With the sheer volume of up-and-coming equestrian vloggers, as well as the iconic channels that have been active for years, it can feel a big daunting to sift through all the different channels to find quality video content. Ultimately, your viewing preferences come down to just that: your unique interests when it comes to watching equine-related vlogs.
As an equestrian vlogger myself, I thought it’d be nice to provide a shortlist of the best equestrian vloggers on YouTube–those that are most popular, most active, or simply the most interesting.
15 Best Equestrian Vloggers
- Holly Lenahan
- Your Riding Success
- Stephanie Prince
- This Esme
- Montana O
- Free Riding NZ
- Therese Moser
- Matt Harnacke
- Equestrian Bliss
- Claire Eventing
“You Are Who You Watch”
Who you watch and emulate impacts your life more than you might think. Especially if you’re new to riding (#shoutouttoallmyhorserookies), it’s important to watch channels that illustrate good horsemanship, a thirst for knowledge, and produce accurate information.
In addition, you should be looking for vloggers who have a knack for engaging their viewers and producing quality content over the long run.
The associated goal of this equestrian vlogger roundup is to help you avoid YouTubers who may use their platforms to spread inaccurate and potentially harmful information (or are notoriously negative to fellow vloggers or their audience) to those viewers most susceptible to taking it as fact.
Every equestrian vlogger on my list encapsulates the best elements of the horse world, which includes honesty, positivity, a deep love for horses, and an unwavering commitment to doing right by their equine partners.
So, grab some popcorn, settle in on your couch, and get ready to discover some of the best equestrian video content YouTube has to offer!
Let’s Begin at the Beginning
It’s only natural for me to pay homage to the original equine YouTubers who first got me involved in the community and piqued my interest in equine vlogs.
The following three equestrian vlogs have been around for years and advance the equestrian image with their consistent professionalism, adoration and care for their horses, impressive riding skills, and beautifully edited and interesting videos.
To these three ladies, in particular, I would like to sincerely thank you for impacting my riding career positively and ultimately being the driving force behind my decision to join the YouTube equestrian community and pursue equine social media.
Note: She also maintains Eddiesgun91, which is more of an editing channel.
Lauren Allport is an Irish equestrian now living in Dubai. Watching her grow as a rider, and now as a professional, over the last several years has been a true pleasure.
I began following Lauren when I was fairly young (like elementary school!), and her journey as rider has been phenomenal. She is highly educated and works as an equine sports therapist and chiropractor, as well as now riding and showing professionally.
She has a team of incredibly talented horses (Hey, Boo!) and shares their adventures together through lots of horse show and lesson raws (raw video footage) and topic-centered vlogs.
Lauren does an excellent job of showing the realities of being an equestrian, including the good and bad parts. She shares her fails, voices over her show rounds, and shares how she could better herself for next time.
Lauren is humble and knowledgeable, not to mention an impressive rider, and you’re guaranteed to learn a ton from her channel. She’s also incredibly friendly, kind person who does her best to engage with her followers and always conducts herself with professionalism.
She is a light in the horse world and definitely someone I look up to. I highly encourage you all to check out her account and follow her journey. She’s already doing big things, and her impact will only going to continue to grow in the future.
Chief Rookie Aside: I’ve also been following Lauren for years, and her videos have been a massive help as I trained my reined cow horse to jump.
Note: She also has a now-inactive EquiiAlly channel, which is is a treasure trove of content.
I am SO excited that the famed “EquiiAlly” has returned to her AlfusAlly vlog channel in time for Christmas. After taking a lengthy break, Ally has begun posting again for “2018 Vlogmas,” a tradition where vloggers post videos more frequently over the month of December.
Like Lauren, I have been following Ally for many years, mostly on her editing channel “EquiiAlly” which is now inactive but showcases some amazing riding and cool editing skills.
Her newer channel, AlfusAlly, has more vlog type content and is a great way to get to know more about the person behind the camera, as well as get behind the scenes looks at her stunning horses.
Ally now trains professionally and is a super talented rider and trainer with a knack for figuring out the horse and showcasing effective (and kind) horsemanship. She is also an Irish equestrian, still based in Ireland as far as I know, and works with some absolutely incredible horses.
Watching her grow as a rider and trainer over the years has been a privilege, and I am so happy to be able to add her to this list now that she is posting again. She has some great horses in her string, including a young horse she bred out of one of her mares and will be breaking to ride in the next year or so.
