It is hard to remember the famously stoic Mary-Kate Olsen has a soft side for horses.
The 32-year-old actress turned fashion mogul showed off her equine skills on Thursday at the Longines Global Champions Tour at Club de Campo Villa in Madrid. Mary-Kate wore white jodhpurs and a black cropped jacket as she competed in the international show jumping competition.
The “New York Minute” star had laser-like focus during her competition Thursday as she soared over fences with her horses Fatum and Naomi.
Mary-Kate is best known for her role in “Full House,” in which she played daughter Michelle Tanner alongside her twin sister, Ashley Olsen.
While the famous twins are now considered icons in the fashion world, Mary-Kate has also garnered a respectable reputation in the equine world as well. Mary-Kate began riding when she was 6 years old but took a brief break when she enrolled in NYU.
“[Riding] allows me to practice being accepting, patient, disciplined, compassionate, competitive, and all of those other emotions that are very important to have in your everyday life,” she said in her HITS profile. “Horses teach you a lot about yourself.”
The Olsen twins left the world of acting in 2012 and started their fashion labels The Row and Elizabeth & James. Mary-Kate continues to take inspiration from her equestrian roots to further the success of her fashion lines.
“One of The Row’s first blazers was inspired by one of my first show jumping coats,” she revealed.
Mary-Kate was disqualified during her run with Fatum due to an “error of course” but placed sixth in her class with her horse Naomi. Her husband, French billionaire Olivier Sarkozy, was in attendance to watch his wife compete.
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