11.16.2011

The Opinionated Equestrian

Everyday I do a search for "equestrian" in the news. Most of the results are in regards to celebrities selling "equestrian" properties, and various other stories ranging from closures of riding centers, to reports of riders who were injured while in the arena or out on the trail. 


Today I saw a unique headline that immediately caught my eye. 


"Hot to trot: Saucy horse-riding students strip down to their riding boots for charity calendar (and become mascots for touring soldiers in the process)."


The article is about riders from Leed University's Equestrian Society, who made a calendar in which they wear nothing but black lace underwear and their tall riding boots, in order to raise money for the Otley and District Riding for the Disabled Charity. 


After the photos for the calendar popped up online, the team started getting messages from soldiers from Company A, Fifth Battalion The Rifles, who are currently touring in Afghanistan. The riders had become the company's official mascots. The girls, of course, were honored and sent the company signed calendars and promises to keep in touch. 


Stripping down for a good cause is nothing new. Plenty of celebrities, including Eva Mendes, Khloe Kardashian, Madonna, Amanda Beard, and Steve-O have all posed nude for PETA's "I'd rather go naked than wear fur" campaign. (Link NSFW) 

Personally, I think this group of equestrians has the right idea. After the initial shock of seeing tons of bare bottoms, I got over the whole nude aspect of these images and saw them for what they really were; a way for college girls to use their readily available resources in order to do something great for a local charity. If all it takes is a little side-boob to raise the money to fund practices such as therapeutic riding, then I'm all for it. I bet the soldiers aren't complaining either.

Does combining almost nude girls with the traditional sport of horseback riding disturb you or intrigue you? 








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