Horse Riding And Its Celebrity Fans

With the lockdown continuing to ease in most parts of the UK, there has been a rise in the number of people who are getting back in the saddle and enjoying horse riding all over again. The Queen was just one of the people who had missed riding during lockdown, and indeed the first published picture of her after lockdown was, inevitably, one of her riding a pony in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

It is apt then, that horse Riding is often described as the Sport of Kings, but these days it could also be as truthfully described as the sport of the glamorous celebrity. The list of well known names who have their own horses and custom built stables within the ground of their homes is both long and surprising.

Here are just some of the celebrities who take the opportunity to ride in their downtime.

Madonna

Top of any list of celebrity riding fans has to be the queen of pop herself, Madonna. We all know that Madonna had a very ‘English phase’ during her marriage to film director Guy Ritchie, where, as well as drinking tea, talking with a cut glass accent and wearing a nifty line in tea dresses, Madonna developed a passion for horses that continues to this day (she currently owns two.)

I can’t help thinking that the fashion maverick just loved the look of jodphurs and a riding hat (and we all know she’s been partial to a whip at times), but the fact that she actually trained, and with none other than William Fox Pitt clearly indicates that the one time Material Girl has clearly been bitten by the riding bug.

Mary Kate Olsen

These days she is better known for her fashion designing skills along with her sister Ashley for her label ‘The Row’, but Mary Kate is actually an accomplished horsewoman who has competed, most famously at the Hampton Classic Show. From a fashionista point of view, can you imagine how stylish The Row riding apparel would be. I think Mary Kate could be onto a real winner with that.

Bella Hadid

It sort of seems apt that the coltish, beautiful Bella Hadid is another lady with a passion for being in the saddle. The lovely supermodel is said to aspire to ride in an Olympic Games, well, there’s certainly still time to get the practice in before Tokyo 2020.

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga became a fan of horse after she was presented with one by her record company. She is now the proud owner of a stallion called…wait for it…Trigger. (How Original!) Gaga is one person I would totally love to see on a horse, can you imagine the fun she would have with equestrian gear, and as for the boots….

Jordan/Katie Price

No roundup of celebrity horse riding fans can be complete without some mention of Jordan/Katie Price, or whatever she happens to be calling herself this week. Katie is a lover of dressage (couldn’t you guess that a woman obsessed with pink would also love the idea of dancing horses) and is actually, all joking aside, an accomplished horsewoman who is very passionate about horse sports, also playing polo. She even had her own equestrian clothing line, KP equestrian, which, as you can probably imagine, was very pink, very tongue in cheek and a whole lot of fun. After all, who could resist a ‘50 shades of hay’ t-shirt…

Are you a fan of horses, have you ever tried horse riding?

Cannes – Best looks from 2017

Cannes is always the most glamorous and elegant of all the film festivals, I would go as far as to say it is the most fabulous event on the fashion calendar, it is certainly my favourite. This year was a vintage Cannes for style watchers, with appearances by judge and style icon Nicole Kidman, Diane Kruger, Elizabeth Olsen and Lily Collins. In addition, there was an appearance by style maverick Tilda Swinton (who basically slayed in a series of classic looks) and a whole raft of supermodels, including Sara Sampio, Bella Hadid (another lady having a knockout Cannes), Kendall Jenner and veteran Amber Valleta.

The dresses ranged from the slinky to fairytale, and the daytime looks were not to be sniffed at either, with Emily Ratajkowski showing that a little black dress can never go wrong. I also totally fell in love with Lily Collins daytime ensemble which combined a fitted skirt with a striped, one sleeved top. And, shades of green had a moment, with Nicole Kidman in a dress that called to mind a beautiful peacock, and Tilda Swinton in a 1940s style two piece suit that screamed sophistication.

Did you have a favourite outfit from this year’s Cannes? Who’s style caught your eye?

Sara Sampio

Emily Ratajkowski

Amber Valleta

Lily Collins

Tilda Swinton

Bella Hadid

Nicole Kidman

Isabelle Huppert

Nicole Kidman

Diane Kruger

Aishwarya Rai

Tilda Swinton

Lily Collins

Bella Hadid

Eva Longoria

 

Arizona Muse

Julianne Moore

Bella Hadid

Kendall Jenner

Elizabeth Olsen

Cannes worthy Dresses from Coast

kaempa bandeau printed dress £195 Click to visit Coast


sofia cape dress £99 Click to visit Coast


eve stripe bardot dress £179 Click to visit Coast


patience full midi dress £159 Click to visit Coast

maya jacquard dress £195 Click to visit Coast

lindos one shoulder maxi dress £139 Click to visit Coast


sophie red scuba prom dress £99 Click to visit Coast


shay jersey bardot maxi dress £109 Click to visit Coast

Style Focus – Bella Hadid

It’s probably safe to say that Gigi Hadid is still the better known model and sister, especially after her relationship with Zayn Malik. But when it comes to flawless style, I think younger sister and fellow model Bella is absolutely killing it at the moment. With her beautiful, slightly gothic/Morticia looks (think young Angelica Houston crossed with Rooney Mara), and her pared back style which seems to feature all colours, as long as they are a shade of black, Bella has been quietly making fashion waves and winning plaudits for her choices.

Bella is one half of a stylish duo, with her boyfriend The Weekend, proving to be perfect foil for her sexy elegance. On the red carpet they make a striking couple, and totally complement each other in the same way as Posh and Becks and Brad and Angelina do. At the Grammy’s they were the best dressed couple by an absolute mile, and although Bella’s dress showed acres of flesh, by leaving off the jewellery and adornments, the look was classy, not trashy, with perfect sleek hair and make-up.

Bella does occasionally opt for colour, but like Angelina Jolie before her, she just seems to shine brighter when she opts for black with minimal accessories. Her look keeps her looking distinct from her California blonde sister, and gives her an identity that is totally her own, stunning, a little mysterious and a glorious combination that seems to be elegant and chic, but very sexy, all at the same time.

I think Bella is a style icon to watch. What do you think of her style?

 

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Bella style – Black, black and more black

Black Bardot Dress Was £45.00 Now £36.00Click to visit Wallis

Black Bardot Dress
Was £45.00 Now £36.00 Click to visit Wallis

Black Bardot Stretch Jumpsuit Price: £40.00 Click to visit Wallis

Black Bardot Stretch Jumpsuit
Price: £40.00 Click to visit Wallis

Sapphire Black V-Neck Lace Dress Price: £70.00 Click to visit Wallis

Sapphire Black V-Neck Lace Dress
Price: £70.00 Click to visit Wallis

 HEIDI KLEIN manhattan crepe dress £160.00 Click to visit Selfridges

HEIDI KLEIN manhattan crepe dress £160.00
Click to visit Selfridges

 VICTORIA VICTORIA BECKHAM Ruffled satin dress £850.00 Click to visit Selfridges

VICTORIA VICTORIA BECKHAM Ruffled satin dress
£850.00 Click to visit Selfridge

 ALLSAINTS Emeline satin cami dress £98.00 Click to visit Selfridges

ALLSAINTS Emeline satin cami dress
£98.00 Click to visit Selfridges

Black Wrap Front Maxi Dress £49.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Black Wrap Front Maxi Dress £49.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Black Organza Dress Was £75.00 Now £40.00Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Black Organza Dress
Was £75.00 Now £40.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Black Lace Cami Dress £39.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Black Lace Cami Dress
£39.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge