The Equine History Collective

WSHE Presents The Equine History Collective

The EHC is a professional organization of researchers engaged with questions about equines in the past. Founded in 2016, the EHC has around a hundred members, ranging from art historians to zooarcheologists, with topics from Arabians to Zebras.


Katrin Boniface
University of California, Riverside
Kat Boniface is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Riverside, studying early modern horses and horsemanship. Her dissertation addresses pre-modern definitions of breed and methods of produces horses. She earned her M.A. in medieval history from California State University, Fresno in 2015 and B.A. in History and English from Stony Brook University, in New York, in 2013. Prior to returning to academics, she earned a trade degree in horse training from Meredith Manor International Equestrian Centre, and remains involved in the equine industry. Other research areas include medieval and early modern equine nutrition, changing definitions of “humane” treatment in animal training, and genetic history.

Dr. Kathryn Renton
Occidental College
Kathryn Renton (B.A., Harvard; M.A., Ph.D., UCLA) is a visiting Assistant Professor at Occidental College. Her research recreates the multivalent role of the horse in the Spanish empire drawing on research conducted in archives in Spain, Mexico, and Peru. She teaches courses in the Religious Studies and Cultural Studies Program, including Religion and Iberian Empires; Natural Disasters, Religion, and Science in Early Modern Europe; Race and Species in the Atlantic World; and Food Revolutions. In 2016, she helped to found the Equine History Collective, an organization that supports the study of the horse as a lens for trans-regional and interdisciplinary research.

Dr. Sandra Swart
Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Sandra Swart is a free-ranging primate and the Professor of History at Stellenbosch University. She researches the social and environmental history of southern Africa, with a particular focus on the shifting relationship between humans and animals. She has authored and co-authored over 60 peer-reviewed articles and chapters, and, on horses, has co-authored with Greg Bankoff, Breeds of Empire The Invention of the Horse in Southeast Asia and Southern Africa 1500-1950 (Nias Studies in Asian Topics, 2007) and is the sole author of Riding High – Horses, Humans and History in South Africa (Witwatersrand University Press, 2010).

Kimberley Erickson
Kimberley Erickson graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a BA in History and has worked on the campus since 1988. Currently, she serves as Reading Room Coordinator in the Special Collections and Archives unit. She has a tremendous amount of expertise and knowledge surrounding the units four main collecting areas (W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Library, Pomona Valley Historical Collection, Southern California Wine and Wine Industry Collection, and University Archives) and works with researchers on a regular basis from all over the world. Additionally, she is heavily involved in public programming for both the unit and the University Library as a whole. She was both a horse owner and a show exhibitor in the Southern California horse show scene for many years.

Teresa Rogers
Independent equine history researcher Teresa Rogers is a writer and editor based in Southern California. She has edited several horse books and magazine articles, and her own writing has been featured in Arabian Horse Life magazine. An award-winning broadcast journalist, Teresa blogs about the popularity of horses, horse figurines, and equine art in twentieth century America. She also helps spread the word about the importance of the horse in recent history by moderating nine horse-related groups on Facebook.

Katie Richardson
Katie Richardson is the Head of Special Collections and Archives and a tenured faculty member at Cal Poly Pomona. She has an MLIS from UCLA and a BA in History with a minor in Business Administration from SDSU. She provides leadership in the management of the Special Collections and Archives unit and develops a strategic and systematic approach to acquiring and maintaining historically significant collections that support the university’s mission across its four main collecting areas (W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Library, Pomona Valley Historical Collection, Southern California Wine and Wine Industry Collection, and University Archives). She manages access and reference services, outreach, instruction, exhibitions, digitization projects, preservation related issues, and donor relations for the unit. She oversees four full-time employees and numerous student workers, interns, and volunteers. Richardson has worked extensively with rare book and archival collections in all types of formats. She has more than 10 years of experience in the archival field working in the academic, public, and corporate sectors.

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