“My Little Pony” Is Mother-Daughter Fun

My Little Pony: The Movie

Going to the barn can be the ultimate bonding experience for mother and daughter. Between the highs of learning new skills  — be it a 20-meter circle or enduring confidence — and the challenges of hard work (and cantankerous  ponies), it’s a unique experience that’s sure to strengthen any mother-daughter duo’s relationship. If that’s out of the cards, the second best thing is catching a horse-related flick at your local movie theater. Lucky for you, My Little Pony: The Movie is coming to the big screen this October.

Inspiring for Girls

My Little Pony follows Twilight Sparkle and her friends, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, Rarity and Spike. The herd — known as the “Mane 6” — embark on a journey far from home to stop a threat to the land of Equestria. Along the way, they meet new friends and overcome challenges. It’s an inspiring story for any little girl, horse loving or not!

Fun for Mom

And there’s fun for mom, too. In addition to the regular cast that voiced the series, the film reportedly features a great roster of actors including Emily Blunt, Kristin Chenoweth, Liev Schreiber, Michael Peña, Sia, Taye Diggs, Uzo Aduba and Zoe Saldana. See if you can recognize A-listers like Emily Blunt (The Girl on the Train) or Zoe Saldana (Guardians of the Galaxy) without seeing their faces!

My Little Pony: The Movie

Notably, “Chandelier” chanteuse Sia will play the voice of Songbird Serenade, a famous pegasus pop star. The character itself is modeled after the pop star’s persona and famously face-covering wigs. Meanwhile the villain, the ominously-named Storm King, will be played by Live Schreiber. Emily Blunt takes on the role of the Storm King’s second-in-command, Tempest Shadow.

Check out the trailer here. There’s nothing like horses to bring together mother and daughter!

5 Equestrian Fashion Trends That Have Crossed Over to the Mainstream

Equestrian-inspired fashion

There is perhaps no sport that has embedded itself in fashion more than riding wear. From Kate Middleton to Blake Lively, equestrian fashion has inspired many fashionista. It’s not uncommon to see celebrities sporting equestrian-inspired ensembles, whether they’re taking a cue from British history or merely appreciating the comfort of stretchy riding pants. In any case, certain accessories have become widely adopted by fashionistas (riders or not). These five equestrian staples have crossed from the show ring over to the runway, becoming mainstays in the world of the fashion forward.

Breeches

Taylor Swift wearing riding pants

Everyone from Taylor Swift to Giuliana Rancic has been spotted sporting riding-style pants. And why not? They’re comfy, they’re sleek, and they’re on trend. So take a cue from Taylor and transition your breeches into your non-equestrian life, too.

Riding Coat

This one should not be much of a surprise. Like a classic blazer, a good riding coat instantly brings a touch of sophistication to any outfit. Buttoned or unbuttoned, it can add structure to an otherwise loose ensemble. It’s easy to see why the riding coat is worn by everyone.

Riding Boots

Perhaps the most widely-loved carryover from the equestrian world, riding boots have been a fall and winter staple for many years — and for good reason. These tall leather or faux leather boots are super warm when the weather turns south, and they’re great for a little bit of puddle splashing. Plus, they look chic with a pair of jeans and a sweater. We can’t wait for autumn to come so we can bust out ours!

Spurs

Spur

While we’re on the topic of riding boots, it must be noted that spurs have taken a special place in the hearts of non-riders. Yes, even the most utilitarian of equestrian accessories has been adopted by fashionistas. Many boots feature spur-inspired heel adornments, a throwback to classic equestrian style. Everybody loves a little extra bling!

Stock Tie

Unexpected yet refreshing, a billowy stock tie can lend a vintage feel to an otherwise simple ensemble. Paired with a flowy white blouse or a cute high-neck dress, this look is super cute for a variety of occasions.