Should be a cool experience to watch should she decide to share it!
Chief Rookie Aside: I especially loved watching Zeke the Appy!
Gemma is another YouTuber I’ve been following for years. She still vlogs on her original channel, and you’ll see her content has transitioned from more edited clips to more of a vlog-style format.
Now a mother of one and pregnant with a second as of late 2018 (Congrats, Gemma!), she also posts vlogs and other types of videos related to motherhood and raising her son.
This makes her a great options for equestrians who are also mothers, as well as people who are looking for more varied types of videos.
Gemma has a very cool horse named Murphy that has been part of her family since I began following her, and he’s always a pleasure to watch.
Now that her channel has swayed towards showing parenthood along with the horsey side of her life, she is a YouTuber who can cater towards both the equestrian side of YouTube as well as the lifestyle niche.
Chief Rookie Aside: Want to meet all three of these lovely ladies at once? Here’s a fun video from when they met up in 2015 and swapped horses.
New(er) & Noteworthy
Now that I’ve paid homage to the three vloggers I’ve followed the longest, I’d like to share some of my more recent finds who definitely deserve a spot in your YouTube feed!
Evidently, I enjoy content from European riders because here is another one! Holly is the next equestrian vlogger I began following after “The Classics” above. Holly is an extremely friendly, upbeat equestrian with superb riding skills.
Her videos showcase her journey across riding, training and showing her horses. She also shares interesting videos about topics like the process of saddle breaking a horse and other training tutorials. Holly shares honestly and graciously, showcasing her own falls and fails, as well as her best moments.
She’s an excellent YouTuber who is sure to keep your interest with her raw talent and ability to engage with and relate to her viewers.
Chief Rookie Aside: Holly’s channel is one of my all-time favorites, and watching her bring horses up the jump levels has given me so much inspiration for my own journey.
This is one of the best equestrian video channels when it comes to active (and easy) learning on a vast number of horse-related topics.
From discovering lameness to saddle fit issues to trimming, this channel discusses virtually everything and sources their information from credible places, making many of their videos excellent learning materials for rookie and pro equestrians, alike.
If you’re looking for less of a “vlog” insight to horses and more of an educational angle, this is definitely the channel to follow.
Chief Rookie Aside: This one was new to me! *Clicking subscribe,* done and done.
Your Riding Success
Natasha Althoff is an Australian dressage rider and trainer (with Olympic dreams!), and she’s dedicated herself to providing video-based training advice and instruction for riders of all levels.
For viewers actively looking for ways to improve their own riding, and who love watching tutorials, this is a fantastic channel for in-depth how-to videos on issues and questions you may encounter in the saddle.
While videos aren’t a substitute for in-person training, they are a fantastic supplemental resource for those who may train alone most of the time or are visual learners with specific riding questions.
Chief Rookie Aside: If you’re a Friesian breed fan, you’ll be in HEAVEN on Natasha’s channel.
Stephanie is extremely popular on instagram and recently started a YouTube channel. Since then, she has amassed quite a following and actively posts vlogs that showcase her day-to-day life as a professional trainer.
She also posts in-depth videos about the horses she works with and any particular issues they’re tackling in their training.
She is a talented rider who works closely with OTTBs (Off The Track Thoroughbreds), so she’s an excellent resource if you also ride an OTTB. I encourage you to follow her journey riding, showing, and training her own horses, as well as client horses.
Chief Rookie Aside: I only recently discovered Stephanie’s channel, and I’m so glad I did. Her video about Pablo’s Transformation first caught my eye, and I’m now a total fan!
Esme runs one of the largest, if not THE largest, equestrian YouTube channels–and does so with incredibly appealing editing and interesting videos.
She’s based in England and has many animals you’ll meet in her videos, including her most popular mounts Casper and Mickey. (Sometimes the guinea pigs get a cameo, too!)
If you have not heard of her already, I highly recommend checking her out. Her editing style is superb and her videos are enjoyable to watch. She is also one of the more active equestrian YouTubers, so you’re guaranteed to get frequent content in your feed on a wide variety of topics.
Chief Rookie Aside: As a creative and designer in my “other” life, I really love how beautiful Esme’s video are. She has a wonderful knack for color, framing, and editing.
