#EqHist2019 Sponsors: W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center

The W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center, a historic site and breeding program on campus, is a returning sponsor of the Equine History Conference. Don’t miss Friday’s “Unconference” 8:30-9:00a.m. for a chance to learn more about the Kellogg Arabians, the Pomona Quartermaster’s Depot, equine movie stars, and the many other roles the program and its horses have held over the past century.

In the “Unconference” session, join us over breakfast to informally discuss your latest projects, get feedback from your peers, and meet legendary author Mary Jane Parkinson. Mary Jane Parkinson, longtime co-editor of Arabian Horse World and author of The Romance of the Kellogg Ranch: A Celebration of the Kellogg/Cal Poly Pomona Arabian Horse, 1925-2000 among numerous other publications, will be on-hand to sign copies of her books and to talk with conference attendees about her experiences in the horse industry. Copies of The Romance of the Kellogg Ranch will be available for purchase and proceeds will go to support the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center.

Kladruby nad Labem: Habsburg Stud now a UNESCO World Heritage Site

By Alexandra Lotz

September 27, 2019

As of July 2019, the Czech National Stud has achieved recognition denied to many cultural or natural heritage sites despite outstanding beauty, historic significance, and enormous effort during a long nomination process. The stud, founded by the Habsburg Empire in order to breed and train noble carriage horses for the court, is now listed as UNESCO World Heritage.

Undoubtedly, Rudolf II did not foretell the future fame of the courtly stud he founded in 1579 in the Bohemian village Kladrub on the Elbe. For elaborate Hapsburg court ceremonies, he aimed to breed noble and powerful carriage horses with the strength necessary to pull heavy gala vehicles in style and with exalted movements. For this honorable task, only stallions were considered and they were supposed to have excellent manners.

Mares and foals in front of the stud chapel and palace

These horses represented a type of horse that was fashionable at the time. Steep shoulders, high necks and roman noses are still trademarks of the Kladrubers. They have been bred for walking, since in important ceremonies the carriage passengers were driven up to eight-in-hand according to their rank. The horses used to be accompanied by grooms on foot through the crowds of spectators and had to remain calm. Furthermore, it was essential that the audience had enough time to see the passengers in the passing carriages. Today, horses bred at Kladruby can be found in the Royal Mews for Denmark and Sweden. They prove their ability not only to walk in an elaborate manner, but also to perform successfully in fast-paced modern driving competitions around the globe.

Stud premises of outstanding universal value

The spacious stud landscape—with its long tree lined avenues and its chessboardlike arrangement of pastures and woods used for the hunting pleasure of the court society— still provides conditions for horse breeding and training. The disasters of the 20th century, the end of the Habsburg monarchy, the first Czechoslovak Republic, and 40 years behind the Iron Curtain left their marks, but those circumstances could not destroy the dignity and the beauty of Kladruby. During the past years the stud premises underwent intensive renovation and today the dignified buildings appear in old brilliance.

In addition to the French Art of Riding as it is still practiced at Saumur, and the Spanish Riding School of Vienna in connection with the Austrian State Stud Piber, the Czech National Stud Kladruby nad Labem is the third equine institution that can be found on the list of intangible heritage. UNESCO has declared it a heritage for all mankind. Let’s hope that that the implementation of the World Heritage spirit succeeds and that the UNESCO title brings positive effects not only for Kladruby, but also for other significant sites that bear witness to the unique connection between horses and humans in history.

For further inquiries about Kladruby nad Labem, equestrian heritage or excursions to places of interest in Europe you are welcome to contact Alexandra Lotz (www.horses-and-heritage.net). Her article “Beauty in harness: the imperial coach horses of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, their decline and their renaissance” will soon appear in World on Wheels (Magazine of the American Carriage Association).

Kladruber stallion in gala harness


“Seven more cultural sites added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List” UNESCO World Heritage Convention, July 6, 2019. url: https://whc.unesco.org/en/news/2004/

“Landscape for Breeding and Training of Ceremonial Carriage Horses at Kladruby nad Labem” UNESCO World Heritage Convention, url: https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1589/documents/

Post-Doctoral Researcher – “Moving Animals: A History” (Maastricht University)

From Jobs UK: https://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BRQ347/post-doctoral-researcher-moving-animals-a-history

This is an exciting opportunity to join a research team working on the history of human-animal interactions in the twentieth century.

We are looking for candidates who have a completed PhD in History, or another field relevant to the project, such as Political Ecology, Human-Animal Studies, Science and Technology Studies or Geography.

Maastricht University Faculty of Arts and Sciences

The deadline for submitting your application is: 7 May 2019

Interested candidates are invited to submit:
1. A letter of motivation summarising relevant experience and reasons for interest in the position
2. A CV including a complete list of publications
3. A grade transcript of previous education at Master/graduate level
4. PhD degree certificate
5. Their best article or book chapter, preferably single-authored

Follow Equine History on Academia.edu!

One mission of the Equine History Collective is to establish a common historiography for equine history as a recognizable field of research. To this end, we have established an Academia.edu page for the Equine History Collective in order to generate a feed of articles and publications, and connect researchers with overlapping interests through the tag features. Follow us there!


Research Tags include: 

Animals in Literature; Animal Studies; Domestication; Equine; Equine Science; Equestrian Sports; Equestrian Nomads; Horses; Horse culture; Medieval History; Veterinary History; Zooarchaeology

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