The Bachelorette Goes Equestrian (Again)


Editor’s Note: You may have heard that there were some interesting horse scenes in this week’s episode of ABC’s The Bachelorette. We turned to Horse Illustrated Reality TV Correspondent Holly Caccamise for a play-by-play of what happened.

The Bachelorette Goes Equestrian Again


It’s time for another inexplicable “horse date” on The Bachelorette! (Tap here to read about the last one and here to read about the time a Mini Horse appeared with a contestant on The Bachelor.)

I don’t get it. I don’t get why combining non-horse people with horses is supposed to be such compelling television. Are horses kitschy? Nostalgic? Fluffy and cute yet also dangerous? I just can’t see this through the eyes of a “normal” person.


Anthony, a 26-year-old Education Software Manager, tells us his date card said he’d be going to the rodeo, so he thought he was going to have to rope a cow or something. “I’m up for anything!” Good attitude.

The Bachelorette Goes Equestrian Again


Turns out the date is shopping on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills … on horseback. “I’ve never been on a horse before!” he says. However, he was much more graceful at mounting than that disaster we saw from JoJo last season.

So, off they go. Literally just riding down the street. People everywhere are gawking and taking pictures and screaming at the bachelorette—”We love you Rachel!” It IS nice to finally see some diversity on this show.

The Bachelorette Goes Equestrian Again


The Bachelorette Goes Equestrian Again


First stop, boot store. Because of course. Anthony wears a size “13 or 14” (!!). He gets some pretty red boots—I am pained to think what those cost on Rodeo Drive. Rachel gets some matchy red flower boots, they both put on a hat, and they’re ready to be fake cowboys for a day! (At least she’s from Texas, so we’ll give her a pass.)

The Bachelorette Goes Equestrian Again


Then they go to a “cupcake ATM” (apparently this is a real thing), and discover one of them is called a Horse Cupcake. Anthony gets one and feeds it to the horse. Um … hmm.

The Bachelorette Goes Equestrian Again


At the next store, also very inexplicably, they both get coats similar to high school letterman jackets. It’s probably 80 degrees as they film this.

Finally, the inevitable happens. One of the horses makes a poopie in the store. They pixelate it out because … ??? I see so much of that every day I really don’t think of it as anything but mildly processed hay. At least it didn’t happen in the boot store; they had a white carpet!

The Bachelorette Goes Equestrian Again


They ride off once again and that’s it. Very strange. Not really sure what bonding was supposed to occur when two non-horse people are trying to concentrate on riding and shopping and smiling for the screaming fans.

Until next time!

Holly Caccamise is Managing Editor of Horse Illustrated. She watches reality television so you don’t have to.

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Holly Caccamise has been with Horse Illustrated and Young Rider since 2007, and in August 2019, she took over as head editor. She’s been instrumental in the production of both magazines and helped Horse Illustrated win a 2018 American Horse Publications Media Award in the General Excellence Self-Supported Publication (circulation 15,000 and over) category. Before getting involved in the editorial side of print media, she worked as an award-winning ad copywriter for Thoroughbred Times magazine. Caccamise has her MS in Animal Science from the University of Kentucky, where she studied equine nutrition and exercise physiology, and her Bachelor’s from UCLA in Biology. Caccamise has also worked as a research assistant, horse camp counselor teaching riding and vaulting, and as a top-level show groom in the eventing world, where she continues to compete her horse, Artie, at the lower levels.



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