These photos are something you didn’t know you needed to see until you see them. Now I am not sure how well they can ride but here are 8 celebrities that look great on horseback.
Starting out strong with this one. Here is Zac Efron galloping shirtless in the sea on a horse. I don’t really have much else to add to this…
2. Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga looking like a straight up goddess riding her horse Arabella. Fun fact: Arabella was bought for Lady Gaga by her record label.
3. Taylor Swift
Tay Tay looking awesome in her music video for Blank Space. I think I’d do this if I had a chateau.
4. Chris Pratt
Now, I haven’t met anyone that doesn’t like Chris Pratt. Here he is looking like a cowboy. Although when questioned about his riding ability he claims he rides a horse like a jet ski!
5. Brad Pitt
Continuing with the cowboys, Brad Pitt is looking very comfy here in the saddle during filming for Legends of The Fall.
6. Hugh Jackman
Another cowboy for you. Here is Hugh Jackman looking very much the part for his role in the film Australia. He trained for a year to be able to ride good enough for the movie. He could ride before but knew he would have to improve a lot to feel comfortable herding cattle and cantering around.
7. Cillian Murphy
Possibly the best thing about Peaky Blinders is when Cillian Murphy rides bareback around the streets of Birmingham. He just looks so cool! I’m pretty certain I’m not the only one that thinks this!
8. Kendal Jenner
I think it’s fair to say Kendall Jenner would look good doing anything including horse riding! Oh to be a super model and look good all the time
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So Peaky Blinders series 5 is back. Hooray! I binge watched all of the other series on Netflix last year & am excited about it’s return. It’s a good show but I love it because there is a lot of horses in it and Cillian Murphy rides through the old fashioned streets of Birmingham on horseback. It’s pretty badass!
Here are 10 reasons that you really should check out Peaky Blinders if you love horses. Move over Poldark Thomas Shelby is back!
1. Tommy Shelby riding through the streets of Birmingham. Bareback! It’s just so cool!
2. Sam Neil’s Irish accent. Not horse related but worth a mention. “It’s none of your concern”. I said that a lot. My Irish friends loved me!
3. Thomas Shelby’s race horses. Tommy owning race horses sees the Shelby Family go to numerous race courses around Britain, including Epsom, Worcester & Kempton. So there are even more horses in those episodes!
4. Thomas Selby’s racehorse trainer is a bad ass lady named May. At the time it was very unconventional to have a female race horse trainer, but come to think of it I can’t think of any today. Come on girls let’s get racing!
5. There is now a real racehorse named Thomas Shelby based in Australia. Not sure if they were inspired by Peaky Blinders perhaps?!
6. Tommy named his racehorse Grace’s Secret after his wife Grace.
7. Weird horse care tips. In one of the episodes they said to put goldfish in the horses water to stop them getting worms. Never tried & not planning on testing it out anytime soon.
8.The gypsy carriages are really cool. In series 4 we see the Shelby’s head to a gypsy camp to cremate two people. They are taken by horse & carriage and the carriages used are traditional gypsy carriages.
9. Atkinson Action Horses provided all the horses for Peaky Blinders. They also provide all the horses for Poldark and Elizabeth as well.
10. One more time! Thomas Shelby riding through the streets of Birmingham. Bareback! Even if you don’t fancy him it’s still pretty cool. Look at that horse!
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As we wave goodbye to our favourite characters after the final series I thought I would share some fun facts about the horses from Game of Thrones. I have read some fascinating interviews with Camilla Naprous, The Horse Mistress from Game of Thrones and I thought I would share some facts you probably didn’t know.
1) All the horses were provided and trained by an English company called The Devil’s Horsemen. Run by Brother and sister Daniel and Camilla Naprous and their French father Gerald.
2) The Devil’s Horsemen horses have been in too many films and TV series for me to name but include Wonder Woman, Justice League, Les Miserables & Mission Impossible Rouge Nation. If you see a horse on TV it is probably from The Devil’s Horsemen!
3) Jon Snow can actually ride! Kit Harrington took to riding very well. He learnt to ride for the show and was taught by Camilla. A body double was not needed for his scenes.
