A new kind of equine elegance galloped into the Las Vegas Home Furnishings and Gift Market recently. It wasn’t only the Year of the Horse on the Chinese Lunar calendar, it was clearly the year of the horse in home decor, as well.
According to Chinese astrology, this is the year of the wood horse, applicable to people born in 1954 and 2014. (The year of the horse comes every 12 years, and is characterized, in turn, by the five elements of metal, earth, fire, water and wood.) Intelligent, restless, ambitious, hard-working, impatient, adaptable and romantic, other people born in the Year of the Horse include Kobe Bryant, James Franco, Jerry Seinfeld, Jennifer Lawrence, Denzel Washington and both Franklin D. and Teddy Roosevelt. As far as we know, the only people who had trouble with wooden horses were the Greeks.
The horse year means rapid success, so Rough Riders aside, manufacturers decided not to look a gift horse in the mouth and hopped on the back of this trend with unbridled enthusiasm. Here is a roundup of the steeds they were showing: