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Horse in a tweed suit will be mane event at British festival

Designer Emma Sandham-King used 36 feet of Harris Tweed for veteran racehorse Morestead's suit, 10 times as much as for a human suit.
/ Source: TODAY

Horses are among the most fashionable of all domesticated animals: After all, they have saddles, bridles, blankets, bows and ribbons for their hair. Maybe that's why there's a competition called dressage.

But now one veteran racehorse is about to stirrup a whole new range of fashion wear for equines. Meet Morestead and his custom-made tweed suit (including cap, tie and shirt)!

Putting neigh-sayers to shame, Morestead will be the mane event when he trots into the Cheltenham Festival, an annual racing event in Britain where attendees traditionally wear tweed, later this week.

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Morestead, with champion jockey Anthony McCoy, both in tweed.
Morestead, with champion jockey Anthony McCoy, both in tweed.YouTube

The suit was commissioned by bookmaker William Hill and designed by onetime Alexander McQueen apprentice Emma Sandham-King—. It took her four weeks to make the outfit using 36 feet of Harris Tweed (about 10 times as much for a human suit). Talk about harnessing creativity!

"Creating the world’s first tweed suit for a horse has been one of the biggest challenges that I have faced in my career as a designer," Sandham-King said in a statement to The Daily Mail. Not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, she added: "Some models can be real divas, but veteran racing horse Morestead was calm and a pleasure to work with."

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More of Morestead, in and out of his new suit.
More of Morestead, in and out of his new suit.TODAY

Refusing to bridle at fashion fame, Morestead remains stable in the hot glare of the spotlight. But if you want to see him, you'd better saddle up and gallop over to Gloucester soon: the festival won't be on furlong!

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