4) So can Jamie Lannister! Apparently Nikolaj Coster- Waldau also took to riding very well for the show and when asked who the best riders were Camilla stated Jon Snow and Jamie Lannister!
5) Elle.com stated that the actors often used the same horses. Jon Snow used three different horses during the 8 series Concord, Tornado and Quentin. Jamie Lannister’s normal mount was a grey Andalucian called Dali. The actors apparently became very fond of them and often asked about them.
6) The horses often had to wear make up to appear dirty or injured.
7) The horses also had stunt doubles too. For example Jon Snow’s horse Tornado had his own stunt double!
8) The Battle of the Bastards was the scene that used the most horses. 100 horses were used in that epic battle scene. According to the LA Times, the horse department employed 160 people for that one episode including stunt riders, grooms, lorry drivers and trainers.
9) During the Battle of the Bastards, they shot as much as possible using real horses and actors. The iconic scene where 30 horses are charging towards Jon Snow who is stood on foot was really filmed like that. In an interview with esquire.com the show’s runners have actually since said that they weren’t present that day and would of never let them do that worrying it would be too dangerous for Kit Harrington if they had been there!
10) Jon Snow’s horse Tornado was actually killed off in the Battle of the Bastards but he was used again in the next series as it was decided no one would notice!
11) CGI wasn’t used when the horses fell over. The horses actually did that. They fell onto a mattress and Camilla only allowed them to fall 3 times a day due to the timing and accuracy needed to safely do this stunt.
12) There was a campsite with stables and a riding school to do their training on set.
13) The Dothraki were known as being good horsemen in the show. However to be able to show their weapons and gallop freely. Camilla designed a special rig for the stunt riders so they could stand on top of the horses whilst galloping and swinging around their weapons!
14) The Dothraki horsemen were inspired by Mad Max. Mad Max on horseback if you will!
15) In the earlier series the Dothraki scenes were filmed in Spain, which meant a 3 day lorry ride for the horses used from Buckinghamshire, England.
16) You will be delighted to know that no horses were ever injured, during the filming of all 8 series of Game of Thrones.
Anyone else want to go watch them all over again and look out for all these details?! That’s after I have signed up to stunt rider school obvs.
We are in the year 2019. We live in a modern society where our differences can be celebrated and respected more and more. However when it comes to Equestrianism does anyone feel that our sport is a bit left behind? Don’t get me wrong, the sport is full of strong women competing against men as equals and that is something to be proud of. It’s just that I feel that it is still expected for everyone to think and dress a certain way. Until now…
I have recently discovered someone that everyone needs to know about ( I may be a bit late to the party but hey). The woman with feathers in her hair. The woman who is a professional show jumper but will be wearing yoga pants and a belly top walking the course and looking fricking cool doing it. The woman who Heels Down Magazine called ‘a rebel with a cause’. It’s Danielle Goldstein.
The articles that drew my attention to Danielle were articles focussing on her appearance. Sure, Danielle has a very unique look. Particularly for a show jumper. But her story is about so much more than that…
Danielle was born in America and grew up in a non horsey family in New York City. She only started riding when she was a child because her friend invited her to ride her horse. After that it was fair to say she dedicated herself to riding. Goldstein, decided on her first trip to Israel at age 12 for her Bat Mitzvah, that she wanted to represent Israel and went on a quest to start an Israeli Show Jumping team.
World of Showjumping reported that after moving to Israel for a short period in 2010 and having lots of friends of family there she applied for and successfully obtained Israeli citizenship. Riding for Israel is something Danielle had always wanted to do . Firstly because she felt that she had a deep connection to the country and secondly because she wanted to help a country that she felt did not get much positive attention in the global media.
Based in the Netherlands with her partner Alan Waldman, she actually trains half the year in Holland and half of the year at her yard in Florida. Her website Star Wyns Farm states that Danielle firmly believes that there is much to done in terms in impacting Israeli society through Equestrian sports. Danielle has started ‘The International Equestrian Education Series’ from her base from Florida, with a hope to starting a series in Israel too. As she feels young people can learn all sorts of transferable skills such as responsibility, attention to detail and the importance of hard work through her training to encourage a stronger equestrian culture in Israel.