Goode Rider Athlete: Lauren Billys

Goode Rider Athlete Lauren Billys
At this point, it seems almost silly that Goode Rider athlete Lauren Billys would be doing anything other than riding. However, her path wasn’t always so obvious. Although Lauren grew up riding horses, she was not certain that she wanted to pursue an equestrian career. She attended Fresno State University in California’s San Joaquin Valley, where she earned a double degree in Enology and Chemistry in 2013. Lauren was even named the distinguished student in the Department of Enology and Viticulture. But her love of riding persisted, as well. Having competed in three-day eventing in her youth — her first horse, Texas Ranger, taught her the ropes of lower-level competition —  she founded her own training business, Lauren Billys Eventing, while still in college.

Big Dreams

Near the end of her college career, the opportunity arose for Lauren to compete in the Olympic Games. Since her grandmother is Puerto Rican, she is eligible to ride on behalf of the island territory. She decided to put her wine career on hold, at least for the time being. “I told myself I would give myself a fair shot to achieve my Olympic dream until 2016 and then decide if I would dive back into the wine industry,” she explains.
The path to Rio was a long one. In addition to all the training and preparation that goes into an Olympic run, Lauren had to do some serious fundraising. She raised money and formed a syndicate to purchase her mount, Castle Larchfield Purdy. Eventually, Lauren made it to Rio de Janeiro in 2016, becoming the first eventer in history to represent Puerto Rico at the Olympics. “It was the most fulfilling and magical riding I have done in my life,” she says. “This event gave me a new perspective on the meaning of ‘team.’ The owners, veterinarians, grooms, coaches and people behind the scenes make a moment like this unrepeatable and so powerful.”
The experience also had a profound impact on her career. “As I finished the Rio Olympics, I came through the finish flags and almost instinctually committed to competing at the top of the sport for the rest of my life.

Looking Ahead

Now based in Carmel Valley, California, Lauren has a whole host of accomplishments under her belt. In addition to the 2016 Olympic Games, she competed in the 2015 Pan American Games, as well the 2011 Games in Guadalajara, Mexico (on the mare Ballingowan Ginger). More recently, she was the 2017 Chef d’equip for the Area VI Gold Medal eventing team. Lauren has also racked up a long list of high USEA rankings and wins at upper-level events in the U.S.
She also has a promising stable of up-and-coming horses. One of her recent acquisitions is a swanky five-year old German Sport Horse, Can Be Sweet. Known around the barn as Charlie, he has “the gallop, movement and jump to be as elegant as any at the top of the sport.” Her other new new ride, Caletina, is a six-year-old Holsteiner mare. “She is an amazing jumper with a fighting spirit,” Lauren notes. Like Purdy, both horses are owned by syndicates (all of which still have a few shares up for grabs).
Her immediate plans for these two and her longtime partner Purdy are bold. “I would like to get both my new horses out this year.  Charlie needs to compete in the five-year-old YEH, and I would like to get Purdy qualified for next year’s World Equestrian Games.”

Hard Work

“I love the relationships I get to make with each horse, particularly the ones I get to show and compete to reach the top of the sport,” says Lauren. It takes a lot of hard work to make that happen. Every day at Lauren Billys Eventing begins at 7am as she feeds and clean stalls before starting a full day of riding and teaching, usually around eight horses a day, six days a week. “Each horse and rider has different goals,” she says. “It is my job to help build positive experiences to make each horse and rider journey as successful as possible.”
Her Goode Rider breeches are up to the task through all of it. “I love that the breeches are so stylish and unbelievably durable. I ride horses all day, every day and have yet to wear out a pair of GR breeches. Plus, their styles for each season are so fun and attractive. I always get questions about my outfits.”
Although she tries to give herself one day off a week to hike and cook (and cheer on her fiancé when he competes in Spartan Racing, which involves navigating a high-intensity obstacle course), she admits that you have to clock in the hours. “Learn to work hard even when you are tired,” the Goode Rider athlete advises aspiring professionals. “Don’t be a victim of your circumstances but a champion because of them.”

Material Spotlight: NILIT Innergy Fiber

If we told you that one material could be both body-sculpting and breathable — as well as anti-bacterial, odor-controlling, UV-protecting and moisture-wicking — you might not believe us. But hear us out.

A new technology called NILIT Innergy Fiber does just that. Made with a mixture of nylon, spandex and silicon, it converts the thermic energy of the human body into far infrared rays, or FIR, reflecting it back into the deep tissue. By gently warming the deeper layer of the skin, the material invigorates and energizes the tissue. So what’s the end result? Well, the answer is multifold.

Cosmetic Benefits

NILIT Innergy Fiber has incredible cosmetic effects. For one, energizing deep tissue helps reduce the appearance of cellulite from the inside out. It also warms the tissue, which makes it more malleable and thus receptive to shaping. Combined with the supportive nature of the fabric, which compresses fat and tightens the skin, the material has a body-sculpting effect for a sexy, streamlined shape.

Technical Benefits

In addition to the cosmetic benefits, NILIT Innergy Fiber has myriad benefits for athletes. It’s proven to help reduce fatigue during physical activities — perfect for riding. The breathable material has wicking properties for sweaty situations. And it even has built-in antibacterial properties to control odor, a great bonus for busy riders. Plus, the material protects skin from harmful UV rays — a must for anyone spending a lot of time outdoors in the sun.

Lifestyle Benefits

For all its technical prowess, NILIT Innergy Fiber doesn’t sacrifice comfort, either. The microfiber feels so soft to the touch that you’ll never want to take it off. This form-fitting fabric makes riding tights feels like your favorite pair of leggings. It’s super easy to care for, as well; despite all the technical benefits of this high-performance fabric, there’s no special requirements for cleaning.

But don’t just take our word for it. Try NILIT technology for yourself! Our customer-favorite Body-Sculpting Tights are a great choice to try out NILIT Innergy fiber. We think you’ll absolutely love this material.

5 Famously Fashionable Equestriennes: Celebrities Edition

Kaley Cuoco, Equestrian Fashionista

It’s time for round two of our Famously Fashionable Equestrians series! After all, there are few things that are more enjoyable than perusing photos of your favorite celebrities on horseback. Enjoy these tidbits about leading ladies who ride in their down time.

Kaley Cuoco

Having ridden since she was a teenager, the Big Bang Theory star is an avid competitor. “It’s become a very important part of my life, very serious,” Cuoco told Jimmy Kimmel. “It kind of levels me out with this whole Hollywood thing.” Her equine family includes a stable of bays, a miniature horse named Shmooshy, and her boyfriend, professional show jumper Karl Cook.

Hilary Duff

Hilary Duff, Equestrian Fashionista

The actress and fashionista, who has a fashion line called “Stuff by Hilary Duff,” grew up around horses. “I’ve loved riding and being around horses ever since I was little,” she says. “My family owns a ranch outside of Austin with lots of land and a great house, and my parents used to put my older sister, Haylie, and me on the ponies when we were babies. We may have been just about able to sit up, but we knew we had to hold on tight.”

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus, Equestrian Fashionista

Having grown up on a 500-acre farm near Nashville, perhaps it’s no surprise that the Tennesse-born singer is an equestrian. (Her two younger sisters, Brandi and Noah, also ride, competitively.) In 2015, Miley shelled out almost $5 million for her own private equestrian estate in Hidden Hills. Now that’s living the dream!

Madonna

Madonna, Equestrian Fashionista

Unlike some of the other celebrities on this list, the Material Girl reportedly took the reins in her 40s. She suffered a bad fall in 2005, cracking three ribs and breaking her collarbone and hand in the fall at her Wiltshire estate in the U.K. while celebrating her 47th birthday with family. However, she got back in the saddle (as soon as her managers would let her!). Nowadays, she’s even sharing her equestrian passion with her son, David.

Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart, Equestrian Fashionista

Of course Martha Stewart rides. In addition to her herd of five Friesians, she has a Fell pony and three Sicilian donkeys — plus a couple French Bulldogs. They all live at Martha’s gorgeous Cantitoe Farm, in Bedford, New York, where she has access to riding trails. You can just imagine what her stable look like — but you don’t have to. See a tour of her barn by clicking here.

Fourth of July Horse Safety: How to Keep Your Horse Safe This Weekend

Fourth of July Fireworks

July is here, and that means Independence Day is just around the corner. Although the Fourth of July is fun for humans—who doesn’t enjoy making the most of the beautiful summer weather with barbecues and other outdoor fun—the festivities we find so entertaining can prove terrifying for our pets. While brilliant display of fireworks in the night sky elicit “oohs” and “ahhs” from us, they can cause problems for horses who live near them. This year, take a few simple precautions for horse safety to ensure that the holiday weekend is worry-free for both you and your horse.

Put Them Inside

Experts recommend keeping house-trained pets indoors during loud festivities for safety reasons. Similarly, horses should be put in the barn if they’re usually put out to pasture on hot summer nights. Being inside creates a sense of security if things get crazy outside. Closing the barn doors will also shield them horses much of the noise associated with fireworks and the drunken revelry of your neighbors.

Check for Safety Hazards

Before it gets dark, check the barn for anything that could cause harm should your horse panic. This should be a routine part of horse care, but holes, broken boards, protruding nail heads and the like can cause extra harm should your horse panic. Take care of this stuff before it becomes a problem.

Pay Them a Visit

If you can, consider making a quick safety trip to the barn to ensure everything is okay. A treat and a few pats from a familiar person can go a long way toward soothing a stressed animal—not to mention ameliorating your own anxiety.

Give Them a Distraction

Give your horse something to do if you know they will be within earshot of fireworks. Even throwing them an extra flake or two will give them something to concentrate on besides loud noises. Natural supplements can also help calm hot-tempered horses. If you know your horse is going to have a really hard time, you can ask your vet about administering a sedative.

ID Your Horse

July 1 is national ID Your Pet Day, which should serve as a timely reminder to make sure your horse has some kind of identification prior to the Fourth. Many companies offer equine microchipping services. This is a good permanent method for identifying your horse should the worst happen—be it a drunk driver, a scared horse leaping a fence or anything else.

However, if you want something less permanent, temporary horse ID bands are a great option for quickly addressing this issue. Plus, you can use it for other occasions, such as trail riding. For last-minute identification, you can even make your own. Just make sure that it’s tight-fitting enough that it won’t easily get caught on anything (and quick-release in case it does).

Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

5 Far-Flung Equestrian Vacations

Equestrian Vacations

Longing for a vacation? Next time you’re planning a trip abroad, schedule one around your four-legged friends. Because let’s be honest, you’ll be drooling over the foreign ponies the whole time, anyway. These five equestrian vacations are stops to check off every horse-lover’s bucket list.

Visit the Irish National Stud

The horse holds a dear place in the heart of Irish culture, so it should be no surprise that the Irish National Stud is, in many ways, a shrine to the Thoroughbred. Located in the heart of the country in County Kildare, the stud is home to both future stars and the so-called Living Legends, a group of resident stallions that includes Beef Or Salmon, Hardy Eustace, Hurricane Fly, Kicking King and Rite Of Passage. In addition to guided tours of the facility and an equine museum that regales visitors with the history of Irish racing heroes who called the stud home (such as Arkle and Sea the Stars), the stud boasts gorgeous Japanese gardens and St. Fiachara’s Garden, a verdant garden of plants native to the Emerald Isle.

View the Lipizanners in Vienna

The ornate Spanish Riding School is a sight every equestrian must see. Established over 450 years ago, the baroque hall adjacent to the royal palace was commissioned by Emperor Charles VI in 1729. There, in the capital of Austria, guests can watch the team of snow-white stallions perform the advanced dressage work for which they’re famous. Bred at the countryside stud farm in Piber and trained at Heldenberg in southern Austria, the stallions—who are born black but turn white as they mature—are trained to do the airs above ground movements, as well as advanced dressage such as passage and piaffe. Onlookers can also book somewhat cheaper tickets to the less formal schooling sessions in the morning, where they can watch the masters work with the greener stallions in the same ornate arena.

