Historic Horse Photos ~ New York City

Easter morning, 1900. New York City’s Fifth Avenue
(Courtesy of the National Archives)

New York circa 1900. “A Fifth Avenue stage.”

 New York City circa 1908

Circa 1910 “Fifth Avenue and Forty-Second Street, New York.”
( horses and motorcars)

1917  Horse-drawn and electric trolleys side-by-side on Broadway

Date Unknown
Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives


“The Horse” Featured Exhibit At The American Museum of Natural History



The American Museum of Natural History has announced a major new exhibition, The Horse, opening May 17, 2008 and remaining on view through January 4, 2009.

The Horse will examine the powerful and continuing relationship between horses and humans and explore the origins of the horse family, extending back more than 50 million years.

The exhibition will also examine early interactions between horses and humans that eventually led to horse domestication, and show how horses have, over time, changed warfare, trade, transportation, agriculture, sports, and many other facets of human life.

Museum President Ellen V. Futter states:  “The Horse exhibit will celebrate this magnificent animal while presenting one of the most fascinating stories in the history of life on Earth—the close and complex relationship between horses and humans.

The exhibition will show how the two species have influenced each other through the ages and explore the integral role the horse has played in the history of humanity and civilization.”

Seven life-size fiberglass horses, each over 6½ feet tall, were delivered to the American Museum of Natural History from the Saratoga County Arts Council in upstate New York for display in conjunction with the Museum’s upcoming exhibition .

The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world’s preeminent scientific, educational, and cultural institutions.


Horse Exhibit: Museum of Natural History 

Earlier Post: Saratoga Fiberglass Horses

Happy Holidays To All


Vintage Central Park
New York City


Link:  Classic Christmas Ad ~ Miller Brewery


Horse and Carriage Show Displays Old Time Elegance


Once each year, during the second week in August, the picturesque Pittsford, New York countryside comes alive with the magic and romance of an earlier era – a time when the Horse and Carriage reflected the quality of life and influenced the pace and scope of occupational and social activities.


It was a time when the Horse and Carriage were elevated from a simple means of personal conveyance to a portrait of their owner – a social commentary as to profession, personal taste, and character.



It was a time when the Horse and Carriage were elevated from a simple means of personal conveyance to a portrait of their owner – a social commentary as to profession, personal taste, and character.


It was the last decade of the 19th century.


In an attempt to recapture the essence and spirit of the 1890’s, the Pittsford Carriage Association annually hosts The Walnut Hill Carriage Driving Competition.



This international celebration of the art and sport of traditional driving in held in a 19th century country fair setting on the commodious grounds of Walnut Hill Farm in Pittsford, New York.



This living showcase of Americana presents a unique marriage in modern day equine sport – that of combining the pageantry and beauty of exquisitely turned out equipages with the excitement of demanding competition.



The comprehensive five day schedule of classes offers spectators the opportunity to view a wide variety of 19th century carriages exhibited by over 250 competitors from some 20 states, Canada, and Europe. This year included an exhibitor from Australia!


Walnut Hill Farm

Ezra and “Red” Arrive In New York !


Nearly 15 months on the road …

On June 23, 2007 … with a mounted police escort, Ezra Cooley, and his horse Red, rode into Manhattan to Battery Park, New York and completed their 5,000 mile journey across the United States

 “I rode all the way through the heart of Manhattan to see the Statue of Liberty,” said Cooley.  And in the process, Ezra and Red set a world record for a paint quarter horse. Red is one amazing horse.

This is the completion of the first leg of Ezra’s 27,000 mile journey around the world on horseback. 

Along the way, Cooley is raising money for children’s charities. He has raised $6,000 in donations so far for the National Children’s Cancer Society.


The 26 year old rodeo star and Western re-enactor Ezra Cooley and Chico, Calif., native started the trek, dubbed “Ezra’s Expedition,” in his hometown on April 5, 2006, with dreams of traveling around the world in the next eight years on his horse, Red. 


On his journey across the nation, Cooley has savored the pleasures of slowing down. “When you’re riding at four miles an hour across the United States on a horse, you see how beautiful this country really is,” he said.“I ride what is safe for my horse; that’s how I base my whole trip,” Cooley said


From New York, Ezra plans to board a ship to Spain. There he will continue his journey (on horseback) through Spain and Africa. Finally he’ll undertake Australia, Alaska and British Columbia. From Canada he’ll travel another 1200 miles to return home to Chico, California.He is unconcerned about the language barrier. “I know that a big smile goes a long way around the world,” he said. “Plus, I’ve always been pretty good at charades.”

