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Top 10 viewed cross country videos of 2021

Which horses and riders were the most popular to watch in 2021?

Find out in our Top 10 Most Viewed XC Videos 2021 Countdown


In 2016, the first year that we introduced our Cross Country Search Box, enabling people to search and view videos by horse or rider name, we started tracking which were most viewed videos on our website.



The results have shown pretty clearly over the past few years that amateur riders often feature at the top of the XC Videos shown on our website and in 2019 we introduced two sets of Top 10; the most viewed cross country videos on our website and also the most viewed cross country videos on our Facebook page as both are very popular!

The main difference is of course that we choose which cross country videos are shown on our Facebook page (and are usually winners of events) whereas the videos on our website are those purchased by riders

In our 2020 Countdown, a 14.2 pony and a Tokyo Olympic medallist took the top honours - who will it be in 2021?

Although our stats are based on views only during 2021, three of this year's top 10 are from previous years (we find that many people are buying their videos years after they were filmed, possibly as mementoes or if they are selling their horse), amateur riders once again feature heavily in our website stats but we also have three Olympians in this year's website countdown too

So, we are now revealing our website and Facebook Top 10 viewed videos in 2021 in reverse order  ....


Number 1

Website - Scott Coyle

Not only did Scott Coyle and Nic Nac Paddy Mac finish sixth in the BE100 at Richmond (1) but he also topped our 2021 Cross Country Video Countdown riding Nic Nac Paddy Mac, who deserves an award for his name as well!

Congratulations to Scott, who brings on young horses for sale at his base at Ballindean Farm in Scotland and obviously has quite a following!



Facebook - Piggy March

At Number One on our Facebook stats is European Individual silver and team gold medallist Piggy March who started the year on a roll at Oasby Elite.

The five class winners gave a very good indications of how the year would pan out with Oliver Townend on Ballaghmor Class, Laura Collett on London 52, Nicola Wilson on JL Dublin and Piggy March all taking wins.

Piggy won two Open Intermediate sections on both Fonbherna Lancer and Brookfield Inocent but it was the ride on Fonbherna Lancer that took the top spot. Watch them make it look easy ….



Number 2

Website - Jayde Mckinnon

Australia rules the Number 2 spot! There is no mistaking those wide blue skies in the first video of Jayde Mckinnon riding Le Grande Andres at Tamborine (1) 2021.

Jayde finished fourth in the EvA95 U21 class at a lush Tamborine in May 2021, after a great ride through the scenic Queensland cross country course at the Australian home of Tokyo 2020 team silver medallist, Kevin McNab



Facebook - Megan Jones

Another very well-known Australian Olympic medallist is in the Number 2 spot on Facebook after Megan Jones scooped the first Australian CCI4* of 2021 at Tonimbuk International Horse Trials.

South Australia’s Megan traditionally makes the long trip to Tonimbuk to kick start her season and once again showed her experience on Kirby Park Impress, taking the win with just 1.6 time penalties on cross country




Number 3

Website - Antonia Pink

We’re now getting to the pointy end of the countdown and, while we have three big names topping the podium in our Facebook stats, the amateur eventing riders have risen like cream to the top of the website stats

Two very popular northern events – Belsay International in Northumberland and Blair Castle in Scotland – are featured in third place with Antonia Pink riding Willma in the BE90 at Belsay 2019



Facebook - Rosie Fry

Dorset-based Rosie Fry posted the best international result of her career, simultaneously putting her Blair demons to bed, when she claimed the CCI4*L aboard her Aunt Di White-Hamilton's home-bred 10-year-old True Blue Too II at Blair Castle in 2021

Nine years ago, Rosie went into the showjumping phase at Blair in the lead on another horse, but a dislodged four fences plummeted her down the order. This year all the poles stayed in their cups and a delighted Rosie completed with more than a fence in hand over the rest of the field.



Number 4

Website - Chloe Robinson

This won’t be the last time we’ll watch a video from Richmond (1) 2021 in this countdown as the popular North Yorkshire event has also proved popular for videos to watch on our website

Chloe Robinson blitzed around the BE100 course at Richmond in May for 12th place overall but Chloe obviously could not have been happier with the 14.2h Irish bred mare who gets plenty of praise as they eat up the course



Facebook - Charlotte Cooke

Over on Facebook, one of the most famous ponies in the world with two European gold medals to his name, took the fourth spot with his win at Blair Castle

Previously ridden by Ellie and Finn Healy, Charlotte Cooke was the luckiest girl in the world when Midnight Dancer II was her Christmas present in 2020. Since then, they have built a great partnership with multiple wins and top six placings in 2021, including this win of the CCI1*-S at Blair Castle International


Number 5

Website - Clare Corney

The video of Clare Corney and Ballybough Bobati, coming at Number 5 on the website, is a bit of a mystery.

It looks like a lovely ride around the BE80 course at Chilham Castle (1) in May and Clare’s happy face at the end seems to indicate a smooth round, but the results show an elimination!