Tolt in Iceland

The adorable Icelandic horse is known for more than just its diminutive stature and friendly nature. In addition to the usual gaits, Icelandic horses possess two special gaits: the tölt, a four-beat gait akin to a pace, in which the front and back legs on the same side move concurrently; and the fast but unstable skeið, known as the “flying pace.” The latter is used for harness racing, while the former is extremely comfortable for long days in the saddle. In addition to brief rides, many outfitters offer multi-day treks, so you can see the rugged Icelandic landscape from aboard the most reliable form of transport: a hardy Icelandic horse.

Foxhunt in England

Get an authentic taste of English country life by participating in a foxhunt. But be warned—this high-octane sport is not for the faint of heart. You’ll find yourself flying over hedges and through muddy moors at breakneck speed in pursuit of a pack of howling hounds. Per the Hunting Act of 2004, all sanctioned hunts are mock “drag hunts,” meaning the dogs are merely chasing a chemical scent laid beforehand. Foxhunters are infamous for having a good time, both in and out of the saddle, so be sure to pack a flask in addition to your boots.

Trek the Mongolian Steppe

Most horses that are thought of as wild, such as mustangs, are actually descended form feral horses escaped from European settlers. To see legitimately wild horses, you have to go to central Asia. There you can see the rare—and endangered—Przewalski horse, which roams the Mongolian steppe. These equines play a large role in the culture of the Mongolian people. As an old proverb goes, “A Mongol without a horse is like a bird without wings.” In addition to allowing them to live nomadically, horses provide a food product: kumis, a beverage made of fermented mare’s milk. Although cow’s milk is generally used to produce this mildly alcoholic beverage en masse, it’s traditionally made using mare’s milk, which has more sugar. Go beyond your comfort zone with the only truly wild horses in the world.

Tech Tips: Stay Cool This Summer

Goode Rider Cool Clothes for Summer

Things are heating up in our neck of the woods, and chances are your location isn’t far behind. This leads up to the annual conundrum: How to stay cool at the barn? Helmets certainly don’t do riders any favors in this department. Things are even worse if you plan on showing: stock ties, show coats and long days out in the sun all contribute to toasty rides. Lucky for you, we’ve compiled some tips to help you stay comfortable when the mercury rises. Cool down with these technical tips for riding wear this summer.

Light Colors

Everyone knows black attracts heat, by why is that? Basically, certain colors absorb certain wavelengths of light. Albeit not a “color” in the technical sense, black is essentially a muddy combination of all the other colors. This means that is absorbs all light, making it hotter than other colors. White, on the other hand, reflects light.

So opt for lighter colors when possible. White is best, but even a pale blue is better than dark blue when you have the choice. The Goode Rider Super Seamless Shirt comes in an array of lighter colors, from white to aqua to a beautiful orchid long sleeve. It’s great for schooling, and the moisture-wicking fabric will keep you cool under a show coat, too.

Breathability

Human bodies have built-in mechanisms for staying cool when it’s hot out. All you have to do is allow to to function correctly. Good fabric is key for allowing your body to sweat. This sounds easy, but it can be tough when you have to wear full-seat breeches. Goode Rider’s Seamless Designer Tights are made from a polyamide / spandex material that’s both breathable and moisture wicking. They have ventilated knees for better air flow, as well.

The fabric is also anti-bacterial for odor control. However, you still need to wash them often. Like skin, the pores of the fabric can get clogged by dirt, so it’s important to keep them clean so they function their best. That means rotating clothing or washing your riding clothes (as well as saddles pads and wraps, for your horse’s sake) after every ride, if you can.

