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!

Steps & Style: Goode Rider Invites You to a Benefit Fashion Show

Steps & Style Fashion Show


Picture this: You’re sitting on the lush lawn of a fabulous chateau, sipping wine with your girlfriends at a fashion show. A parade of models are strutting the runway under the golden glow of a late afternoon in wine country. There’s no better way to spend an early summer afternoon—except, of course, if it happened to benefit the lives of others.

On the first Sunday in June, we invite you to join us at the stunning Chateau St. Jean Winery in Kenwood. We’ll be there as part of a fabulous fashion show event benefitting one of our favorite nonprofits. You get to sit back and sip on fabulous Chateau St. Jean wines while shopping our latest looks, and it’s all for a great cause.

Chateau St. Jean

Giant Steps

Any horse-lover knows that our equine friends have the power to heal us from the inside out. That’s the philosophy of Petaluma-based Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center, which uses equine therapy to better the lives of those living with disabilities. Founded in 1998, the nonprofit located at Sonoma Horse Park is dedicated to enriching the lives of disabled children and adults in the Bay Area.



Giant Steps believes that caring for and riding horses can be a powerful, life-changing tool for healing individuals with physical, emotional and developmental challenges. From little Megan, in the video above, to veterans with PTSD, they help a wide array of people. Their customized therapeutic riding and equine-assisted therapy programs can assist those dealing with the effects of everything from ADHD to cerebral palsy to depression to strokes.

The riding programs help students develop not only physical strength and coordination but also social skills, such as following directions, making friends, improving motor skills and learning how to problem solve.  Giant Steps also offers what they refer to as equine-facilitated learning, which consists of unmounted group lessons that include engaging activities with the horses as a method of teaching character development and reinforcing life skills.

Giant Steps promises never to turn away a rider because of a lack of means—but it’s a goal that’s not without obstacles.

Fashion Show

Steps & Style Fashion Show ParticipantsWe hope you will join us on Sunday, June 4 from 2-5pm. In addition to fashion from Goode Rider, there will also be ensembles by Overland Sheepskin Company, luxury brand Stick & Ball, girls’ activewear line Athleta Girl and Mini Britches, whose equestrian-inspired clothing for babies and toddlers is absolutely darling.

All proceeds directly benefit Giant Steps and the wonderful work they do with equine therapy.

You can save on ticketing fees by purchasing tickets for your whole group, so round up the girls and purchase your tickets HERE.

We’ll see you there!

Gift Guide: What to Buy for Mother’s Day

April showers bring May flowers, and May flowers mean it’s gift-giving season. Mother’s Day is just around the corner, on Sunday, May 14. Then there’s the plethora of high school and college graduations that pop up like daffodils this time of year. But what to get for the equestrian fashionista in your life?

The Vogue Vest

The Vogue Vest fits the bill on all accounts. Like all Goode Rider products, this beautiful vest is practical for the barn. However, it’s also stylish enough to wear everywhere else. Featuring faux fur trim and leather pull tabs on the zippers, it’s luxurious yet utilitarian. The Vogue Vest is one gift that will certainly be appreciated as fickle spring weather gives way to summer.Goode Rider Vogue Vest

Flattering princess seaming belies the warmth of this convertible garment. A soft fur fleece lining will keep mom warm on cooler mornings, while the faux-fur-lined hood is removable to transition easily into warmer weather. And the stretchy, water-resistant fabric will keep her dry in case those April showers decide they’re not quite finished after all.

The Vogue Vest also makes a wonderful graduation gift for graduates, whether they’re equestriennes or non-riders. This stylish piece is perfect for layering over a sweater or shirt to run errands on chilly spring days. Its sleek design creates a beautiful, streamlined silhouette, so she’ll look great no matter what she’s doing. Plus, black looks good on everyone!

Whether it’s for Mom, a matriculant, or just somebody who deserves a little something special, give the gift of Goode Rider this spring. The woman of the hour will thank you.

Stable to Street: Body-Sculpting Seamless Tights

Body-Sculpting Tights

“I truly didn’t believe you about these tights….what tights? Yeah, the ones my customers ‘try’ then refuse to take off”

Feed, muck, groom, lunge, ride, grain, repeat… There’s little time to do anything for yourself when you have horses demanding your attention. So why not wear something that transitions effortlessly from the stable to the street?

That’s where Goode Rider comes in.

Multi-purpose garments are the name of the game for busy riders. Whether you’re riding, biking, doing yoga, or just running errands in town, our Body-Sculpting Tights can handle it all, allowing you to multi-task in style. Plus, they’re super comfy—just ask one of our retailers:

“I truly didn’t believe you about these tights….what tights? Yeah, the ones my customers ‘try’ then refuse to take off after they throw their credit cards at me and scream, ‘Oh, YEAH…I’m NEVER taking these off.’ I wore my own pair for my riding lesson today. Then wore them to the store…..four pairs GONE! In a matter of minutes! Incredible! I think I’ll be sleeping in mine. These are the most comfortable riding pants I have ever owned.”

These seamless compression tights are so versatile you’ll never need to take them off—let alone want to. Breathable and wicking, our anti-cellulite tights are extra ventilated at the knees so you’re free to break a sweat whether you’re at the barn or the gym.

In addition to UV protection for long days under the sun, they have built-in anti-bacterial and odor-controlling properties, so you can head straight to the grocery store afterward (let’s be honest—we all know those looks cast by non-riders in the cereal aisle). And with a tummy-control waistband and slimming NILIT® INNERGY nylon fibers, you’ll look so good that you’ll want to wear our Body-Sculpting Tights when you’re not even going to the barn.

Now, that’s what we call multi-purpose.



Stay tuned for the next installment of our “Stable to Street” series featuring our favorite products that transition effortlessly throughout your life.