Men have always loved professional women and the uniforms they wear. Nurses and their starched white, librarians and their horn-rimmed glasses, cops in their caps and gloves. The same is true for those privileged women who own horses. The modern equestrienne speaks to several stereotypes at once: she's passionate about something, she's wealthy, she's elegant, she's even aloof. When she stands there in her little velvet hat and skin tight jodphurs, gripping her riding crop in her sleek black-gloved hands, it's not hard to see where the image of the dominatrix came from. Yet the equestrienne, while undoubtedly sexy, isn't sexual per se. She is simply a woman unafraid to be alluring and powerful while pursuing her values, which makes her all the more beautiful.