan
Amber Roberts Graham
Teresa Rogers
Tobi Lopez Taylor


Rare books at NSLM

    The introduction of The Culture of the Horse: Status, Discipline, and Identity in the Early Modern World explains that “the editors…aim to reintroduce scholars to ‘the significance of the horse in the early modern period’ and thereby to fill a void in the current state of scholarship.” This void extends to equine historical scholarship of other time periods. In addition, there has often been an assumption that “a horse is a horse,” with little change in the animal itself since domestication. There has been a recent, long overdue, surge in equestrian historical scholarship for many time periods and many disciplines. We seek to bring together the scattered researchers of the world, to make the sharing of knowledge easier. Equine historians, by necessity, are often ‘radically interdisciplinary,’ and all disciplines are very welcome.

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