The Breeders’ Cup horse racing competition is coming up on November 4, and the inaugural of the richest race in the world, the $12 million Pegasus World Cup, will be taking place on January 28, 2017. However, is there a strong possibility that Niall Horan might be interested in more horse racing events like these because of his possible connection to horses in the media in 2016?
To prepare for Halloween, Niall Horan joined his old friend, James Corden, in a segment where they sang their rendition of “Pony” by Ginuwine, according to USA Today. On the Late Late Show on October 27, Niall Horan and James Corden sang their song and wore a series of costumes.
Paying homage to Niall Horan’s older female fans, the video depicted him as being so sexy in his pirate costume that a treat-giver poured a bowl of candy over her head as if it was a bucket of water.
Regardless, “Pony” is not the first time a horse reference has been tied to Niall Horan in 2016. In June, Niall Horan was at the Royal Ascot horse races in England, and according to Mirror, he looked particularly well-dressed at the event.
As far as horse references and Niall Horan go, the plot thickens because Mark McDonnell, the manager of Niall Horan’s Modest Golf Management company, left his job at TaylorMade/Adidas to start working with Niall.
Are these horse references signs that Niall Horan is somehow involved with horse racing more than fans first suspected because he hired Mark McDonnell? Also, is TaylorMade the golf equipment company the same as the TaylorMade company involved in horse racing?
If so, Niall Horan’s participation at the Royal Ascot might hold more significance than previously expected, and it might be a hint that he will expand his golf management company to include other non-street sport events.
Instead, online, it appears that there is only a connection between the horse racing company and the golf equipment company because they both share the name, “TaylorMade.”
The companies are not connected and are two separate companies, but there are several news reports that obscure this separation. For example, TaylorMade, the horse stable, also owns an adjacent golf course, according to Club and Resort Business.
Nevertheless, it should be no surprise to see Niall Horan involved with horses or horse racing because many celebrities are fans of the sport.
For example, at the 2016 Kentucky Derby, celebrities such as Entourage‘s Adrian Grenier, Jon Voight of Ray Donovan, and Dean Norton of Breaking Bad attended the event, according to the Courier-Journal.
Many celebrities are also visiting horse farms and attempting to bring awareness to causes such as the wild horse problem described by the American Wild Horse Preservation Society. For example, Ellie Fanning recently visited a wild horse sanctuary, according to Just Jared Jr.
There are also couples that give each other the gift of a rescue horse, according to UPI. Allegedly, Channing Tatum got a rescue horse from his wife, Jenna Dewan, for his birthday and spent time riding the horse.
Naturally, Niall Horan might be focused on horses just like the rest of the world because of the upcoming 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. Not only will there be a focus on equestrian or horse events that are already scheduled to take place, according to Daily Mail, but there is also a chance a record will be broken.
The attention placed on the 2020 Olympics centers around Hiroshi Hoketsu as a participate. In 2016, Hiroshi Hoketsu forewent the 2016 Rio Olympics due to poor health, and many were disappointed that he did not attend because it would have made him a record holder for the oldest Olympian to ever participate in the games in history.
Regardless, according to Equus, Hiroshi Hoketsu will be 79 in 2020, and it is possible that he will participate in the Tokyo Olympics. Translated from his profile page, his personal slogan is “I will stop riding horses when I can no longer find progress from myself and my horse.”
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