Danielle’s dream is to be the first female Israeli olympic show jumper. Since gaining her Israeli citizenship it’s going well. Global Champions Tour reported that She lead the first Israeli show jumping team in the European Championships in 2013 and again in 2015 & 2017 and since then has competed in 2 world Equestrian Games in 2014 and 2018. She has had success on the Longines Global Champions Tour with her chestnut mare Lizzymary. Winning the Grand Prix class in Portugal in 2017. Danielle also served as the Chef d’equipe for the gold medal winning team in the Maccabiah Games dubbed ‘The Jewish Olympics’ in 2013.
However Danielle has had her fair share of criticism. Mainly about the way she looks. Noelle Floyd reported that people online accused her feathers of being a safety hazard and a insult to the traditions of showjumping. Danielle took to the internet herself to tackle these cyber bullies and had a strong message ” It’s good to be different – there is no reason we all have to look the same”.
I don’t know about you but I think we could do with more Danielle Goldstein’s in Equestrian sport! She is a fantastic role model and I absolutely love her feathers!
Danielle will be competing for the Scandinavian Vikings in the 2019 Global Champions Show jumping league. For more information head to Global Champions League teams
Ok so my one of my guilty pleasures is reading celebrity gossip magazines. I just love reading about the lives of the rich & famous and if they have horses it’s even better! Here are 10 celebrities you may not know can ride…
1) Madonna. When Madonna was living in the U.K whilst married to Guy Ritchie she took up horse riding. She actually took a nasty fall that made the papers at the time as she fell from a horse she was riding that she didn’t know and reportedly broke 8 bones!
Photo- Coleman Rayner
2) Jamie Foxx. He apparently rode his own horse when he starred in Django Unchained. He reported called Quentin Tarantino and asked for the part and said he can ride and has a horse they can use in the film & they did! The horse’s real name is Cheetah but in the film his name is Tony.
3) Lady Gaga. Lady Gaga was given a horse named Arabella by her record company one Christmas (alright for some eh, I’m yet to receive a horse from my employer). She didn’t know how to ride and it was reported she said she just “grabbed her by the mane and rode her bareback”. She later bought a stallion named Trigger to keep Arabella company and has since bought two miniature ponies. Oh how whimsical!
4) Bella Hadid. When Bella Hadid is not strutting her stuff on the catwalk she is horse riding. She has been riding since she could walk and her mother Yolanda is also a keen horsewoman. Bella has also said that that she rides as a form of stress relief and to relax away from her busy modelling career.
5) Kaley Cuoco. AKA Penny from the Big Bang Theory is an amateur show jumper. She has a whole yard of her own show jumpers and even has some miniature ponies too. Smooshy, her first miniature even has her own Instagram account @lifewithsmooshy! I really enjoy following Kaley’s Instagram account, she seems really nice and seems to be a true animal lover and let’s not forget she has lots of gorgeous horses and dogs and a yard to die for! #lifegoals #iwanttobeyourbestieplease.
6) Johnny Depp. He learnt to ride when he filmed Sleepy Hollow. He had to ride a one eyed horse that he ended up adopting as it was going to be put down after filming. He has since ridden in many other films including ‘Dead Man’, ‘The man who cried’ and ‘Lone Ranger’. In many of his films it is him actually riding and not a stunt man. He actually fell from a cantering horse whilst filming ‘Lone Ranger’ as his saddle slipped. Yikes!
7) Patrick Swayze. I think everyone has fond memories of the now deceased Patrick Swayze from Dirty Dancing. But I bet not many people know that he was a successful Arab horse breeder. Patrick and his wife were described as ‘ horse mad’ and even got their own pilots licences so they could fly back to show their horses more easily when they were away filming.
Photo credit – arabhorse.com
So there you have it. Did you know all these celebrities can ride? Are there any other surprising celeb riders you have heard of? Let me know in the comments if there are.
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After seeing that the Queen is still riding at the age of 92, I thought I would write about her and her horses this week and once I started researching I found out all sorts of interesting things that I feel like I should share with everyone!
1) Queen Elizabeth II has been riding since she was 4 years old, when her father King George VI gave her a Shetland pony named Peggy.
