DENTON — For horse and history lovers, David Turner will present a program at 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at Choptank Electric in Denton. The nonprofit Tuckahoe Equestrian Center is sponsoring the program.

Turner will describe the horses’ arrival in America and its role in frontier days when European empires vied for control here. Turner will describe the types of horses that first came to the Eastern Shore, why those types were selected, where they came from, and the people who imported them.

Questions remain about our early horses. Did wild horses run free? Why didn’t Indians in the Chesapeake Bay region use horses the way the warring plains Indians did in the 17th century? Who came first to the mid-Atlantic: slaves or horses, and when?

David Turner is a multi-disciplined horseman. Turner began riding roping and reining horses in junior rodeo. From the 1960s to the 1980s, Turner showed smooth-gaited horses across Texas. In 1998 Turner participated in the National Champion Carriage Pleasure Driving competition, winning the Devon and Middleburg marathons. Turner has competed horses in dressage breed classes, chaired a committee for a national breed association, and is a longtime member of the Maryland Horse Council.

Turner now resides in Chestertown where he founded the Chestertown Horsemen’s Association. For more information, call 410-820-6002 or email

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