Cheltenham Festival 2016: Racehorse models world’s first equine tweed suit

Bookmaker William Hill commissioned the tweed suit to celebrate the start of this year’s festival

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The world’s first Harris Tweed suit designed specifically for a race horse has been revealed by 20-time champion jockey Sir Anthony McCoy ahead of this year’s Cheltenham Festival.

The new equestrian fashion range, modelled by veteran race horse Morestead, features a three-piece suit complete with shirt, tie and flat cap.

Sir Anthony McCoy, a Cheltenham Gold Cup champion on two occasions, was pictured getting into the spirit of the annual festival whilst riding Morestead.

The horse outfit was commissioned by bookmaker William Hill, who tasked former Alexander McQueen apprentice, Emma Sandham-King, with creating a Harris Tweed suit to celebrate the start of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival.


Ms Sandham-King commented on the unique request.

“Creating the world’s first tweed suit for a horse has been one of the biggest challenges that I have faced in my career as a designer. We have used 18 metres of genuine Harris Tweed to create the head turning fashion garment.

“Some models can be real divas, but veteran racing horse Morestead was calm and a pleasure to work with. Tweed is undergoing a massive revival and this year’s Cheltenham Festival will see the most tweed worn since the 1960s.”

Cheltenham Festival kicks off on Tuesday 15th March 2016.