So I’m going to be straight up with you. I had to think about one female personality that owns horses. I thought about, mulled over it and brewed on it a little more and I couldn’t pick one. So I did what any indecisive person does, and I picked three! So here are three very different famous horse women that all own horses.
This pretty woman has always been a horse lover. Long before her getaway in Runaway Bride she was riding horses. While on the set of a movie she does her own riding and refuses to use doubles. Julia and her family live on a ranch in New Mexico with their horses. As a child she never imagined being the actress she is today. Her childhood dream was to become a veterinarian. She is an accomplished barrel racer and still practices at home on her ranch. However now she uses plastic barrels as opposed to the steel ones that used to clip her knees as a child.
Queen Elizabeth II
We had to include the Queen of England. The Queen and her family are very involved in every discipline. The play polo, compete in dressage, own and train race horses and hunt to name a few. Gifted her first pony at the age of 4 and then riding by the age of 6 Queen Elizabeth II has continued to have horses play an important part of her formal and informal life. For over 40 years, she attended the annual Trooping the Colour on horseback only switching to a horse-drawn carriage from 1987 onwards.
The Royal Stud breeds thoroughbreds for the Royal Palace and the Queen is said to take a very active interest in this breeding program. She is a frequent visitor to the horse stud. Once a horse has completed its racing career they retire under the care of the royal family and staff. Not limited just to breeding thoroughbreds the Queen also has breeding programs for Shetland Ponies and Fell Ponies to enhance and preserve their breeds.
Yes, I’ve moved onto the queen of pop. Madonna was a latecomer to riding. The queen of pop took up owning and riding horses in her 40’s. The story goes that on her 47th birthday her then husband Guy Ritchie presented her with a horse as her gift. Within a minute of riding it she was thrown from the horse and ended up with 8 broken bones. Hence, that she had quite a large break (pardon the pun) from riding only to return years later. When her schedule allows it, Madonna can be seen riding in the Hamptons, New York and when she returns to England.
You can see why it was so hard to pick just one leading lady who loves horses and everything they entail. If only I had the time to write about Bo Derek, Elizabeth Taylor, Gisele Bundchen and Jewel just to name a few.
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