Maybe a missed jump or jumped the wrong fence? We’re not sure but, if you see this Clare, we’d love to know the story!



Facebook - Oliver Townend

That the World Number One Oliver Townend is in the top five of our countdown is much less of a mystery.

Oliver and the seven-year-old mare who finished in the top 10 in both the British Young Horse Championship and World Young Horse Championship at Le Lion in 2021, Cooley Rosalent, had a good win earlier in the year in the CCI3*-S at Burnham Market International. This is how they did it



Number 6

Website - Austin O'Connor

And yet another Olympian at Number Six! Ireland’s Austin O’Connor took Cathal Daniels’ last minute withdrawal team spot at Tokyo 2020, riding Colorado Blue but in our cross country video countdown, he is on board a much less experienced horse

Riding the five-year-old Sir Ancelotti in the BE90 Open at Swalcliffe Park 2020 at the horse’s first ever competition, Austin pilots the green horse around the track and you can see Sir Ancelotti positively growing in confidence as he makes his way around his first cross country track



Facebook - Yasmin Ingham

Talking of the Olympics, Yasmin Ingham has said all along that Banzai Du Loir was bought with the Paris 2024 Olympics in mind, and their win in the CCI4*-L at Blenheim International 2021 moved them one step closer to that goal and gave Yasmin “The best day of my life”



Number 7

Website - Georgina Lowson

Ahead of some big names riding at International events, we have an Australian amateur eventing rider, Georgina Lowson riding the gorgeous Cardashion in the number seven spot on our website stats

Competing at Tamborine (1) 2021 in Queensland, AUS, it is maybe not surprising that the coloured horse Cardashion has garnered so many views as he and Georgina make the EvA95 course looks like a walk in the park



Facebook - Gemma Tattersall

Riding at approximately the same level on the other side of the world is yet another big name on one of her up and coming stars

Gemma Tattersall not only had her big guys out at Barefoot Retreats Burnham Market International Horse Trials but she also took a win on the lovely Chilli Rocks in the BE100. A better bred horse would be hard to find – by Chilli Morning out of Gemma’s Rio mare Quicklook V – who went on to take several more wins during the season at Novice level and his first International CCI2*-S later in the year. One to watch in 2022



Number 8

Website - Cathal Daniels

Ireland’s Cathal Daniels comes in at Number 8 riding Joyce L at Osberton International & Young Horse Championships 2021 in October.

A World Equestrian Games team silver medallist in 2018, Cathal was selected as part of the Irish team at Tokyo 2020 but had the disappointment of a last- minute withdrawal when his mare Rioghan Rua was not 100% just before the dressage.

It looks like he has another great cross country mare in the six-year-old German-bred Joyce L who was competing in the CCI2*-S Young Horse class



Facebook - Tom Jackson

Tom Jackson riding Forrest Gump at South of England (1) had a good win early in the year at South of England (1) in April, when everyone was very pleased to finally be back out eventing after a slow start to the season

Tom and Forrest Gump took the Open Intermediate Section K, ahead of Tim Price on Falco IV who would go on to win the CCI5* at Pau later in the year and where Tom took seventh place on Billy Cuckoo




Number 9

Website - Bella Innes Ker 

We’re hailing back to 2018 with the Number 9 on our website views when Bella Innes Ker and Cartown Wallabe finished eighth in the CIC3* (now CCI4*-S) with this great ride at her local Scottish event, the beautiful Blair Castle International.

Bella also took fourth place on Carolyn in the same class that year but it is the 13-year-old Irish bred gelding Cartown Wallabe that takes the honours in this countdown



Facebook - William Fox-Pitt

“Winning was a nice surprise” said William Fox-Pitt when he won the CCIO4* at Houghton International in 2021 “I came here because it had rained, the ground was good, and this year we don't know where else we will run – I thought 'make the most of it'. Little Fire is a good horse and doesn't need to prove himself, but sometimes it's nice to win.

“He's straight forward and doesn't pull - but he was very surprised today when I told him to get on with it... he thought, 'Really? Surely this is plenty fast enough?' I haven't ridden him fast since Badminton 2019 so today was a bit of a surprise for both of us. I haven't been inside the time in a 4*S for about 10 years – it's not one of my goals!”

They don’t seem to be going fast but it’s lovely to watch the master at work!



Number 10

Website - Shane Rose

Tokyo 2020 silver medallist Shane Rose and Stakkino won the CCN3* at Equestriad in May but it was his third place getter, the Duke of Sussex, who takes 10th place on our most watched videos of 2021

Shane, who is one of the organisers of this event as well as busy riding multiple horses, is always great to watch at any level on cross country - enjoy!



Facebook - Amy Gotts-Wheeler on Sharvalley Thunder

Over on our Facebook page, another Australian rider took the number 10 spot with Amy Gotts-Wheeler riding Sharvalley Thunder attracting a lot of attention with her CCI2*-S winning cross country ride at Tonimbuk International Horse Trials 2021