"The one thing I do not want to be called is First Lady. It sounds like a saddle horse." ~Jackie Kennedy, 1960
Mad Men! I'm obsessed with this 1960's era soap opera. When Betty Draper, desperate housewife antecedent, started riding, I went nuts. I enjoy those riding scenes as much for the beauty of the horses, which is timeless, as for the pure fun of finding the production faux pas.
Friends in the blogsphere, including me, enjoy criticizing what January Jones is wearing (skin hugging modern breeches instead of loose cotton jodhpurs), the tack (something about the bridle, I guess, and the blanket is cut all wrong!).
Others enjoy dishing on her riding skills, poor thing. I mean, Jones is clearly a novice rider even if the story line tries to make it look like she's a jumping, galloping fool. What drives me nuts is the way she dismounts, putting all her weight into the left stirrup and swinging her leg over instead of dropping her irons like we all learned in the first lesson. Or is that really how they dismounted in the '60's?
If the producers didn't know what a 1960's era equestrian looked like, all they had to do was find photos of Jackie Kennedy, First Horsewoman. She always looks beautiful in those old black and whites, but she looks happiest on a horse.