Madonna may have said it best: “Music makes the people come together.” Whether you listen to pop, rock, rap, or country, music is often the narration of a rider’s day. When you’re spending the majority of your spare time commuting from the barn to shows and everywhere in between, finding the perfect tune to match your state of mind is often the best way to pass the time.
So, no matter what your current mood, we compiled a horse show soundtrack perfect for every commuting rider.
When you need to pump yourself up for the horse show:
- “The Greatest”—Sia (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
- “HandClap”—Fitz & The Tantrums
You’re free to be the greatest, and you can definitely make their hands clap when you put in that clear round you’re about to ride when you reach your destination.
When you’re going home with the blue ribbon:
- “All I Do Is Win”—DJ Khaled (feat. T-Pain, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg & Rick Ross)
- “On Top of the World”—Imagine Dragons
So maybe you fit a second-place round in there on occasion. For the moment, you’re on top, and you’re celebrating for as long as you can.
When you need to calm your pre-show nerves:
- “The Remedy (I Won’t Worry)”—Jason Mraz
I won’t worry my life away…It repeats so you can keep reinforcing the message.
When you’re horse show road tripping all summer long:
- “Vacation”—Thomas Rhett
Got a couple bucks, but I’m spending like they’re pesos. Might be Motel Six-ing, but it feels like Turks and Caicos!
When you’ve had a less than ideal day at the horse show:
- “Rise”—Katy Perry
- “Comeback Kid”—The Band Perry
Whichever Perry you choose, you’ll be motivated to get back on and try again at the next opportunity.
When you’re feeling like you’re in a slump:
- “Shake It Off”—Taylor Swift
Whether you’re a member of the “Swifties” or not, you could always use a reminder to shake off the bad vibes and keep on going.
When you look around the horse show and realize you’re behind on the latest trend:
- “Be as You Are”—Mike Posner
Be bold. Be a green show coat in a sea of black. Ride a Thoroughbred in Warmblood’s world. Wear a belt that doesn’t have an “H” buckle…
When you’re going through growing pains with your horse:
- “Stand By You”—Rachel Platten
Even if we’re breaking down, we can find a way to break through.
When you’re headed to the show much too early and coffee isn’t enough:
- “GDFR”—Flo Rida (feat. Sage the Gemini & Lookas)
It’s going down, for real. If there’s anyone who can wake you up in the morning, it’s Flo Rida.
When you win a money class:
- “24K Magic”—Bruno Mars
Put your—pinky—rings up—to the—moon!
When you want to channel your inner Beezie or McLain:
Between them, Beezie Madden and McLain Ward own a whopping eight gold medals. They each earned team gold medals from the Athens (2004) and Beijing (2008) Olympic Games and the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara. Madden was also part of the gold medal-winning U.S. team at the 2003 Pan Ams in Santo Domingo, and Ward added an individual gold medal from the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto.
When you get to the WEF parking lot and begin the seemingly endless search for a parking spot:
- “Jungle”— X Ambassadors & Jamie N Commons
It really is a jungle out there.
When you find the perfect horse:
I call it magic, I call it true, I call it magic when I’m with you.
When you’re about to ride a flat class and need to get noticed by the judge:
- “Focus”—Ariana Grande
Focus on me—fuh, fuh, focus on me! Hey!
When you’re feeling the grind of circuit:
- “It’s Quiet Uptown”—Kelly Clarkson
You would like it uptown. It’s quiet uptown. (This mix tape track from the ever-popular Hamilton musical will have you belting out the lyrics at the top of your lungs.)
When you’re gearing up for the next World Cup Qualifier:
- “Omaha”—Counting Crows
Omaha: It’s somewhere in middle America, and it’s the home of the 2017 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping and FEI Dressage Finals in March.
When something or someone else tries to steal you away from your horse:
- “NO”—Meghan Trainor
My name is, “No,” my sign is, “No,” my number is, “No.” You need to let it go!
-Photo credit: flickr.com/Sascha Kohlmann