The Cheltenham Festival is one of the most exciting horse racing events in the United Kingdom. Since the 1860s, elite racers from all over Britain and Ireland have converged on Gloucestershire to compete in a series of races over the course of a single week. But, according to Irish horse racing legend Sir Anthony McCoy, the Cheltenham Festival “is as much about the horses as it is about the tweed.” Every year, those attending the festival dust off their finest tweed suits for everyone to see. But, if the spectators and jockeys get to dress to the nines, shouldn’t the horses be allowed to as well?
It’s no secret that horses are some of the most beautiful creatures on this planet. There are all kinds of gorgeous breeds that the average person has never even heard of. Heck, there are even some breeds that only existed for a short time in our nation’s history, but made a huge impact while they were around. Horses are a spectrum of beauty, and no shaved pattern or outfit could ever rival their natural look. That isn’t to say that they can’t get dressed up for a fun festival like Cheltenham, though.
This year marks the first year in which a horse will don a three-piece tweed suit. If that sounds a little silly, that’s because it is. Morestead, the beloved veteran racehorse, will be rolling (or should I say galloping?) up to this year’s festival in his best garb. Check out the pictures below to see what the world’s first horse suit looks like in action.
Meet Morestead. He’s the veteran racehorse modelling the world’s first three-piece suit tailored for a horse. Morestead will be debuting his new outfit at this year’s Cheltenham Festival. There are a few distinct differences from your average tweed suit, namely the ear holes in the cap.
Morestead’s suit is made of over 59 feet of tweed. For reference, that is roughly 10 times more tweed than is required to make a human suit. That’s a ton of fabric, but it’s nothing compared to the 200 miles of combined tweed worn by everyone in attendance at each year’s festival! Tweed is a closely woven, rough fabric. It is considered to be traditional clothing for people residing in the Irish or British countryside. Many see it as perfect informal outerwear, which explains why it is the ideal fit for a racing festival like Cheltenham.
Here he is modelling with famous jockey Sir Anthony McCoy. You have to admit that their matching outfits are like nothing you’ve ever seen before. Horse blankets are an important article of clothing in the equestrian world, so what’s wrong with letting Morestead wear something a little more snazzy?
These two will certainly be stealing the show at this year’s festival, which is currently going on in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.
If you’d like to learn more about this unique four-legged fashion project, check out the video below.
H/T: William Hill