Here are some famous celebrities who love horses, own horses, breed horses, or just can’t get enough of everything equine!
1. Patrick Swayze
OK, so Patrick Swayze has been gone for a while, but his passion for horses was too great not to include him. He loved Arabians and regularly showed them near his New Mexico home, but even that wasn’t enough for him, so he earned his pilot’s license so he could fly to shows. He married a horse-crazed wife and ran his own breeding program started by his stallion Tammen.
2. Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus fell in love with horses growing up on her father’s Nashville estate and brought that passion to Los Angeles. She purchased the $5 million Hidden Hills Equestrian Estate outside of LA in May 2015. Her property includes a 6,500 square foot home, a one-acre riding arena, two paddocks, and a ten-stall barn.
3. David Letterman
Since retiring from late night television, David Letterman has become an active rancher and conservationist in Montana. He’s appeared several times riding down the streets of New York City with stars like Madonna and Harrison Ford and joked with the Hollywood Reporter about doing a show set in Montana called “Comedians on Horses Getting Coffee.”
4. Julia Roberts
Like her Runaway Bride costar, Richard Gere, Julia Roberts is a huge fan of horses. She’s been barrel racing since childhood and she has a ranch in New Mexico. She also traveled to Mongolia to host and film a documentary called Wild Horses of Mongolia, during which she lived with nomadic people to study their relationship with the wild horses.
5. Richard Gere
Richard Gere owns a ranch in upstate New York where he rides with his family. He’s especially fond of Appaloosas and is highly involved in the Chief Joseph Foundation, which promotes the preservation of Nez Perce culture through community activities involving Appaloosas. Gere has ridden horses in several films including Sommersby, First Knight, andI’m Not There.
Madonna started riding when she was in her 40s while married to British film director Guy Ritchie. On her 47th birthday in 2005, she was thrown off her horse and broke 8 bones in her body. It took 6 months for her to recover well enough to get back in the saddle. She has 2 horses and can be spotted riding in the Hamptons. She even rode down the streets of Manhattan once with David Letterman.
7. Viggo Mortensen
Viggo Mortensen is a huge horse lover who has bought 3 of the horses he worked with on set. He purchased Eurayus after filming The Lord of the Rings and had this to say for an article in HorseNation:
“I just developed a real good friendship with him…He kind of came into the movie similar to the way I did. You know, didn’t have much preparation and was just thrown in and had to swim basically. And it was rough on him and it took awhile for us to kind of get in sync and for him to be comfortable around the set. So we got to be close and I wanted to stay in touch with him.”
Mortensen also bought a gelding he rode in the beginning of The Two Towers and the stallion he rode in Hidalgo.
8. Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx was given his horse, Cheetah, for his birthday several years ago. When he accepted a role in the award-winning 2012 movie Django Unchained, he insisted Quentin Tarantino find a role for Cheetah. Though Foxx is a skilled rider, he admits to being terrified while galloping bareback at 28-miles-per-hour while hanging off Cheetah and brandishing a gun.
9. Mary Kate Olsen
She’s a former child star from the hit series Full House, a fashion designer, an author, a businesswoman, and a talented equestrian. Mary Kate Olsen regularly competes in stadium jumping horse shows like the 2014 Hampton Classic Horse Show in New York.
10. Kaley Cuoco
The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco loves riding and uses it to keep herself in shape. So much so, she owns several horses and competes at Jumping in her spare time. She’s not shy to show the beauties off – her Instagram feed is chock full of horse pictures. Her boyfriend is Karl Cook, a Grand Prix rider himself who also competed at the Longines World Cup™ Jumping Finals in Omaha, so at least they can ride together in her time off!
11. Russell Crowe
The Aussie actor has an intense love of horses and even runs a ranch in Nana Glen, a few hours outside Sydney. He’s said before that horses are “just like people”, and we have to agree! We all saw him ride in “Gladiator”, and anyone who can sit on a horse bareback as easily as Russel must be a horse lover. Russel even built stables for the movie ‘Australia’ as he was hoping to star in it, although Hugh Jackman won the role. Never mind, he’ll just have to buy more horses to fill the empty stables…
12. Jeremy Irons
The star of “Assassin’s Creed” and “Batman v Superman” has ridden horses since a young age, and now owns his own. In an interview in 2007, he called his horse Paddy one of his most treasured possessions, along with his dogs.
13. Richard Hammond
We know “The Hamster” as one third of the (former) Top Gear presenting team, but he and his family are all equestrian fans. They have a few horses on their farm, and Richard can even be seen riding in Top Gear, where he chases after Jeremy Clarkson on horseback.