The film star who made the magazine a household name outside the equestrian world has taken up the reins as editor for one week only
After Katie Price told the magazine publishing industry it was her greatest ambition to be featured on the cover of Horse & Hound, we are delighted to unveil an even more famous face as our cover star and the latest in our series of guest editors – Hugh Grant.
After claiming to work for Horse & Hound while playing William Thacker in the film Notting Hill, Hugh will be forever linked with our magazine by the general public.
Therefore it seemed entirely appropriate for us to offer the Hollywood actor the chance to take up the reins and put together his own special ‘celebrity’ issue of the magazine.
By doing so Hugh is following in the footsteps of some of Britain’s most popular and respected riders including Richard Davison, Oliver Townend, John Whitaker, Jayne Webber, Carl Hester, William Fox-Pitt and Nick Skelton.
Among the features Hugh was keen for us to include in his special (1 April) issue were:
- Never work with animals (especially horses): how to cope with an equine co-star
- Why I can’t abide hacking: Hugh’s tales of woe
- Revealed! Which actors can actually ride and who has a stunt double
- My love of hounds (which are of equal importance to horses)
- Why every movie should include a horse (including ones based in space and on submarines)
- Best celebrity horse riders: who frequently gets their leg over
Guest editing Horse & Hound isn’t the actor’s first venture into the world of journalism. In April 2011 he had an article published in the New Statesman titled “The Bugger, Bugged” about a conversation (following an earlier encounter) with Paul McMullan, a former News of the World journalist.
Having being a victim of phone hacking at the hands of the News of the World, Hugh has played an active role in the Hacked Off campaign for a free and accountable press. Hacked Off has urged and assisted the main political parties to put the recommendations of the Leveson Report into action.