9 Equestrian Paintings from the Victorian Era

“Horses and Buggy” circa 1876, by Henry Collins Bispham (American, 1841–1882). / Source: www.the-athenaeum.org

“Horses and Buggy” circa 1876, by Henry Collins Bispham (American, 1841–1882). / Source: www.the-athenaeum.org

This month I am celebrating a very special occasion.

One year ago, this month, my second novella The Best Man in Brookside released in The California Gold Rush Romance Collection! *unleashes a million balloons*

On this book birthday, I wish to extend my deepest gratitude to those who helped the collection hit the ECPA Bestseller List and to those dear readers who embraced my California-Gold-Rush-story-that-takes-place-in-England. THANK YOU EVER SO! :-)

Since my novella revolves around a carousel and a horse-whisperer, let’s celebrate Brookside’s birthday with 9 Equestrian Paintings from the Victorian Era!

“An accomplished horsewoman rides with elegance, and a good grace, united to a noble boldness, beautiful yet modest.”
~ Excerpt from
“Park Riding: with some remarks on the Art of Horsemanship” by J. Rimell Dunbar, circa 1859.

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The Kentucky Derby: A Two Minute Race through Victorian History

Engraving of 1883 Kentucky Derby winning horse, Leonatus. / Source: Churchill Downs, Inc. & Kinetic Corporation.

Engraving of 1883 Kentucky Derby winning horse, Leonatus. / Source: Churchill Downs, Inc.

I’m a hat lady residing in the south, so obviously the Kentucky Derby is a rather grand affair at my house. Every first Saturday of May, my family arranges an intimate Kentucky Derby Tea around the living room television. Donning pearls and plumed fascinators, we sip Darjeeling and savor scones during the pre-race coverage. The parade of millinery masterpieces evokes oohs and aahs from our lips. And the tales of underdog racehorses and devoted trainers makes us dream of red roses, Triple Crown wins, and the fruition of our own “impossible” endeavors.

Kentucky Derby Inspired Hat. / Source: www.stylemepretty.com Cambria Grace Photography

Kentucky Derby Inspired Hat. / Source: www.stylemepretty.com Cambria Grace Photography

This Derby Day Tea has become a treasured tradition in my family. Just as the “most exciting two minutes in sports” has become a tradition of the old Kentucky home . . . one that can be traced back to the Victorian Era.

To the Starting Gate . . .

The Kentucky Derby was created by a Victorian gentleman with an illustrious name and a familial tie to American history books. This gent was one Col. Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr.—the grandson of William Clark, of the explorer duo Lewis and Clark. Continue reading