What is in a name? Well, quite a lot if you are in the world of horse racing and equestrianism… If you ask anyone in the world of horse racing betting today how they choose what horse they want to bet on, you’ll get various answers. Some diligently do their homework and look at form and stats to make their best, others look through the odds to see which of the racers looks to be the favourite – and some simply choose the horse by its name.
That’s why, in the world of equestrian sports, naming horses isn’t a simple, everyday take. It often involves a mix of creativity, opinion and personal significance. Although there are some that opt for traditional or meaningful names, others often draw inspiration from popular culture… including the realm of music. As such, it’s not uncommon to find horses that have names paying homage to famous singers, bands or other musical icons… adding a little bit of melody to the horsey world.
Frankel – Will You Remember Me?
One of the most celebrated and famous personalities in recent history is a racehorse named Frankel who was named after the legendary American crooner, Ole Blue Eyes – Frank Sinatra… and this horse has achieved some serious success in the world of horse racing. Frankel, the horse, mirrored the charisma and charm of Sinatra as he dominated the racetracks with an unbeaten record that solidified his name in the world of horse racing.
One for the Single Ladies
Another memorable horse, named Beyoncé after The world-famous Queen Bee, captured hearts in the world of show jumping. This beautiful and graceful horse had a name Inspired by the multi-talented pop sensation Beyoncé Knowles – and she showcased elegance, agility, and a winning spirit – not too dissimilar to her namesake’s stage presence. Beyoncé (the horse) has mesmerised audiences with her performances… much like the singer herself.
Another horse named after a world-famous singer can be found in the realm of dressage, the name Elton speaks for itself and needs no explanation. This horse, which pays homage to the iconic Elton John, displayed flair and finesse… and had a captivating presence in the dressage arena. Known for his musical genius, Elton John’s name is intrinsically linked with poise and artistry… and this is reflected in his impressive equine namesake.
Next on our list of famously named horses – we have a real country star… Dolly is a tribute to the incomparable beautiful buxom blonde, Dolly Parton. This horse, much like the country music icon herself, captivated those around her with charm, warmth, and an infectious spirit. Whether on the competition grounds or during leisurely rides, Dolly the horse carried a sense of joy and vibrancy.
A Kind of Magic
A King of the equestrian world – or should we say a Queen, the racing world has also witnessed the rise of an impressive horse called Freddie. Named after the legendary late, great frontman of Queen, Freddie Mercury, this horse embodied a spirit of sheer determination and showmanship – as did our own Freddie. He had a stride that echoed Mercury’s stage presence – and a presence that was hard to ignore… and A Kind of Magic left quite an unforgettable mark in the racing circuit.
There have been many more – Stevie, named after Steve Nicks and Adele, named after the woman so famous she doesn’t even need a last name. All of these horses brought to the horse riding and racing world not just their athletic prowess, but also a sense of connection to the artists they were named after. Whether it was the powerful presence of Frankel, the regality of Beyoncé, the flair of Elton, the legend of Dolly or the showmanship of Freddie, these horses have embodied the spirit of those singers they were meant to honour.
The names bestowed upon these highly memorable horses not only added an extra dimension to their identities, but they can add to their sense of appeal. Who doesn’t want to follow – or bet on a horse named after their favourite singer?