Call for Participation | The Equine History Conference | November 30–Dec 2, 2018

Organized by the Equine History Collective, the W. K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Library and the Kellogg Arabian Horse Center at Cal Poly Pomona

The Equine History Collective (EHC) invites you to attend its first annual conference, to take place Nov. 30 – Dec. 2 at Cal Poly Pomona, in partnership with the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Library. The theme of the conference is “Why Equine History Matters,” meant to show the relevance of equine history for historical studies. The conference will conclude with a visit to the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center’s Sunday Show. Information on public registration will be available later this summer. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

The EHC’s purpose is to foster equine history research and its dissemination and to promote collaboration between equine historians in all disciplines. This includes, but is not limited to, scholars in other disciplines other than history, like agriculture, archaeology, art history, and literature, and researchers in non-academic settings, such as public historians and independent scholars.

Visit the Equine History Collective website.

Speakers for Equine History 2018

Keynote: Richard Nash

Labor and Transport

  • Fabienne Meiers, “Counting [on] Gaited Horses. Late Medieval Urban Account Books as Source for Equine History”
  • Masato Hasegawa, “The Equine Body and Human Labor in the Military Logistics of Early Seventeenth-Century China”
  • Ann N. Greene, “The Nature of Sal: Mules and Environments on the Erie Canal”

Movement, Mobility, War:

  • Julia F. Crisler, “The Symbolic Equine in the Early Medieval Gallic-Germanic Borderland”
  • Philip A. Homan, “‘This Flotsam and Jetsam of Human Passions and Strife’: American Horses and Mules for the Anglo-Boer War in South Africa, 1899-1902—An Equine Middle Passage of the Transatlantic Horse Trade”
  • Andra Kowalczyk Martens, “Lotnik, a Polish Arabian Horse: Prize of War or Lost Treasure?”

Images and Representations:

  • Lonneke Delpeut, “The image of the horse in ancient Egypt: a source of information and a piece of art”
  • Amber Roberts Graham, “No Flatterer: Brutally Honest Horses in Seventeenth-Century England”
  • Teresa Rogers, “Ceramic Artistry, Equine History: The Unknown Story of Artist Maureen Love and the Kellogg Ranch”

Value and Hierarchy:

  • Monica Mattfeld, Kristen Guest: “Breed, Purity, Race, and Class: Modernity’s Interconnections Between Horse and Human”
  • Kit Heintzman, “Whose Horses Matter?”
  • Abbie Harlow, “Rather Risk His Life in a Carriage Than Suffer on A Mule’s Back: The Use of Burros and Mules in Defining Race”

Gender and Hierarchy:

  • Erica Munkwitz, “‘Four Things Greater Than All Things Are:’ Women, Horses and Power in History”
  • Holly Kruse, “‘The World Upside Down,’ and Then Not: The Social History of Racetrack Space”
  • Gwenyth Talley, “The Dark Horses of the Moroccan Tbourida: The Rise of Women in Equestrian Tradition”

Western History:

  • Tobi Lopez Taylor, “From Mayor Manning to Mister Ed: Early Arabian Horse Breeders in Arizona, 1920s-1940s”
  • Jennifer Marie Smith, “Reproducing Subjects: US Imperialism and Horse Breeding on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, 1935-1952”
  • Marva Felchlin, “Where Equine History Matters: The Library and Archives of the Autry Museum of the American West”

Breeding and Management:

  • Chelsea Shields-Más, “If Wishes Were Horses: Building a Picture of Late Anglo-Saxon Equine Management and Care”
  • Hylke Hettema, “The modern Arabian horse and memories from Medieval literature”
  • Eloise Kane, “‘Jobb horses’, Piebalds, and a horse called Chance: Horses on an 18th-century estate”


  • Jeannette Vaught, “Quarter Horses, Cloning, and the Moral Definition of a Breed Standard”
  • Chris Goodlett, “‘Take the Limits Off’: The D. Wayne Lukas Collection at the Kentucky Derby Museum”
  • Brian Tyrell, “Future Perfect: The Thoroughbred in the Post-Genomic Era”
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