This book gives an account of the life of this breed, extending from the palaces of the Ottoman Empire to the streets of London and beyond, and featuring a cast of historical figures.
Author: Jeremy James
Publisher: Stackpole Books
Category: Sports & Recreation
Of the three horses that were the ancestors of the modern thoroughbred, the first and greatest was undoubtedly the Byerley Turk. This book gives an account of the life of this breed, extending from the palaces of the Ottoman Empire to the streets of London and beyond, and featuring a cast of historical figures. It begins in 1679 in a remote Balkan village, where a seyis - a penniless groom - finds himself caring for a remarkable young foal. Believing it destined for greatness, and seeing a chance to escape his own humble circumstances, he begins schooling the animal in the disciplines of war. Hewing closely to the historical record, the author goes on to trace the fortunes of the Turk and its new master: In 1682, they arrived in Istanbul, where the horse was selected for the Ottoman Empire's renowned cavalry. Ridden as a battle charger in the Turkish sieges on Vienna and Buda, it was captured, along with its groom, by a party of adventuring British aristocrats and taken back to England in 1686. In London, it was bought by Captain Robert Byerley, who rode the Turk to Ireland to take on the Jacobite forces in several pivotal encounters, including the Battle of the Boyne. Eventually, the Turk was put to stud, initiating what was to become its greatest legacy: first foundation sire of the thoroughbred line.--Publisher's description.
In 1678, a beautiful mahogany bay Karaman colt is foaled in the Balkans. Yet this is no ordinary colt: he is destined to become the magnificent Byerley Turk, the first Foundation Sire of the thoroughbred line.
Author: Jeremy James
Category: Byerley Turk (Horse)
The incredible story of the most remarkable horse in history. In 1678, a beautiful mahogany bay Karaman colt is foaled in the Balkans. Yet this is no ordinary colt: he is destined to become the magnificent Byerley Turk, the first Foundation Sire of the thoroughbred line. In 1683, in diamond-and ruby-studded harness of the glittering Ottoman sipahi, the young horse fights as a charger at the Siege of Vienna. Seized as an exotic prize from the Siege of Buda three years later, he is ridden across Europe to the Royal Barracks of King James II in Hounslow, England, where he is acquired in 1687 by Captain Robert Byerley. In 1690, as a charger in the ranks of King William's army, he faces sabre and cannon at the Battle of the Boyne, but not before romping past the winning post at Downroyal and snatching the King's Plate. The stallion died at the age of 25 in 1703. Until now his story has never been told. Yet on every racecourse in the world today, his bloodline thunders on.
Robert Byerley, who married the grandniece of Lord Wharton, a wellknown horse breeder, put his war prize, the Byerley Turk, at stud at his Goldsborough Hall ...
Author: Virginia C. Johnson
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
Virginia, mother of presidents, is also the mother of American horse racing. From the very beginning, Virginians have risked it all on the track as eagerly as on the battlefield. Follow the bloodlines of three foundation sires of the American Thoroughbred through generations of rollicking races and larger-than-life grandees wagering kingly stakes, sometimes on horses not yet born. How did the horse nicknamed Damn His Eyes get protection money from other horse owners? What did it mean to “tap the claret” to break a neck-and-neck tie? Why was Confederate cavalry so much better than Union—was it the riders, or was it the mounts? All these and many more stories of horsemanship on and off the track fill the pages of Virginia Horse Racing: Triumphs of the Turf.
The Byerley Turk , foaled around 1680 of predominantly Arab blood , was captured from the Turkish army at Buda in 1687 and brought to England by Captain ...
Author: Wray Vamplew
Publisher: Psychology Press
Category: Sports & Recreation
The Encyclopedia of British Horseracing offers an innovative approach to one of Britain's oldest sports. Whilst it considers the traditional themes of gambling and breeding, and contains biographies of both human personalities and equine stars, it also devotes significant space to previously neglected areas. Entries include: social, economic and political forces that have influenced racing; controversial historical and contemporary issues; legal and illegal gambling, and racing finance; the British impact on world horseracing; history and heritage of horseracing; links between horseracing and the arts, media and technology; human and equine biographies; venues associated with racing; and horseracing websites. The Encyclopedia of British Horseracing provides a unique source of information and will be of great interest to sports historians as well as all those whose work or leisure brings them into the world of racing.
Relatively few modern Thoroughbreds can trace their sire line back to the Byerley Turk, however perhaps one of the most significant of his descendants is ...