His only worries are horse diseases and wild animals.

“I put it in God’s hand,” Cooley said. “My motto is God, my horse, my gear and then me.” 

Link:  To follow Ezra and Red on their journey


Sad Farewell To Manhattan Riding Stable After 115 years


ClaremontRidingAcademy, said to be the oldest continuously operated stable in the United States closed its doors last April and faded into the pages of history.

The stable has been a fixture on the upper west side of Manhattan since it opened as a livery stable in 1892, six years before the automobile began to negotiate city streets. It has operated as a riding academy since the 1920s, giving lessons and renting horses for rides in Central Park.


The ClaremontRidingAcademy was a little-known fixture of the Upper West Side. It was a place where anyone could hire a horse and take it for a trot in the middle of the world’s most famous park.

It was where off-duty NYPD officers could ride shoulder-to-shoulder with Wall Street executives.

It was a slice of nature in the middle of the most urban few square miles of the city.

The landmark building was sold to developers and will now be made into condominiums. 

The closing of a half-forgotten riding stables right next to Central Park should have been a cause for city-wide mourning. Instead it merited a few press mentions and then it was gone.


“It’s a unique place and I don’t think there’ll be anything quite like it again, ever,” said Claremont Riding Academy employee, Judithe Martin. 


Trainer Karen Feldgus, who has worked at Claremont for more than 18 years, was giving her last lesson at the stable to a group of 10 people who were riding to music.

Feldgus began to cry as the music began playing. ‘These (horses) are all my best friends. I’ve ridden all of them,’ she said.


Only a few horses remained that final closing week. Many were being retired, others sold to their riders and most will move to the PotomacHorseCenter in Maryland.


Riding instructor Sarah-Jane Casey crosses Central Park West Street for a last ride into Central Park with a horse from the Claremont Riding Academy.


Scores of New Yorkers looked on as a dozen Claremont instructors on horseback made their way out of the building for a final ride through Central Park to mark the end of its 115 years as a stable and riding school. 


Some watching the procession cheered; some wept; some snapped photographs.  One woman called out to the riders: “God bless y’all”.

After 115 continuous years of operation, a piece of New York City history rode off into the sunset.

Only the memories of yesterday now remain.




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The Art of Designing Horses


Terri Garofalo  created “Snapshot” for this year’s “Horses, Saratoga Style” event in Saratoga Springs.


 The Art of Designing Horses ~ Equine-Inspired Creations Line Streets of Saratoga Springs, New York


Taking care of a horse requires money and time. Terri Garofalo of Poughquag knows a horse that doesn’t require feeding or grooming, yet maintains a beautiful coat and never complains. She created it.

“From the time I was a little kid, I gravitated towards horses,” said Garofalo, two-time artist for “Horses, Saratoga Style” in Saratoga Springs. “I have a natural communication with them.”

“Horses, Saratoga Style” began in 2002 with 24 fiberglass horses designed by local artists. The works were displayed along the streets of the resort city north of Albany.

Joel Reed, executive director of the Saratoga County Arts Council, said a project that created fiberglass horses was an “obvious choice” for Saratoga.

For one thing, the city boasts historic Saratoga Race Course, the oldest horse racing facility in the country. 

“Horse breeding and horse racing are a big part of the Hudson Valley,” Reed said. “We’ve been working on the horse display since August. We have 34 horses and 37 artists this year … each horse has a sponsor.

Garofalo was inspired by horses as far back as she can remember.

“It’s hard to say how I began to follow art,” she said. “I was able to draw well because I wanted to draw a horse picture well, which is ironic.

She worked through the most challenging elements of the project to get a final product, aptly titled “Snapshot.”

Garofalo said her childhood contributed to her love for art and horses.

“I grew up on a farm until I was 7,” Garofalo said. “I understood cows and cats, but then I had to go to kindergarten and understand humans.

I’ve always been creative and made my own toys because if I wanted something different, I’d have to make it myself. Creativity for me extends into everything I do.”

Original Story: Poughkeepsie Journal.com

Photo: Robert W. Garofalo

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