Eventers name their horses after the darnedest things. Thus far in this series, we’ve singled out hundreds of USEA-registered event horses named after literary references, booze, eventing empires and monster trucks. Today we turn our gaze toward horses named after celebrities and other pop culture icons.
Let’s kick things off with a few event horses whose namesakes are Hollywood stars: George Clooney, John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe, Redford, Tom Cruise, Bridgette Bardot, Jimmy Stewart, James Dean, Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, Cosby and Charlie Chaplain. I bet hearing over the horse show loudspeaker that you’re “riding George Clooney” just never gets old.
Others have named their horses after characters rather than actors. While combing the USEA horse database I stumbled across a Ron Burgundy, Cosmo Kramer, Napoleon Dynamite, Jack Sparrow, Tony Stark, Forrest Gump, Vincent Vega, The Fonz and Austin Powers.
There’s a whole subset of horses named after bands and musicians: Lady Gaga, Mazzy Star, Mick Jagger, Ringo Star, Coldplay, Bruno Mars, will.i.am, Will Smith, Steeley Dan, Johnny Rotten, Johnny Cash, Elvis, Snoop Diggity Dog, Bob Marley, Tina Turner, Jimmy Buffet, Eminem, Cher, Springsteen, Bono, James Brown, Stevie Wonder and Frank Sinatra. I went to one horse trial where two horses named after rival jam bands, Widespread Panic and Phish, just happened to be competing against one another. And we’ve got to give an honorable mention to horses named after bad song puns (I’m Rexy and I Know It) and Katy Perry lyrics (Shake The Glitter Off).
Fashion designers are another popular source for names: There’s a CoCo Chanel, Jimmy Choo, Calvin Klein, Dior, Ralph Lauren, Giovanni Versace and Georgio Armani.
Moving right along, let’s hit up the oval office — is there anyone more famous, really, than the president? I found an Obama, Ron Reagan, Theodore Roosevelt, Eisenhower, Mister President, Jackie O and — wait for it — a Monica Lewinsky.
I’m sure I’m only scratching the surface here. Does your horse have a celebrity-inspired name? Share in the comments section below!