I don’t know about you, but hasn’t this week flown by?! It’s Friday once again and the realisation that June begins on Monday seems frankly – impossible. This week, I wanted to share with you some of my horse, Simba’s equine look-alikes whilst shouting out some of the equestrian accounts I love to follow on Instagram.
The first of Simba’s equine lookalikes is Tina Wallace’s Banksy. He is a striking 15.3hh gelding, affectionately nicknamed by Tina as Jackass. He is 13 years old and yet she explains, still acts like a five-year-old most of the time.
Favourite treat: Polos
Tina’s least favourite thing about him: The fact he is able to exercise a swift 180 degree turn before he’s even realised what he is supposedly afraid of!
Tina and Banksy’s are likely more widely known across social media as @lifeontheleftrein – Tina rose to social stardom after taking part in Horse & Country TV’s Blue Chip All Star Academy a few years ago now. Sharing regular website, Tina also vlogs on her YouTube channel as well as sharing daily content on her Instagram account too.
Based in Truro, Cornwall, through the various mediums, Tina shares a delightful, fun and relatable insights into her life as an amateur eventer, country lifestyle and fashion enthusiasts, wife, pet owner and much more including product recommendations.
Next up we have Laraghlee, Lucy’s 16.2hh Irish Sport Horse whose 14th birthday was yesterday in fact, so I see this as a little belated birthday present! Although Laraghlee is a mare and the others in this piece are geldings including Simba, she may in fact be his closest lookalike – in my eyes, I’ll let you decide for yourselves.
Based in rural Norfolk, Lucy Robinson explains that her worst fear is wood pigeons, who love to fly out and startle her. Whilst one thing she loves to do, Lucy explains with a smile and a roll of her eyes is ‘chipping in a stride’. Helpful Laraghlee!
Through Lucy’s beautifully curated Instagram account and her Youtube channel, she shares the highs and lows of life as an amateur event rider also. Lucy and Laraghlee also recently welcomed the arrival of a little grey rescue pony Bonnie who has quickly made a strong impression and become an invaluable part of the team.
I am a sucker for anything unique and Gem’s Con has two blue eyes! Blue eyed horses can often be a little bit like marmite to some, but I hope you’ll agree, he is a gorgeous looking lad.
Con is 12 years old and is a nice, comfortable 15.2hh, his passport and show name is Apaché Blue. Just like Banksy, he loved polos and Gem Gilbert explains with an oh-so-relatable eye roll, he doesn’t always stay in his field. Considering Gem tells me how he loves jumping practically anything, I’m assuming he enjoys the jumping practice of escaping from his field?
Aside from sharing the highs and lows of low level eventing and BRC competitions on her Instagram, Somerset based Gem is a passionate country lifestyle blogger, regularly sharing style related posts in collaboration with brands and updates her website regularly with blog post entries.
Sophie Wratting has become something of an equestrian insta-celeb in recent years, shooting to fame once again off the back of Horse & Country TV’s (updated sponsorship for this season’s cohort) Omega Equine’s All Star Academy.
Remi is more of a pint-sized black and white Simba look-a-like but given his adorable coloured spots, I just had to include him all the same. Remi or Remington is an 11 year old 14.2hh gelding with the punchy registered name – Remingtonsteele, this guy means business. Sophie explains to me how, ‘he is the kind of guy who will eat ANYTHING… the only thing I have ever found him not to like is Twiglets!’.
Favourite thing in the world: Banana
Sophie’s least favourite thing about Remi: He is a complete diva at times and turns into a more Simba-sized 17.2hh warmblood stallion!
Sophie regularly shares photographs and video snippets on her Instagram account all about her daily life with Remi and also her competitive riding, competing together in British Dressage, Showing and Eventing. In addition to her inspiring Instagram account, Sophie also creates and shares uplifting and light-hearted vlogs on her YouTube channel (can you spot a trend here?).
Last but by no means least, and maybe missing a spot or two is Sid owned by Bedfordshire based, Jess Maye. Another striking coloured (yes, I may have a mild obsession with coloureds, have you only just cottoned on?), at 16.2hh and 12 years old Jess’ Sid, registered name: Mr Sligo Sid, is a complete all-rounder who happily hunts, events and competes in dressage too. ‘He’s the kindest dude I know.’ Jess explains when describing Sid to me.
Favourite thing in the world: He loves to sleep
Most scared of: Scooters
On Jess’ Instagram account you can expect a mix of content from equestrian insights, to country lifestyle and fashion product based posts, oh yes and then there’s her escaped boob shot mid-canter, which went practically viral. Relatively new to the world of equestrian vlogging, Jess has also more recently begun creating fun ridden videos on her YouTube channel too.
If you’ve enjoyed this list of equestrian inspired accounts to follow, you might like our similarly inspired list of #followfriday – Instagram’s farmers to follow. Happy Friday!