Author: Helen Goldstein
Publisher: Balboa Press
The Earth Walkers is a story of the relationship of horses, humans, and planet earth. It is a simple story that over time we, as humans, have complicated. Once, all three lived in harmony, but humans viewed this as primitive, savage, or wild. And so we began to make our existence together more civilized. In our interference, we began to lose respect for our planet and all that lived upon it, including ourselves. One of the three, though, remained steadfast throughout the story. Horses, except in their physical appearance, have neither changed nor tried to change anything, just being themselves, constantly at our sides. Tracing the story of the relationship from the beginning of time, the unique bond between humans and horses is explored through different civilizations and cultures up to present day. It tracks the journey of the two species and the effect they had on earth as they walked around it. It also tells the story of how—when in times of disruption, chaos, and imbalance—earth has spoken to us, giving us signs; and horses have always been there, guiding us to a path back home. It is a path to a home on earth where all can live in harmony and at peace—a path that we will hopefully choose to walk together once again.
The horse is named after his owner , a custom that was still quite common much later : compare the Byerley Turk , the Darley Arabian and the Godolphin ...
Author: Catherine Johns
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Chronicles the diverse roles the horse has played in human warfare, travel, ceremony, hunting, racing, and myth and symbolism as viewed in this collection of four-color illustrations of British Museum artworks and artifacts that trace perceptions of the horse through time and space.
The horse known as the Byerley Turk may not have been a spoil, as the early histories relate, of the Siege of Buda (1686), because recent research suggests ...
Author: Nicholas Clee
Publisher: Random House
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Epsom Downs, 3rd May, 1769: a chestnut with a white blaze scorches across the turf towards the finishing post. His four rivals are so far behind him that, in racing terms, they are 'nowhere'. Watching Eclipse is the man who wants to buy him. An adventurer who has made his money through roguery and gambling, Dennis O'Kelly is also the companion of the madam of one of London's most notorious brothels. While O'Kelly is destined to remain an outcast to the racing establishment, his horse will go on to become the undisputed, undefeated champion of his sport. Eclipse's male-line descendants will include Desert Orchid, Arkel and all but three of the Derby winners of the past fifty years. And his astonishing life will be matched only by that of the rogue who owned him.
It could have been just another race between officers but for two things: one of the participants, the Byerley Turk, would be remembered for posterity; ...
Author: Anne Holland
Publisher: The History Press
Category: Sports & Recreation
Do you know what the oldest horse race in Britain is, where the term ‘gee-gee’ comes from, or who is credited with bringing racing to Ascot? Fact-packed but light-hearted in style, this reliable reference book and quirky guide reveals little-known facts, details of classic races, famous riders, racing records, amusing anecdotes and criminal goings-on. A compendium of the fascinating, strange and entertaining, The Little Book of Horse Racing can be dipped into time and time again to reveal something new about this ancient sport.
Colonel Robert Byerley captured the "Byerley Turk" from a Turkish ocer at the battle of Buda in Hungary in 1688. is ne brown arger was the r of three ...
Author: Paul Feist
Publisher: Paul Feist
The history of the Goldsborough Family, it’s contributing family lines, and it’s descendants, from Anglo-Saxon England through the 17th century, are a fascinating study of the history of Eng- land and the associated family lines. This one family has its roots in families who signed the Magna Charta (de Clare, d’Albini), Sir William Marshal, Lord Protector of England and the “Greatest Knight that ever lived”, the Plantagenet Kings of England, the Earls of Warwick, and Rollo the Dane (Hrolf Ganger), First Duke of the Normans. This first volume of the massive six volume work was originally written by Eleanora Goldsborough in the 1920’s and 30’s, and remained un-published until now. The original has been verified and expanded where possible beyond the works of Eleanora Goldsborough. Modern references have been added to supplement the original research. One hundred percent of the original text has been retained, with all notes and expansions clearly noted.
All Thoroughbreds trace their ancestrytothree stallions:the Godolphin Barb, the Darley Arabian and the Byerley Turk. The career of the Byerley Turk ...
Author: Richard Marsh
Publisher: The History Press
Meath, the ‘Royal County’, has a rich heritage of myths and legends which is uniquely captured in this collection of traditional tales from across the county. Here you will find tales of the first occupation of Ireland and the exploits of St Patrick and Colmcille along with stories of witches, hags, ghosts and fairies. As well as the legends of the Hill of Tara, the ancient political capital and enduring spiritual heartland of Ireland. In a vivid journey through Meath’s varied landscape, local storyteller Richard Marsh takes the reader to places where legend and landscape are inseparably linked.
... that the horse called by Sportsmen, the Byerley Turk [. . .] Was in fact, an Arabian. He was Captain Byerley's Charging Horse in Ireland in the time of ...
Author: Peter Edwards
In spite of the importance of horses to Western society until comparatively recent times, scholars have paid very little attention to them. This volume helps to redress the balance, emphasizing their iconic appeal as well as their utilitarian functions.