Jackie Onassis needs no introduction for her innate grace and enduring confidence and sense of style as First Lady to John F Kennedy during his presidency of the United States. Yet Jackie was also an avid equestrienne, climbing atop her first pony at the tender age of one and beginning formal dressage lessons at just six years old.
We remember her for the immaculate donning of the ultra-feminine Chanel suit and pillbox hat, and celebrate a faultless frock selection throughout the decades. Jackie was, however, perhaps happiest and most beautiful while wearing riding boots together with pared-down white linen shirt – laughing in the saddle on her family farm, with John and her children close by.
As a child, her pony was her delight, and as a woman, riding served as a respite from an often tumultuous life amid politics and the adoring public eye.
Jackie exists for us now as an almost mythical figure, a magical première femme embodying free and refined beauty despite knowing deep tragedy and immense fame during her lifetime. Her years spent at home in the saddle provide us with a glimpse of a deeply personal and peaceful ritual of one of the most stylish women to have captured our hearts. There is nothing more beautiful than a woman at home in her own skin.