The theme for WSECS 2018, to be held Feb. 16 & 17, 2018 in Las Vegas, is Conversing among the Ruins: the Persistence of the Baroque.
In modern parlance, baroque breeds are those that are heavier than the typical warmblood, but without being draft-like. The Iberian breeds and the Friesian are easily recognized as "baroque," despite the former predating that period and the later being comparatively young in its current form. The Knabstrupper has a "baroque" registration category, despite having a well documented 1812 foundation date. Tack and riding styles likewise have forms described as "baroque," despite often being only tangentially related to that time period.
I am looking for additional presenters for a panel on Baroque Horses and Horsemanship; either the baroque period itself, being the seventeenth and early eighteen centuries, or the remembrance of it in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. This period encompasses many notable equestrian works, including Newcastle (1658), with his fondness for Iberian horses, through Baucher (1842). Other animal history topics may be considered, but preference will be given to equine papers.
E-mail paper proposals to KatrinBoniface@gmail.com by Sept. 29.
UC Riverside, History