Many Elvis fans know that he loved animals. He had peacocks and other birds, numerous dogs, a chimpanzee, and more. He also owned numerous horses, which he kept in stables in a barn on the mansion’s property. Graceland’s barn held The King’s beloved horses, including his wife Priscilla’s Quarter Horse named Domino. Additionally, it held Presley’s favorite Quarter Horse, his golden palomino named Rising Sun.
Throughout his life, Elvis Presley had many horses, especially after fame and fortune followed his rise to stardom. In addition to Rising Sun, a Tennessee Walking Horse he named Bear became a second favorite. Yet there were many more horses he owned.
The King had two more Tennessee Walking Horses named Ebony’s Double and Memphis. He had a mixed breed bay that he named after the Memphis Mayor William Ingram. He called it Mare Ingram. Get it? Elvis Presley also bought his young daughter, Lisa Marie, a Shetland pony named Moriah.
While we aren’t quite sure which of Presley’s horses are in the photo below, we are sure it’s not Rising Sun, the golden palomino. But from looking at his white pants, large collared shirt, and big sideburns, we’re assuming the pic is from the late ’60s to early ’70s. Take a look at The King in all his glory while riding one of his trusty steeds.
Priscilla Presley Reveals Little Known Fact About Elvis Presley’s Graceland Barn
On Sunday afternoon, Elvis Presley’s former wife, Priscilla Presley, revealed a little-known fact about how The King named Graceland’s barn.
Priscilla met Elvis when she was just a teenager while living in Germany. The iconic singer was stationed in Germany during his time in the United States Army. Following their meeting in 1959, Priscilla eventually visited Elvis in America and later moved into Graceland in 1963. The couple then married a few years later, and nine months after their wedding day, their only child Lisa Marie was born in February 1968.
After six years of marriage, the couple divorced in 1973, and Elvis Presley died four years later in 1977. Following Presley’s passing, Priscilla became the chairwoman of Elvis Presley Enterprises. She headed the company that is responsible for turning Graceland into one of the most-visited tourist attractions in America. As someone who lived in the Memphis mansion for years, and worked closely to preserve its legacy, Priscilla has a wealth of knowledge about the property.
Earlier today, she revealed some interesting details that Elvis Presley fans will want to hear about. Like mentioned before, Graceland’s barn was home to The King’s beloved horses, especially his favorite Rising Sun. He became a huge admirer of horses, and in the mid-60s, Elvis purchased multiple horses for he and his wife.
Around that same time, English rock band The Animals’ 1964 hit “House Of The Rising Sun” blared from radios across the nation. One night while Elvis and Priscilla were in the barn, a radio in the stables played the popular single. In addition, a member of the Memphis Mafia named Jerry Schilling first shared the idea for the barn’s nickname. From that moment on, Elvis Presley’s Graceland barn was named The House of the Rising Sun.