Year of the Horse: Cinematic Equestrian Wear

* Special extra feature: Chinese New Year! *

Today is Chinese New Year, ushering in the Year of the Horse! In honour of this occasion, I am doing a special extra feature on cinematic riding clothes….

Needless to say, there are countless characters in movies who ride horses – so I’ve just chosen a select few examples with what I consider to be particularly nice riding wear.

First, the two protagonists of Australia (2008)…. Both wear fantastic ensembles, with button-down shirts, neckerchiefs, and outback hats:

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Hugh Jackman as “the Drover” (as he is called throughout the film) looks entirely at home in the saddle, thanks in part to his riding-friendly attire:

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As for Nicole Kidman’s character Lady Sarah Ashley, she starts out like this….

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…but gradually gets down and dirty, transforming into this:

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“Bring the horse!”

On a comparable cinematic note, we have Tom Burlinson in The Man from Snowy River (1982), evidencing similarly Australian style:

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Best of all is the hat… his signature “brim-tugging” salute tugged at hearts as well!

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The sequel, Return to Snowy River (1988), is (in my opinion) a much less memorable movie overall, but Jim Craig does at least get to work the hat again:

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Back in England, we have Sean Bean in jodhpurs & tweeds in Black Beauty (1994):

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And in The Black Stallion (1979), Kelly Reno breaks in the horse whilst wearing next to nothing, then dresses in cute 1940s newsboy-type apparel back home, & finally dons his trainer’s old-fashioned jockey “silks” for the big race:

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Finally, there’s Viggo Mortensen in Hidalgo (2004), about which an acquaintance once commented, “I like the tight trousers!”:

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But for sheer horsy amazing-ness, this scene from The Man from Snowy River takes the cake, I think….

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 Gung hay fat choy! & wishing you a wonderful Year of the Horse!

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* Cinemattire will be going on holiday for a little while…. If you are in urgent need of ogling cinema couture, please feel free to peruse past posts! *

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7 thoughts on “Year of the Horse: Cinematic Equestrian Wear

    • Thank you! 🙂
      I remember someone saying to me that maybe they just turned the camera diagonally, so we re-checked and found that indeed, the trees are vertical, so presumably that’s just really steep & skilful riding. Amazing!

    • Thanks so much for your comment! I’m glad you enjoyed the post, especially as you must be much more knowledgeable than I am regarding all things equestrian! 🙂

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