Old-fashioned Names for Old-fashioned Horses

© Janet Lane & Angela Tiede. Image: Adolphus Holden and the pony Nancy, taken in 1890. Australian Performing Arts Collection website.

Amazing equine characters from our early history, these names should live on in our hearts and minds. The stories of Tommy and Topsy are detailed in the attached story, made available as a pdf to print if desired. Gelding Tommy and mares Bess and Topsy from Todd River Downs carry the name forward to today.

Pony Nancy who is in the feature image for this post and circus pony Commodore (featured here) had a lifestyle in common, check out this post if wanting to see a bit more about Nancy.

We received an email (December 2023) letting us know about Topsy’s retirement: Topsy retired to the farm of Carl Perry at Repton NSW. Topsy enjoyed the views of the Belinger River from Perry’s Hill in her retirement. Carl Perry was a known breeder of Shetland Ponies.

Hooray for trick pony Topsy! And hooray for the internet that facilitated this exchange of information about her, thank you again Tanya Perry.

Posted by Enoch Waler

Waler gelding purpose bred to help educate and advocate for Walers, in person and via Facebook and Instagram.