‘400 Years of Horse Power: The Engine That Built New York City’ Webinar
Taxis, subways, pigeons…while these are words commonly associated with New York City today, the first thing to come to mind before the early 1900s would have most likely been horses, horses, and more horses — that’s because up until the turn of the 20th century, there were over 100,000 of them living on the island of Manhattan alone. This is the incredible story of the majestic animal that pulled New York City, on all fours, from a small Dutch company town into one of the great cities in the world.
Join New York Adventure Club as we explore 400 years of horses in New York City, and the direct role they played in creating the metropolis we know and love today.
Led by Christina Hansen — horsewoman, historian, and carriage driver in Central Park — our unique look at New York City and its equestrian citizens will include:
- How horses have served in New York City throughout its history, from work horses, to police horses, to status symbols in high society
- The importance of horses in the fight for women’s suffrage a century ago
- Why the city came to a standstill in October 1872 because of the “Canadian Horse Plague”
- Where to find remnants of equine infrastructure, including stables, drives, and roadways
- A discussion around New York’s most famous horses — the carriage horses of Central Park — from their role in Frederick Law Olmsted’s original plans for Central Park, to day-to-day routine, to entanglements with politics past and present
Afterward, we’ll have a Q&A with Christina — any and all questions about horses in NYC are welcomed and encouraged!
Can’t make it live? Don’t worry, you’ll have access to the full replay for one week!
See you there, virtually! $10.
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Christina Hansen is a longtime carriage driver and working horse advocate. Originally from Lexington, Kentucky (“Horse Capital of the World”) and formally trained as a historian, she brings a unique perspective to New York’s equine history, as someone who has both studied it and made it. (You’ve probably seen her on TV as a spokesperson for the NYC carriage industry, or in the documentary “The Last Horsemen of New York.”)
“The vast extent of information about the important role that horses played in the history and establishment of services in my city. I live near the old Claremont Stables, and it was great to learn how they fit into the history. Fascinating. Was a great presentation. Didn’t mind that it got so long, because it was all enlightening. Thank you.” -Ardbon
“Enthusiasm, history mashup from canals to feminist cavalry. And….I love the background of the Hoboken Ferry. Well worth the more than 90 minutes.” -Judith
“Her topics were very interesting, informative, and wide ranging (more than one could have expected). There were so much material that she could easily give another talk for in-depth look on specific sub topics.” -Fu Li
“The content of Christina’s talk was original and entertaining, and she persuaded me that the carriage horse business in NYC isn’t harmful to horses. Wonderful content throughout and she was very likable.” -Debbie
“I LOVED how she incorporated the history of the carriage horses with today’s date and the suffragettes!!! It was FANTASTIC!!!” -Shaun
“Good to see a presentation about horses with their history and their ongoing relevance today and tomorrow. Thank you for presenting this topic.” -Clarke
“Terrific topic and excellent speaker! She should write a book on the subject.” -KBuy tickets/get more info now