March 22nd Through March 28th
March 23, 1962 - Jacqueline Kennedy received a horse named Sardar from Ayub Khan, Pakistan’s governor. Governor Khan,
a horseman himself, learned of Jackie Kennedy’s love of horses when he first
visited the White House. He gave her Sardar, a gelding, who she nicknamed Black
Jack. Although President John F Kennedy was allergic to horses, his wife and
daughter rode frequently. Jackie even chose Black Jack to be the rider-less
horse for JFK’s funeral.
Information courtesy of http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/jackie-kennedy-receives-...
Photo courtesy of http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=548151&page=2
March 25, 1975 - The Appaloosa was named as Idaho's
State horse. Originally bred in America
by the Nez Perce Indians, many of the Appaloosa’s were confiscated by the Army
in Montana in
1877. The breed was frequently used in rodeos, and people became interested in
them. Claude Thompson, a farmer, established the Appaloosa Horse Club was
established in 1938 in attempt to preserve the breed. Today, there are over
600,000 Appaloosa horses registered with the Appaloosa Horse Club.
Information courtesy of http://www.ultimatehorsesite.com/breedsofhorses/appaloosahorse.html
Photo courtesy of http://www.ncssm.edu/library/dirt/Katie%20Pazur/Home.html
March 27, 2009 - Alysheba, the winner of the 1987 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, was euthanized at the age of 25 after falling in his stall. Alysheba
had a chronic degenerative spinal condition which led to the fall, leaving him
in such pain that a decision was made to euthanize him. Alysheba had spent eight
years living in the stables of His Majesty King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.
He had arrived at Kentucky
the previous fall. Alysheba earned $6,679,242 during his racing career and was
the world’s richest Thoroughbred until Cigar raced. Alysheba was buried in the
Hall of Champions, across from John Henry.
Information and photo courtesy of http://www.equisearch.com/equiwire_news/alysheba_euthanized_032809/