‘NCIS: Hawai’i’ Star Vanessa Lachey Channels Her ‘Hawaiin Cowgirl’ in Horseback Pic at Gorgeous Mountain Location

by Leanne Stahulak

“NCIS: Hawai’i” star Vanessa Lachey is embracing her inner horse girl for these upcoming episode shoots.

Earlier this week, Lachey shared a behind-the-scenes look at herself “training for the next episode.” She sat astride a “Western Hawaiian horse” in a gorgeous photo on Instagram. We’re not sure yet what Lachey’s character, Special Agent in Charge Jane Tennant, will be doing on horseback. But we’re here for all the on-set photos and sneak peeks.

Last night, the “NCIS” star posted another horse pic. This time, we got a full side profile of Lachey and the horse, along with stunning Hawaiian mountains in the background. “Hawaiian cowgirl,” Lachey captioned the post. She also included the hashtag “paniolo,” which is Hawaiian for cowboy (or cowgirl, in this instance).

Vanessa and her husband, Nick Lachey, are actually huge equine enthusiasts. They’ve attended the Kentucky Derby in the past, and the “NCIS” star is a trained rider in the English style (as per her last horsey Instagram post). They even raised their kids to enjoy horseback riding. According to Us Weekly, the Lacheys’ six-year-old daughter, Brooklyn, took up the hobby during the pandemic.

Last year, Vanessa posted an adorable picture of Brooklyn and captioned it, “She’s BACK! And she’s SOOO HAPPY! Not much we can do with the kids these days, but so thankful for ‘individual’ sports and activities! And thankful to the people who are making it happen as safe as we can.”

Want to see something even sweeter? The “NCIS” star took up the hobby this past year with her daughter, starting a new mother-daughter Sunday tradition.

“Back in the saddle again! After a break, B is back… and this time Mama is joining her,” the “NCIS” star wrote. “I can’t feel my toes and there are muscles in places I never knew existed, but man this feels special! I can’t wait for our adventures together! #MommyDaughterTime.”

‘NCIS: Hawai’i’ Star Vanessa Lachey Wishes ‘Sexy, Funny Friend’ a Happy Birthday

In between horse training and shooting for “NCIS: Hawai’i,” Vanessa Lachey took to Instagram this week to wish a special someone a very happy birthday. She posted a throwback picture that immediately catapulted followers into the early 2000s, featuring her lowrise jeans and a cropped jacket.

“Happy 40th Birthday MTV,” Lachey started off captioning the post. The picture shows Lachey as the host for MTV’s Total Request Live stage, which she helmed from 2003-2007.

“I will never forget our first date in Times Square, September 2003. We were BOTH 22 years old,” Lachey wrote. “You were funny, sexy and sooo easy to be around. You gave me some of the best years of my life. I Love You and will never forget you!”

The “NCIS” star added as an afterthought, “Also, Thank You for bringing me @nicklachey. I owe you!”