Structure

If loose clothing is your friend, then structure is your best friend. Shirts with seaming keep fabric from clinging to your body, which is uncomfortable and causes more sweating.  Another thing to note is that heavy embellishments weigh clothes down and trap the fabric against your body. Avoid lots of bling until the weather cools off. The Best Shirt is a great simple, structured option. It’s loose-fitting with seams on the sides to keep the fabric away from your torso, and does not have excessive embellishments. The Boyfriend Shirt is another great choice. It even comes in a summery gingham print!

Sun Protection

Lastly, don’t forget sun protection. Long sleeves may sound like the last thing you want to wear on a hot day, but it will keep you safe. It will also prevent that awful scorched-skin sensation so you won’t feel hot the next day. The Long Sleeve Ideal Show Shirt is perfect for hot weather. It’s wicking and breathable, and it will protect your arms from the su’s harmful rays during long days outside. The zip front can be zipped up to protect the back of your neck from sunburn. If it’s really hot, you can even wet the collar of your shirt to keep yourself cool.

We won’t tell if you just want to hose yourself off along with your horse after a long ride. (We’ve all been there.) Whatever you do, be sure to stay cool out there!

Goode Rider at Western States Horse Expo

Western States Horse Expo

The Western States Horse Expo is coming up! For those of you in northern California, the Goode Rider gals will be in Sacramento all weekend long. Come visit us in the “C” Building at Booth #3801. We’ll be having our annual Goode Rider Cash N’ Carry Clearance Sale at the trade show, with all items priced at 50%-80% off!

The Horse Expo is open Friday, June 9 through Sunday, June 11 from 9am-6pm (closes at 5pm on Sunday). If you’ve never been, you’re in for a treat. In addition to incredible shopping and food, attendees can take part in all kinds of fun and games throughout the long weekend. Even returning attendees will be be pleased to discover something new: The Expo has constructed new arenas to accommodate the bursting-at-the-seams schedule of events this year.

Horse Expo Clinics

From basic horsemanship skills to specific disciplines, the Horse Expo features a wide variety of clinics. Furthermore, they’re all free to audit with the price of admission! The popular “Clinicians Unmounted,” a group setting in which participants can meet the clinicians and ask questions, is also happening this year. Clinicians include the following stars:

  • Charles deKunffy, world-renowned for teaching classical training traditions and classical riding skills
  • Pat Parelli, founder of modern day Natural Horsemanship and a complete program of developing both horse and rider
  • John Lyons, “America’s Most Trusted Horseman”
  • Josh Lyons, founder of Josh Lyons Certification Program
  • Warwick Schiller, reining
  • Jim Masterson, equine massage
  • Kalley Krickenberg, three days of colt starting
  • Brandi Lyons, fundamentals, confidence, control
  • Jochen Schleese, saddle fitting

Educational Sessions

The Western States Horse Expo University will host a number of educational sessions. Topics include equine research, health, nutrition, fitness, behavior and more. Featured experts and educators include the following:

  • Deb Bennett, horse anatomy and biomechanics
  • Bryan Owen, photonic heath and proper foot balance
  • Kristin Stephens, equine nutrition
  • Rick Roncka, equine pharmaceuticals
  • Carole Herder, hoof boots and saddle pads
  • Jeff Moore, therapeutic connection between horse and rider
  • Richard Godbee, animal nutrition and nutritional biochemistry
  • Ron McLoughlin, lateral system of training focusing on horse’s footwork
  • Lyn Ringrose Moe, Cowboy Dressage
  • Heidi McLaughlin, overcoming fear

Trail Symposium

There is also a lineup of speakers dedicated to trail riding. This year, the Trail Symposium experts touch on a wide range of backcountry topics:

  • Teresa Spencer, horse safety
  • Samantha Szesciorka, long distance riding
  • Jerry Heitzler, mules
  • George Archer, packing
  • Carolyn Gilmore, wildfire preparedness
  • Debra Mason, Dutch oven open-fire cooking
  • Lucy Badenhoop, planning ahead and preparedness
  • Dennis Serpa, Back Country Horsemen of California

Rodeo Poker

This sport challenges riders to make the best possible five-card poker hand. How? Instead of the standard rodeo-style numbers on the cows, there are giant specially-designs playing cards! Riders must think strategically and ride competitively in dynamic, timed events including PokerPenning and 2ManPokerSort.

