Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Glamour model Katie Price shows off her skills in the saddle at Horse of the Year show

It's more often associated with dancing round your handbag than trotting round the dressage ring.

But it was to the strains of her husband Peter Andre's cheesy 1996 hit record 'Mysterious Girl' that Jordan chose to make an entrance at the Horse of the Year Show today.

Despite the incongruous accompaniment, the former topless model was cheered and applauded by the crowd as she demonstrated her equestrian skills during her showcase slot at the tweedy event.
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Clothes horse show: Katie price shows off her skills in the saddle today at the Horse of the Year Show in Birmingham

Wearing a traditional black outfit with a touch of diamanté round the lapels, the 30-year-old and her mount, 'Jordan's Glamour Girl', continued their routine to 'Call on Me' by Eric Prydz and 'Sex Me Up' by Colour Me Bad.

Jordan, who now prefers to be known as Katie Price, has been keen to shrug off her tacky image and was said to be 'incredibly upset' when she was banned from attending the exclusive Cartier International Polo contest in Windsor for 'being too chavvy' earlier this year.

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Too chavvy for polo: But Katie showed she is passionate about horses

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Katie, centre, performed a routine to music with two other riders

But after her dressage display at the NEC arena in Birmingham yesterday, the mother-of-three insisted there was no snobbery among the horsey set.

She said: 'There are people out there who have knocked me, even yesterday. I still don’t understand it.

They’re asking why is someone like me doing dressage but when have you ever read so much about dressage? What's wrong with somebody like me doing it?
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Hot to trot: Jordan in action

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Prancing: Katie has been riding since she was seven

'I think I’m bringing glamour to it and I’ve only been doing it three months. I really enjoyed doing it. And everyone here has been very welcoming, there’s no snobbery.

'People in the horsebox area say ‘good luck’, they can appreciate the fact that I’ve been riding since I was seven. I’m really pleased with what I've done here.'

She added that she was serious about taking part in the 2012 Olympics, adding: 'Never underestimate Pricey.'

The astute businesswoman, who is worth £50million, also used the show to launched her KP Equestrian clothing line.
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Welcomed: Jordan said she had experienced no snobbery

She has also been unveiled as the face of Hoof, a campaign run by the British Equestrian Federation, which aims to encourage inner-city children to take up riding in time for the London Olympics.

Horse of the Year Show Director, Mark Wein said: 'We're delighted Katie joined us.

'As a passionate and committed rider, Katie fully appreciates the efforts required to qualify for the Show and is relishing the opportunity to showcase her developing skills alongside our expert competitors.'
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Katie entered the ring to the sound of Mysterious Girl, her husband Peter Andre's cheesy top ten hit


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