POP QUIZ: A SCHOLAR, A GENTLEMAN AND A FINE JUDGE OF HORSE FLESH (answers)

And a bag of our freshest oats goes to Tim B, who scored highest on this week’s quiz. Well done, Tim!

1) What triple crown winner was sired by Fair Play out of Mahubah, on March 29, 1917?
2) While riding your horse, you encounter a tiger trap, a coffin or a trakehner. What should you do?
3) Which figure of fiction rode a horse called Rocinante?
4) Which figure of history rode a horse called Bucephalus?
5) Which royal figure died when, whilst celebrating after a battle, his horse bucked and thrust the pommel of the saddle deep into his abdomen? The resulting internal injuries led to perotinitis and death.
6) What type of horse-related equipment can come in Weymouth, Liverpool or Cambridge varieties?
7) What is the now-standard equivalent of the measurement “hand”, in inches?
8) Where on a horse are the withers?
9) What is the most common number of nail holes in a horeshoe? (I’m informed that it is quite common to not use them all)
10) The Byerley Turk, ridden by Captain Byerley in King William’s Wars in the late 1600s, is the earliest Foundation Sire of what horse breed?

1) MAN O’ WAR
2) JUMP IT (all types of obstacles in cross-country horse jumping)
3) DON QUIXOTE
4) ALEXANDER THE GREAT
5) WILLIAM I (William The Conqueror, William The Bastard, etc)
6) A BIT
7) FOUR
8) THE SHOULDERS (specifically, a slightly raised ridge between the shoulder blades)
9) EIGHT
10) THOROUGHBRED

I only learned recently that “Thoroughbred” is actually a specific breed of horse. I thought it just meant that the horse was of pure breeding stock, regardless of which specific breed it was. But there are actually three Foundation Sires for Thoroughbreds, The Byerley Turk, the Darley Arabian and the Godolphin Arabian, all imported to England from Arabia in the late 1600s or early 1700s, and any horse calling itself a Thoroughbred can trace it’s lineage back to one of those three. Also, any horse calling itself a Thoroughbred can apparently talk, which would be unusual.

Thanks,
QM Bill

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