Which five eventers broke the Internet in 2016
Social media has become a huge part of seemingly everyone’s lives, with horse people being no exception. Over the past year, eventers around the globe have been sharing their thoughts, excitement and ideas via the Internet. Some happenings in the Eventing world caught the attention of millions of people worldwide. From a horse conditioning innovation to a man who made history on two occasions in one year, these are the five eventers who broke the Internet in 2016 (in no particular order)…
Kyle Carter’s conditioning pool/water complex: Canadian Olympic eventer, Kyle Carter unveiled his new and innovative horse conditioning pool via a Facebook video. This video has racked up over 1 MILLION views!!! It has also received thousands of ‘Likes’ and hundreds of comments from fellow horseman. Kyle built this conditioning pool at his farm in Citra, Florida. Working a horse in this pool can add to its fitness or rehab work. The pool can be filled and drained to accommodate different depths of water, for different purposes. It also doubles as a water complex jump with an island in the middle. If you are in Ocala and want to try it out, contact Kyle for details.
Equiratings endless supply of fascinating Eventing statistics: EquiRatings is the leading sports technology, data and content company in the equestrian world started by Irish eventer Sam Watson and his friend Diarmuid Byrne. In 2016, they provided eventers around the world with an enormous amount of thought provoking statistics about our sport. Their data has been shared on various forms of social media; eventers cannot get enough of it. Many of the world’s top events, including the Event Rider Masters series used their statistics to make their events more exciting for fans. Additionally, the EquiRatings Horse of the Year competition received thousands of votes, with Alex Hua Tian’s (CHN) Rio Olympic mount, Don Geniro being crowned the winner. We are looking forward to Equiratings breaking the Internet again for many years to come.
Don Geniro Takes EquiRatings Horse of the Year Title https://t.co/cVRNNNVmXt
— EquiRatings (@EquiRatings) December 30, 2016
Buck Davidson’s cross-country save of the year: Buck Davidson (USA) hands down pulled off the save of the year at the 2016 Carolina International CIC3* riding Park Trader. It is still a mystery how he was able to avoid a swim in the first water complex. Riding dozens of horses a day probably has something to do with his freakish stickability. The video footage of his heroic save received over 100,000 views in a matter of days.
Marilyn Little’s ‘Scandalous’ Fair Hill victory: Marilyn Little (USA) won the prestigious 2016 Fair Hill International CCI3* with RF Scandalous and finished 2nd with RF Demeter. But her big win was not without serious controversy. Blood was spotted on RF Scandalous’ mouth during the cross-country course at fence 20 and this was radioed into the officials. The Technical Delegates and Ground Jury members kept an eye on the mare around the course but since she was obviously bleeding lightly they did not pull her up. The vets inspected her immediately when she finished cross-country and found no wounds or fresh blood. The mare went onto show jump a beautiful clear round and win the event. However, this incident sparked a heated and controversial debate involving eventers of all levels around the world. Regardless of your personal opinion on this ‘Scandalous’ win, you have to admit that this topic damn near broke the Internet.
Michael Jung WINNING the Grand Slam of Eventing and individual Olympic gold: Michael Jung (GER) made history on two occasions in 2016. He became the second eventer to ever win the Rolex Grand Slam title and the second eventer to win back-to-back Olympic individual gold. In the fall of 2015, Michael picked up the Burghley CCI4* title with La Biosthetique Sam FBW (aka Sam) putting him in pursuit of the Rolex Grand Slam. He continued his winning streak throughout 2016, winning the Rolex CCI4* with FischerRocana FST for the second year in a row. Two weeks later, he went on to win the Badminton CCI4* with Sam earning him the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing title. As if this wasn’t enough for one year, he won the Rio Olympics with Sam and helped Germany clinch a team silver medal. Eventers around the world cannot get enough of Michael. You’d think everyone would be sick of his non-stop winning but he is far too likeable and we all continue to cheer him on. How many four-stars do you think he’ll win in 2017?