Next month, Heartland leading lady Amber Marshall, who turns 27 on June 2, will celebrate her second wedding anniversary with husband Shawn Turner. Their rustic ranch nuptials, as seen in Hello! Canada, were as much about the star’s love for animals as her love for her new husband. She proved she was a cowgirl through and through when she rode down the aisle atop one of her cherished horses, Hawk.
Hawk is one of three steeds that live at the actress’s ranch in High River, Alberta – a small town located approximately 40 kilometers south of Calgary and close to the set of Heartland. Miniature horse Talon and quarter horse Cash, along with a company of dogs, cats, birds, cattle and an alpaca named Betty, roam the property where the happy couple have made their nest.
Born in London, Ont., Amber began riding horses as soon as she was able to walk. She moved out west in 2007 after landing the role of horse-whisperer Amy Fleming on Heartland. A few years later, in 2010, she met Shawn at a horse show and they hit it off right away. Later, the couple attended a concert together where they chatted for hours and, as Amber told Hello! back in 2013, “That’s when I thought, 'You are a really interesting, intelligent young man.'”
Amber isn’t the only celebrity that loves the equestrian lifestyle. John Wayne and horses went hand in hand back in the 1950s and 1960s and, most recently, Shania Twain rode into her Vegas residency on horseback. To celebrate Amber’s birthday and her passion for horses, Hello! rounds up 10 stars who love to saddle up.