2015 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

Find out what grabbed AQHA’s attention in the 2015 Sports Illustrated issue.

American Quarter Horse Ready For Logan was featured with Sports Illustrated models in the 2015 swimsuit issue (Sports Illustrated logo).

The 2015 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue hit stands last week. The issue has created quite a bit of buzz, from the controversy of Hannah Davis’ bikini bottoms on the cover to the introduction of Robyn Lawley as the first-ever plus-size model to be featured in an editorial spread in the magazine’s annual swimsuit issue.

However, the hot topic that made AQHA interested in this year’s issue was a different breed of American beauty. This year, Sports Illustrated moved from the beach to a horse farm for the photo shoot. The photo shoot took place at Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee. For the first time ever, an American Quarter Horse was featured in the highly anticipated Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.

American Quarter Horse Ready For Logan, a 2001 bay gelding, made his modeling debut in the issue. The gelding, sired by Pets Ready Chex and out of Sandy Cheetah, is owned by Patricia Parker of Melbourne, Kentucky. Another American Quarter Horse, Skyrocket To Stardum, is featured on Sports Illustrated’s website and videos. The 2003 bay gelding, sired by Intimidate The Sky and out of Winnie The Star, is owned by Nancy Kruger of Crouse, North Carolina.

In between photo sessions, the models explored the Blackberry Farm on horseback. The farm offers lessons for all levels. The resort features nine miles of complex trails on a dedicated 1,000 acres. Surrounding lakes also offer kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding and some of the best fly-fishing in the eastern U.S. For more information on Blackberry Farm, visit www.blackberryfarm.com.

Be sure to pick up your copy of the 2015 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue on newsstands today to see these gorgeous equine models in action. We’ll leave it up to you to decide if you want to look at anything else in the magazine.