Edie Campbell. In the Arena

For Nowness

The British Model and Rising Horsewoman Takes On the World of Eventing

With her new raven-hued cut, model-of-the-moment Edie Campbell reveals her principal off-runway passion in this short film by director Linda Brownlee. Horsey life wasn’t always an obvious direction for the London-born and raised model, who graduated with a first class degree in History of Art at London’s Courtauld Institute of Art before scooping Model-of-the-Year at the British Fashion Awards. But while spending weekends in the countryside as a child Campbell caught the bug, joined the Pony Club and began to focus on eventing, the sport that requires horse and rider to tackle the three separate disciplines of dressage, cross-country and show jumping. Although the Viva London-represented 23-year-old has tried her hand at other equestrian sports, most notably triumphing in the Charity Ladies’ race at Goodwood in 2011, eventing is where her heart lies. She keeps two horses, Dolly and the aptly named Armani, in Warwickshire and commutes out of London to train. “I don’t expect to win,” she says on balancing her competing life with a career in front of the camera, which includes campaigns for Jil Sander, Marc Jacobs and Alexander McQueen, as well as appearing on the cover of British, German and Italian Vogue. “In this sport, even in the lower levels, you are competing against people on Olympic teams. Standards are high, so I compete against myself and try to improve each time I go out.”

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