[RC] [Guest] Camp & Trail Songs - Ridecamp Guest
Chris Thomson christine_thomson@xxxxxxxxx
Just had to join in here I have always sung:
Stewball was a good horse,
He wore a high head,
the mane on his foretop
Was as fine as silk thread.
I rode him in England,
I rode him in Spain,
And I never did lose, boys,
I always did gain.
So come all you gamblers,
Where ever you are,
And don't bet your money
On that little gray mare.
Most likely she'll stumble,
Most likely she'll fall,
But you never will lose, boys,
On my noble Stewball.
As they were a-ridin'
'Bout halfway around,
That gray mare she stumbled
And fell on the ground.
And away out yonder,
Ahead of them all,
Came a-prancin' and' dancin'
My noble Stewball.
As you can see...there are many ways to fit the song to your horse and
current ride/race! I love to be cantering along, in 2-point and gently sing
into their ear: "Oh, Brigadier is a race horse, He never drank water, he
always drank wine" It is amazing how horses love to hear their own name
being sung to them! I guess since it is a ballad I love to sing it at the
This is from a compilation of songs that Joan Baez put together many years
ago that I made my piano playing sister play and sing to me when I was about
8yrs. Several years ago I begged to borrow the entire music book from her
simply for Stewball! Now I sing and play it to my son!
Here is what the song is based on:
In its original Irish form, this ballad told of a race between a horse named
"Sku-ball" and a mare, "Miss Portly," on the Kildare race track in the early
19th century. In America the song has been most popular in the South where
the winning horse is known variously as "Stewball" or "Kimball." The music
for this version is the work of the Greenbriar Boys.
I am really enjoying hearing about all these songs...we should do a book!
Delta, BC - Canada
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