Posted on 21st October 2013
Which NBA Stars Love to Ride Horses?
Basketball players perhaps aren’t the sort of people you wouldn’t automatically associate with owning and riding horses.
Yet, there have been plenty of examples over the years of NBA stars who seem to love nothing more than spending time with their horses.
Marc Jackson Rides to Experience Peace
Jackson grew up in Philadelphia and was drafted by the Golden State Warriors in the second round of the NBA Draft in 1997. Since he was picked in the second round, he chose to go to Europe for his first pro contract instead, playing in Turkey and Spain before returning to the NBA with the Warriors and then going on a globe-trotting career in pro basketball.
He mentions his hobby of looking after horses in several interviews, and says that he has owned up to six of them at one time. He said that it is “something that I truly love”. Known for his intensity on the basketball court, Jackson says that riding a horse is his escape and a way of being at peace for a while.
His first experiences with horses came as a child, when his family traveled from Philadelphia to the fields of South Carolina. He now says that his basketball career has given him options in life, including that of working with horses. When he played with the Minnesota Timberwolves, a fan of the team showed him how to look after the animals, and he then found himself in horse heaven when he moved to Oklahoma.
Shawn Bradley Has a Cattle Ranch
At 2,29 meters tall, Bradley is one of the tallest players to ever enter the NBA. Born in West Germany and affectionately known as the Stormin’ Mormon, he was raised in a farm in Utah and became one of the most successful college basketball players in the state’s history when playing for Brigham Young University.
His pro career started with fairly brief spells at the Philadelphia 76ers and then the New Jersey Nets, before he spent eight seasons as the Dallas Mavericks. He is known for his charitable work but the idea of such a tall man riding a horse seems curious to some people when they first find out that he does this regularly in his new job as a cowboy.
In fact, he owns a cattle ranch in Utah, with around 350 head of cattle on it. Reports suggest that he spends a lot of time riding horses and that the biggest issue he has is in finding a suitable horse and a saddle that is big enough for him. He said that a 16-hand horse is the smallest type that he can even consider riding.
Stephen Curry Rode a Miniature Horse
One of the most popular players in the NBA for his charity work and friendly manner, Curry was born in Ohio and had a fine college basketball career with the Davidson Wildcats before turning pro. The Golden State Warriors picked him in the 2009 draft and he is still playing there at the time of writing.
If you enjoy basketball betting, then Curry is a name you will be familiar with.
He is a common name in the NBA expert picks, as you can read here: extra.betamerica.com/nba/nba-free-picks-expert-predictions/
His glittering career includes being a three-time NBA champion, six-time NBA All-Star, and various other prizes. His incredible scoring exploits include becoming the first NBA player to score 400 three-pointers in a single season, with many experts rating him as one of the best players to ever grace the league.
In terms of horses, his greatest claim to fame arrived when the Warriors social media coordinator Julie Phayer sent a tweet showing a Vine of Curry riding a miniature horse.
He might not look like someone who has spent a lot of time riding horses, but his nice-guy persona shows through in the way he sweetly treats the horse.
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