Rigs and Digs

In the market for a new trailer? The Rigs and Digs area of the Western States Horse Expo showcases the most horse trailers on display in the entire country. Mechanics are onsite to put on a new hitch, rewire lighting or do anything else needed to make driving a new trailer a safe experience.

BLM Adoption

BLM Mustang Adoptions are scheduled to help home wonderful, professionally-started mustangs.

 

We’ll see you there!

 

5 Famous Equestrian Fashionistas: Model Edition

Equestrian Fashionista Gigi Hadid Riding

If you’re like us, you love getting the latest scoop in your favorite celebs. And it’s even better when you learn that the hidden aspects of their lives are things that you can relate to, like these five equestrian fashionistas. Don’t feel bad if you couldn’t tell that these famous models are bona fide horse lovers—models are supposed to look good doing everything, right?

 

Gigi Hadid

If you’ve ever seen pictures of top supermodel Gigi Hadid posing gracefully astride a horse, it may be no surprise that she was raised on a horse farm. She got her first pony, a rescue from a neighbor, at age two. “The farmer was kind of old and couldn’t take care of him,” she told Allure. “So my mom asked if we could, and that’s the pony I started riding.” By the look of her Instagram, that was the start of a lifelong obsession.

 

Equestrian Fashionista Bella Hadid

Bella Hadid

Okay, it may seem like a cop-out to list Bella separately from Gigi. But she has the riding cred to back it up. The model was reportedly aiming for the Olympics before she was sidelined by Lyme’s disease. Although her focus is on modeling these days, her heart still lies with her horses. When asked about her first break-up, with R&B singer The Weeknd, she told Teen Vogue about her real first break-up: having to sell her horse Lego.  “I was really traumatized,” she said. “You can ask any equestrian: You develop a crazy, emotional connection with this animal. When you’re riding a horse, they have full control over you. They can literally kill you in a second, so you build a trust with them.”

 

Mary-Kate Olsen Riding

Mary-Kate Olsen

The Hadid sisters aren’t the only famous fashionistas on this list—Mary-Kate Olsen is also an equestrienne. After starring on Full House with her sister Ashley, the twins went on to become moguls in the worlds of media and fashion. Although Mary-Kate isn’t a model, she and Ashley are the minds behind luxury fashion brand Elizabeth & James (among other fashionable enterprises). Mary-Kate began riding during high school as a way of escaping the pressures of fame. She quit when she moved to New York City, but ultimately started riding again. “I came back to the sport because I missed it every day that I wasn’t riding,” she said in a profile for HIITS Shows’ website. “It was the hardest thing to leave and the hardest thing to come back to.”

Kate Upton Riding

Kate Upton

Before baring skin in Sports Illustrated and GQ, the curvaceous model was a dedicated equestrienne. “I have my own horse and two ponies,” she told GQ. “I grew up around horses, and that really is my passion.” Although she showed in the American Paint Horse Association at a national level when she was younger, she doesn’t have much time for it these days. However, Kate is still known to compete on occasion when she has time off from her modeling duties.

 

Edie Campbell Riding

Edie Campbell

A true renaissance woman, It-Girl Edie Campbell is a both a fashionista and a scholar with a degree in art history. Furthermore, she’s also an eventer! The chic Brit has a wicked sense of humor about her horse: “Basically, Dolly is a bastard child because her dad is a very fancy, show-jumping stallion, but got into the field with some little pet pony and spawned an illegitimate heir. She’s on a permanent diet because she puts on weight easily, and it’s not very good for her to get too fat. This makes her really angry so she’s pretty livid all the time, but she can be adorable.” Poor little Dolly!