Montana is a fellow Canadian, like me! She is based out of Alberta and predominantly shows in show jumping with her own horses.
She is a beautiful and talented rider with some exceptional horses. Her channel is primarily show vlogs and riding raws, and she peppers in other videos specific to her daily adventures working with her horses. She posts on a fairly regular basis and is always up to something cool!
Chief Rookie Aside: How could you not love someone with a horse named Ginger Ale?!
Free Riding NZ
Alycia Burton is a professional show jumper based out of New Zealand. She popularized the idea of “free riding,” or riding tackless, and is quite possibly the most impressive free rider I’ve ever seen.
Her main show mount is a quirky and incredibly talented gelding named Classic Gold Rush. If you haven’t watched her channel already, I’m sure you’ll fall in love with her amazing bareback riding skills and impressive horsemanship.
Chief Rookie Aside: Her bareback jumping skills are insane. The end.
Therese is a show jumper based in Norway. Her current mount (as of 2018) is a mare named Cara. She’s a very talented jumper that Therese has rehabbed and trained from a very difficult, hard to manage horse into a fantastic show jumper with a transformed body condition.
Therese does everything from edits to vlogs to tack hauls, so this is an especially versatile channel for all equestrians.
Chief Rookie Aside: Special kudos to Therese for peppering in a few videos about how mental illness impacts riders. Thank you for being so transparent and honest.
Matt Harnacke is a European dressage rider (from Australia and now in the Netherlands) who owns a beautiful horse named Chase, an adorable mini named Bear, and two stunning PRE stallions named Emporio and Sureno. His channel often showcases dressage, but he also does all sorts of personal riding and training vlogs, along with videos about his everyday horse adventures (e.g. jumping his dressage horse for the first time).
His videos are really fun and interesting, and he often includes his friend, another popular YouTuber, Jesse Drent. You’ll love this duo!
Chief Rookie Aside: I originally started following Matt’s channel for the dressage, but I especially loved watching his series about flying Chase from Australia to the Netherlands. He took viewers along for the entire journey behind the scenes, and it was fascinating.
Due to the immense prevalence of show jumpers on this list, I also wanted to include some talented vloggers from other disciplines.
Reagan is a rider that shows mainly on the AQHA (American Quarter Horse Association) circuit in everything from hunter under saddle to horsemanship to western pleasure.
She has a stunning gelding named Diesel who is a behemoth of an Appendix (Thoroughbred x Quarter Horse), standing a whopping 17.3 hands! She posts everything from barn vlogs to unboxing videos and offers insight to a lesser represented circuit on YouTube.
Chief Rookie Aside: Finding great western / AQHA vloggers is tough! As an English and Western rider, myself, I’m especially grateful for Reagan’s channel.
Jill is a US-based rider who predominantly used to ride in the discipline of eventing but has now switched mostly over to positive reinforcement training (e.g. clicker training) and liberty work.
She does all sorts of vlogs and riding videos, as well as training videos showing her work with her own horse and the horses that she rides and trains for others. She is really charismatic and creates funny, easy to watch videos.
Chief Rookie Aside: I really enjoy watching Jill’s videos. She’s incredibly genuine, is willing to share the good and the bad, and she clearly loves her horses.
Last, but certainly not least, is another US-based eventer! Claire posts all sorts of different types of vlogs, as well as unboxing and other fun videos and challenges (e.g.tacking up blindfolded).
She has a beautiful gelding named Owen who stars in the majority of her videos. Plus, she purchased a Holsteiner x TB foal named Oakley! She is a very active member on YouTube and is always producing new #bingeworthy content.
Chief Rookie Aside: Claire is pretty darn sassy, and I love it.
Chief Rookie Takeover
We can’t have an equestrian vlog roundup without including our very own Shelby Dennis!
Shelby is a Canadian rider, trainer, jumper, and gallop girl (i.e. exercises race horses) who also advocates for horse adoption in her videos. She rescued her main mount Milo and has completely transformed him over the years.
(He still hates birds with a vengeance, but nobody’s perfect!)
She posts lots of lesson and show vlogs, as well as discussions on current equestrian topics and questions. I also love how honest she is about the challenges that come with horse ownership and making a living in the equine industry. #reallifeinrealtime
If you’d like to follow Shelby’s journey, you can find her:
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