William Shatner and Horses

 

Shatner kicked off the 2010 World Equestrian games last year during the opening ceremony held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, home of the Kentucky Derby. Mr. Shatners Saddle Bred farm is in Versailles, Kentucky.

 

Here is how it all started

 

During the 1983 filming of a T.J. Hooker episode at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, William Shatner noticed a black Saddlebred stallion he couldn’t stop thinking about. The horse, Sultan’s Great Day, was a coal-black son of the legendary Supreme Sultan, but that didn’t matter to Shatner. All he cared about was buying the beautiful horse, which he paid a premium for because of his inexperience in the horse business. 

With Great Day’s purchase, Shatner dove headlong into breeding and showing Saddlebreds in addition to his reining Quarter Horses. Great Day was twice World Champion in fine harness and was retired to the breeding barn at Shatner’s Belle Reve Farm in Kentucky while the reining horses remained in California. He has since added Standardbreds to their breeding program.

In 1990 Shatner established the annual Hollywood Charity Horse Show, bringing together top reining horses and riders, world famous musicians, and a charity auction to benefit therapeutic riding programs for disabled children. One ticket to the event costs $300 and the 2011 show raised $375,000 for L.A.-area charities. Shatner even saddles up to give reining demonstrations at various charity events, like the 4R Performance Horses Celebrity Slide that benefits the Make A Wish Foundation. 
William Shatner aboard Smoke ‘N War Wind at the 2010 Del Mar National Horse Show. Photo by Rick Osteen
 

Shatner and his wife Elizabeth established the Therapeutic Riding Consortium Endowment for Israel with the help of the Jewish National Fund in 2006 to benefit programs for children of various ethnicity’s throughout Israel. It was during his time in Israel that Shatner learned the Hebrew phrase, “Sussim osim nissim,” meaning “horses make miracles.”
Up Till Now by William Shatner
 A serious competitor in reining, Shatner was named Pacific Coast Year End Horse of the Year All-Around Amateur in reining in 2009. The following year he participated in the opening ceremonies of the FEI World Equestrian Games at Kentucky Horse Park with Call Me Ringo, a son of Sultan’s Great Day that he bred himself. In 2010 artist Katherine Bogucki sculpted Call Me Ringo for Stone Model Horses.

Shatner, always looking for opportunities to spend time with his horses, is able to sum up his passion for them in one sentence: “Riding a horse is freedom, love, and a connection with nature.”
 

 

 

 

 

William Shatner discussing the 22nd annual William Shatner Priceline.com

Hollywood Charity Horse show . Held at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even in the Very Last appearence as Captain James Tiberius Kirk,

William Shatner wanted to have a horse in the movie “Generations”

He certainly rode off into the sunset.