2) Actually if you think about it the Royals are quite a horsey bunch. The Queen Mother was an avid National Hunt Racing fan, Princess Anne and her daughter Zara Phillips both became top event riders and the Princes William and Harry both play polo.
3) All the horses that you see in the royal parades are kept at the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace, “one of the finest working stables in existence.” The Queen names each horse that lives there.
4) The Royal Mews is where they keep all the carriages, coaches and cars used by the Queen. It is also where the palace staff and their families live. However you will only find only 2 types of horse there, Windsor Greys and Cleveland Bays, the Windsor Greys draw the carriages for the Queen and the royal family and are called Windsor Greys because in Victorian times they were kept at Windsor. The Cleveland Bays are used to pick up high commissioners and ambassadors visiting the Queen.
Picture- Horse and Hound
5) The Queen is famous for always riding without a helmet. Not something I would ever recommend by the way. Apparently the staff at Windsor Castle joke that “the only thing that comes between the Queen and her heir is her Hermes scarf”.
6) The Queen owns many racehorses, having initially inherited the breeding and racing stock from her father King George VI.
Picture credit: ITV
7) As of 2013, horses owned by the Queen have won over 1600 races. She has had winners in all of the British Classics except the Epsom Derby.
8) USA Today reported that the Queen has actually made $9.3 million from her race winnings.
9) Monty Roberts AKA The Horse Whisperer has trained the Queens horses since 1989. He has been honoured by the Queen and is a honorary member of the Royal Victorian Order. They have shared a close friendship since he began training her horses. She even named a Corgi after him.
10) The Queen breeds Throughbreds, fell ponies, Shetland ponies and Highland ponies.
Do you know any other facts about the Queen and her horses I haven’t mentioned? Get in touch if you do!
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I remember the day I got my first pony was one of the happiest of my life. But then the sudden realisation hit me. I am completely responsible for this creature and I suddenly felt like I had no idea what I was doing! Don’t worry things fell into place pretty quickly but I learnt a lot of things along the way. Here are my top tips for new owners…
1) Never be afraid to ask for help.
I remember needing a lot of help when I got my first pony. I had just bought Cassie and she was very bad tempered. At first I had trouble with everything, I remember that she wouldn’t even let me pick out her feet at first but gradually after getting some reassurance from my friends and help from my instructors we quickly began to trust each other. I felt silly asking for help for such silly little things but sometimes you just need to.
2) Make sure you have a sense of humour.
You are going to need it! With horses things don’t always go the way you expect. You can plan all you want but something always seems to come up. It could be equipmemt breaking, lameness, bad weather or loosing a shoe, but you know what sometimes you just need to laugh or you might end up crying instead!
3) Find good professionals that suit you and are nice to your horse.
Following on from the last point. When I owned my thoroughbred Stanley he lost his shoes constantly and was never sound when I planned to compete. So for me my farrier had to be someone that I trusted and could rely on as I saw him a lot. I had tried many different farriers before I found the ‘one’. Some weren’t reliable and didn’t turn up when they said they would, which I could not tolerate, another was too aggressive and I didn’t like the way he treated my horse, another was really expensive. It took a while but I found a guy I could trust and he was nice to my horse. As it is so important that you trust the people that help you look after your horse.
4) Have a contingency fund.
You really can’t have enough money when you have a horse! But seriously it is really important to create a realistic budget to stick to and then if you can have some spare money just incase things don’t go to plan. Because as we have already discussed they rarely do.
5) Don’t put too much pressure on yourself.
It takes quite a while for you and your new horse to bond and don’t under estimate that. Don’t put too pressure on yourself or your horse to perform perfectly straight away. Give yourself some time to get to know each other. When I bought Stanley it took him months to settle in at our yard. I wanted to get out and compete on him straight away but as I didn’t know him we struggled to do things I thought should be easy (like calmly canter around a showjumping course). In hindsight it would have been easier for me to take things a bit slower and let him settle in before asking him to compete straight away.
6) Remember all of this is meant to be fun!
Haha! After the meticulous planning, budget making and bonding that you have to do when your new fur baby arrives remember we all do this for fun! Try to relax and enjoy it!