19 equestrians you should follow on Twitter

Are you a Twitter addict who thinks in hashtags and dreams of retweets? Or does the @ sign still puzzle you, but you’re happy to have a scroll while you’re waiting for your farrier to arrive?

Either way, there are some equestrians you’d be foolish not to follow. From riders at the top of their game to those just starting out on the international circuit, and one or two in between, we’ve picked 19 that will keep you entertained and in the loop. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, too: @horseandhound

1. Bruce Haskell, eventer
Kiwi eventer based in Oxfordshire. Currently president of the Event Riders Association International.
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2. Laura Tomlinson, dressage rider
European, world and Olympic dressage medallist. Married to England polo player Mark Tomlinson and mother of one.
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3. Emily Llewellyn, eventer
Surrey-based eventer, aged 26, who is the only rider to have ridden on 8 consecutive Youth European Championship Teams.
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4. Lauren Shannon, eventer
Leicestershire-based eventer and producer of young horses.
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5. Laura Collett, eventer
Lambourn-based eventer who has won countless medals at pony, junior and young rider level.
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6. Clare Balding, broadcaster
A British national treasure — keep up to date whether she’s reporting on racing, eventing, tennis… or going for a ramble.
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7. Nick Gauntlett, eventer
Eventer and coach based in Gloucestershire. Father of one.
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8. Carl Hester, dressage rider
Gloucestershire-based dressage legend and Olympic gold medallist.
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9. Gavin Makinson, amatuer eventer
Events when he is not busy doing his day job as a West End actor
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10. Sam Watson, Irish event rider
International eventer and father of two
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11. Chris Stone, event horse owner
Successful businessman and owner of a number of event horses, most notably Chilli Morning
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12. William Whitaker, showjumper
A member of the Whitaker dynasty and a father
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13. Scott Brash, showjumper
One of the most successful showjumpers of all time and a relative newbie to the world of Twitter
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14. Olivia Oakeley, dressage rider
Young international dressage rider and member of the British junior/young rider squad for the past five years
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15. Alice Oppenheimer, dressage rider
Dressage rider and producer of young horses
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16. Jay Halim, showjumper
Former event rider who has now turned his attention to showjumping
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17. Rocket Roy, racehorse
Follow the life of the popular Flat racehorse Rocket Roy who also has his own well-followed Facebook page
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18. Harry Derham, second assistant to Paul Nicholls
This former jockey gives a fascinating insight into life behind the scenes at the stables of champion National Hunt trainer Paul Nicholls
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19. Ben Hobday, eventer
Last but by no means least, arguably the most followed eventer on Twitter, four-star eventer Ben never fails to provide motivational or just plain hilarious tweets, not forgetting his familiar hashtag (#yehboi). Currently undergoing chemotherapy for cancer, Ben’s tweets are inspirational, and with just short of 14,000 followers, he doesn’t struggle for support from his fans
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Which equestrians do you rate on Twitter? Let us know below…