Seven eventers you need to follow on Instagram in 2017
What better way to spend a brief moment of downtime than scrolling through your Instagram feed? Looking at pretty pictures of horses leaping over massive ditch-and-walls is a great way to take your mind off mundane non-horsey tasks. You probably already follow a number of equestrian accounts on Instagram but you are seriously missing out if you are not following these seven inspirational and fun eventers…
7) Alexa Bresnahan – @eventingstrides: Alexa Bresnahan is an up-and-coming Canadian rider, who is currently competing at Preliminary. Recently, she won the bronze level of sponsorship in Bit of Britain’s Next Top Rider competition. The sponsored riders were chosen after Bit of Britain carefully reviewed the finalists’ public support, individual social media activity and followers. It’s no surprise that Alexa was selected – she has a seriously impressive Instagram account with over 16,000 followers. Alexa is not only a rider, she is also a talented photographer and takes pictures at various horse shows, including Rolex. Follow her account to keep up with her progress as a rider and also see a variety of gorgeous horse show pictures…
So so excited to announce that I came 3rd in the Bit of Britain sponsorship contest. Out of hundreds of entires and 11 finalists, I am so honoured to have been picked to be a sponsored rider. This is absolutely incredible, and there is no way I could have done it without all of your support. Thank you to everyone who voted and read my blog posts. Thank you to my friends both in “real life” and that I have met through this account, thank you to my parents, my team at Oakhurst and of course my incredible coach, Ruth. This has been an absolute team effort, and I am still so honoured to have been picked. Congrats to Haley Carspecken and Nick Madsen on coming 1st and 2nd! And a huge thank you to @bitofbritain and @eventingconnect for this opportunity! Can’t wait to see where 2017 takes us! . . Also, I’ll be taking over the @eq.daily Snapchat tomorrow so go check that out too!
6) Shelby Brost – @sbrostequestrian: Shelby Brost is one of the top young riders in Canada. She won the 2016 NAJYRC CICY2* with her sassy little mare, Crimson, and they were also the individual bronze medalists at the 2015 NAJYRC CCI1*. Last year, she was named to the Equestrian Canada Eventing NOBoundaries talent identification program. Shelby is an inspiration for many junior riders in North America and has upwards of 18,000 followers to prove it. Follow Shelby on Insta to watch as she prepares for her Advanced debut this season…
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5) Ludwig Svennerstal – @ludwigsvennerstal: Ludwig is one of the greatest Swedish eventers in history. He has successfully competed at the last two Olympics and he is only 26-years-old. Did I mention he also looks like a model? He has produced numerous spectacular horses to the three and four-star level and trains with Mark Todd in the UK. His Instagram is a perfect combination of eye candy photos of Ludwig and spectacular action shots of his horses, which are all oozing with Olympic talent.
4) Doug Payne – @dpequestrian: Doug Payne (USA) is a man of many talents. He events at the four-star level, shows at the Grand Prix level in both dressage and show jumping, and takes breathtaking sunset pictures. You will never be bored following Doug on Instagram with his huge variety of photos. There will be pics of rowdy young horses in action, show jumpers soaring over 5ft fences, textbook dressage pictures and bold event horses clearing huge ditches. Plus, you will see postcard worthy sunset shots.
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3) Laine Ashker – @laineyea: Laine (USA) is a four-star eventer, dressage queen and fashion goddess. Following her account will not only motivate you to perform better in the saddle, it will also provide you with top class fashion and makeup inspiration. This woman manages to incorporate her genuinely humble yet ultra chic attitude into all of her Instagram posts. Follow her to inspire yourself to ride better while looking like a queen.
2) Emily King – @emilykingg_: Emily King (GBR) is the daughter of Eventing legend and five time British Olympian, Mary King. Emily is following in her mother’s footsteps and when she was only 19-years-old she finished in 4th place at the 2015 Pau CCI4*. She has also represented Great Britain at five European Junior and Young Rider Championships. The only problem with following Emily on Instagram is that you might feel a few twangs of jealously. She rides her incredible string of horses well beyond her years and also parties like a complete rockstar. You can travel vicariously around the world and event at the world’s most prestigious venues by following her account.
1) Ben Honday – @benhobday: With nearly 60,000 followers, Ben is the Eventing king of Instagram. But more importantly, Ben is a truly inspirational person. In 2015, he was diagnosed with cancer but after a tough battle he ended up kicking cancer’s ass. In the spring of 2016, he conquered the Badminton CCI4* to finish in an impressive 32nd place. Eventing Connect named him 2015’s Most Fascinating Eventer for a number of reasons. Ben has a phenomenal sense of humour and he is an extremely positive and fun guy. Ben’s Insta posts are everything from hilarious to inspirational to just plain wild. Every eventer with Insta needs to follow Ben and if you don’t have Insta, you need to get it just to follow him.
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