The Hawaiian Horse

When:
June 14, 2016 @ 5:00 am – 6:30 am
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Where:
Lyman Museum
276 Haili St
Hilo, HI 96720
USA
Cost:
Free to Lyman Museum members; $3 nonmembers.
 photo of horse

Photo courtesy of Drs. Bergin

June 13, 2016, 7:00-8:30 p.m.  The Hawaiian Horse. 

There is likely no single person in Hawai‘i who knows more about the health, history, and uses of horses than Parker Ranch’s long-standing (not to say –crouching and –kneeling) veterinarian, Dr. Billy Bergin.  His noteworthy medical career has been capped by an equally impressive calling, that of historian and author (see his substantive Loyal to the Land series, with a forthcoming Volume IV!).  So we equine lovers were absolutely delighted to learn that Dr. Billy and his son, Dr. Brady Bergin, have co-authored The Hawaiian Horse, to be published by UH Press in early 2017—and that they would be kind enough to give us a preview.  Beginning with the evolution of the horse and donkey, and the hybrid crossing that produces a mule, Drs. Bergin and Bergin take us from the introduction of Equus species to Hawai‘i in 1803 through their present-day roles in our Islands, chronicling a wide range of functions from draft animal, plantation/ranch stock, and government, sports, cavalry, and pleasure uses.

Whether you already know a lot or just a little about equines in Hawai‘i, you’re sure to learn more this evening from these two experts, who would no doubt agree with the old saying, “The history of mankind is carried on the back of a horse.”

Free to Lyman Museum members; $3 nonmembers.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for evening public programs.  Limited seating; first come, first seated.   Additional parking next door at Hilo Union School. (Click here to see map of additional parking)

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