Hey folks, it's Monday! I'm already exhausted from the weekend, how about you? Today's blog is a bit of a "fluff" post, but it should be amusing anyway. Let's take a look at some of our favorite celebrities, and their connections with the horse world.
Okay, okay, clarification: we're only going to look at celebrities that are A) actually into horses or B) did something good for them. If we list every celebrity that ever mounted a horse and claimed to love it, we're going to have see tons more bimbos like Ms. Spears up there. (Lord, can you imagine any more inappropriate riding clothes? Love the flip-flops, Britney-- now put your heels down.)
Lone Ranger movie doesn't get cancelled so you can ride again!
Yep, Captain Kirk the space cowboy really likes horses in real life-- he and his wife Elizabeth breed and show Quarter Horses and Saddlebreds on their 150 acre farm, Belle Reve, in Kentucky. Spend some money on the website, will ya Kirk? It's kind of fugly. The farm helps out with the Central Kentucky Riding for Hope's "Help for Heroes" program. Shatner is also hosting a Hollywood charity event this year centered around horses, the profits going to a ton of great causes. Good for you Captain-- it's clear you're paying attention to the needs of the many!
this video with Viggo Mortensen about stopping the mustang roundups. Well, you know how I feel about that, but her heart's in the right place I guess. She's been criticized for simultaneously advocating horse welfare and performing at rodeos, but I think most reasonable people understand that well-run rodeos aren't cruel.
Willie Nelson is one of the coolest people ever. He's an advocate for green biofuel, small farmers and animal welfare. He's adopted several neglected horses and constantly advocates against horse cruelty, including horse slaughter.
The soft-spoken actor, best known for his role as Aragorn in the Lord of the Rings movies, is a huge horse fan. He rides, advocates for, and published a photography book of, horses! He even bought a horse for a crew member on a LOTR set who might not have been able to have the horse otherwise. Check out this cool video about Viggo's deep connection with horses. Oh, and did you know he speaks 7 languages? Hottest. Actor. Ever.
...okay folks, there are a TON more horse-obsessed celebrities out there, but I'm going to have to wrap things up for today; real world problems are calling. Stay tuned for more celebrities, horses and Kentucky Derby updates! The Derby is May 5th-- have you got your mint julep ingredients ready yet?!