Songs that lend a voice to the equestrian world in a way only music can.
I’m always intrigued when a band decided to title a track “Equestrian.” It’s a rare glimpse in to how the artistic mind thinks about the sport of horseback riding. And while I’m not always pleased by the portrayal, those “Equestrian” tracks that strike a chord with me are truly wonderful.
Case in point: A few years ago I fortunately stumbled upon the recently disbanded U.S. Royalty’s “Equestrian” track. The band vaguely describes this song as a Washington Irving-inspired tune, and I’m desperate to find reference to the Headless Horseman in the song! A steady diet of Cormac McCarthy (author of “All The Pretty Horses”) and spaghetti westerns also inspired the album.
The result is a most romantic take on what it means to be a free-spirited equestrian. Imagine a bareback mustang and a moonlit ride in the mountains. Now you are getting the vibe of “Equestrian”.
Just this month, another “Equestrian” tune graced the world. This one is by the post-punk Atlanta trio Omni, and it couldn’t be more different from the previous U.S. Royalty track. Nevertheless, like it or not, Omni has equally nailed what it means for some to be an equestrian.
Lyrically, this “Equestrian” appears to be about a mundane hotel stay, but it’s the tune’s revelry in conspicuous consumption that really makes a point. “You know you’re worth it / You can’t afford it” croons lead singer and bassist Philip Frobos. I think most equestrians with a healthy sense of humor will take his point.
Check out the full track here, and bonus points if the intro chords remind you of the Bruce Springsteen song often co-opted by equestrians, “Born to Run”!