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Groveport in Franklin County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

John Rarey and “Cruiser”

 
 
John Rarey and "Cruiser" Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 14, 2008
1. John Rarey and "Cruiser" Marker
Inscription. John S. Rarey (1827-1866), born in Groveport, became internationally famous for his revolutionary horse-taming methods based on his strong belief in kindness to animals. The principles of his training system were kindness, patience, and firmness. One of his greater challenges was Cruiser (1852-1875), the wild-tempered stallion owned by Guy Carlton, Earl of Dorchester. After only three hours, Rarey tamed the dark bay horse and was promptly given the animal as a reward by the amazed Englishman. Cruiser was subsequently stabled in Groveport and remains a local legend to this day. Although Rarey carefully specified for the care of Cruiser in his will, the horse, lacking the special touch of his trainer, reverted to his untamed ways.
 
Erected 1995 by Village of Groveport and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 19-25.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 39° 51.212′ N, 82° 52.921′ W. Marker is in Groveport, Ohio, in Franklin County. Marker is on Main Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in front of school. Marker is in this post office area: Groveport OH 43125, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
John Rarey and "Cruiser" Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 14, 2008
2. John Rarey and "Cruiser" Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Historic Groveport (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ohio and Erie Canal in Groveport / Scioto Valley Interurban (approx. 0.2 miles away); Groveport World War II Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Groveport United Methodist Church (approx. mile away); Groveport Log House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Groveport Veterans' Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Ohio Military Hall of Fame Monument (approx. half a mile away); 1st Squadron 9th Cavalry Memorial (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Groveport.
 
Additional keywords. Horses.
 
Categories. AnimalsCemeteries & Burial SitesSports
 
John Rarey Grave Marker in Groveport Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 14, 2008
3. John Rarey Grave Marker in Groveport Cemetery
John Rarey Grave Marker in Groveport Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 14, 2008
4. John Rarey Grave Marker in Groveport Cemetery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 15, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,271 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 15, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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