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Portrait of a Rider

by habituallychic

06 . 28 . 10

When I was researching my last post on Equestrian Chic, I came across an interesting book entitled The Private Passion of Jackie Kennedy Onassis: Postrait of a Rider. Jackie started riding at a very young age as you can see by some of the photos here and continued to ride with her own children. She spent much of her time riding in Middleburg, Virginia and attending horse shows throughout her life. Horseback riding teaches poise, posture and confidence so perhaps it is what accounted for her ever present grace under pressure. Definitely makes me want to sign up for lessons! Giddyup!

“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” – Winston Churchill

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  1. Piper (DailyDivaDish) June 28, 2010 | 3:28 pm

    Jackie was just such a class act. If this was how she achieved that amazing poise under pressure – I’m with you…sign me up too!
    XO Piper

  2. Ivy Lane June 28, 2010 | 3:32 pm

    such wonderful images.. I love Churchill’s quote!

  3. SPLENDEROSA June 28, 2010 | 3:38 pm

    Such an elegance about her, no matter what she was doing. Thank you for some nice memories. Growing up my daughter rode Hunt Seat…girls & horses…a very good thing. xx’s

  4. Sarah M. Winchester June 28, 2010 | 3:55 pm

    All of these are just gorgeous!

  5. the gardeners cottage June 28, 2010 | 4:01 pm

    i believe that whatever poise i possess, i learned on the back of a horse. you are so right.


  6. kim c June 28, 2010 | 4:01 pm

    Hi Heather,
    Saw a picture of you with Charlotte Moss in the little augury blog. How fun! That must have been a great event!! Lucky you!

  7. splendidmarket.com June 28, 2010 | 4:24 pm

    I never tire of seeing her image.

  8. Elle June 28, 2010 | 4:25 pm

    What a fabulous find! I adore Jackie, and I have been horse crazy my whole life! Thank you for sharing….

    I’m especially drooling over that picture of Jackie on the horse with Jon Jon and Caroline riding her pony next to them… it reminds me of fall!

  9. Heidiopia June 28, 2010 | 4:51 pm

    She looks so at home on horseback– the picture of poise and grace. I’ve never seen these before, so thank you!

  10. EJR June 28, 2010 | 5:42 pm

    I love this book, I own it!

  11. Black Zebra June 28, 2010 | 7:10 pm

    I want to get this book for my daughter. She’s 10yrs old and has been ridding for the past three years.TOTALLY LOVES IT!!! you’re quite right about posture and poise,she has become a “right little posh Madam” now because of ridding…..Its great though, as long as she is happy…..bloody expensive!

  12. sharon June 28, 2010 | 8:08 pm

    These are such beautiful pictures, especially to someone who takes huge pleasure in riding out with my own children.
    Love the Churchill quote too.

  13. Suze Yalof Schwartz June 29, 2010 | 1:48 am

    LOVE JACKIE!!!!!! Amazing post!

  14. Renata June 29, 2010 | 11:31 am

    Fantastic post and pictures – I love Jackie and I love horseback riding, so I really enjoyed seeing all of these pics!!!

  15. Claudia Juestel July 2, 2010 | 3:57 am

    Thank for a wonderful look back at a fascinating woman, stylish on every occasion.



  16. 'Megan' July 22, 2010 | 12:50 pm

    Interesting to see those pictures. I once saw a brief film reel of Jackie riding a pony and jumping with a friend, very evocative – all sunlight and stubble fields.