In honor of Rolex this year, we challenged you to Pay It Forward to a person who has had an influence on your riding career, whether it be big or small. You all turned in some really great, inspirational nominations, and it was very difficult for us to narrow the field down.
We’ve selected five finalists from the entries on Instagram, and now it’s time for you to vote! Check out the stories below and then vote for your favorite Instagram user’s name in our poll. The poll will close on Wednesday at 5 p.m. EST and we will update this post with the winner’s information.
Good luck to all, and thanks for playing!
I nominate Bonnie Mosser as my #TredstepPayItForward person! She is my inspiration, coach, and dear friend. Her work ethic, attention to detail, observation skills, teaching abilities, and knowledge are to be admired. Anyone who has worked with her has walked away better in someway– whether as a competitor, student, coach, or auditor. I have watched her transform from an intense competitor in the sport of Eventing, to a coach and instructor at her home base-producing horse and rider combinations to watch and appreciate. She brings years of experience and knowledge to the table, as well as an open mind for adapting to change- whether in the sport or with a specific horse/rider. I have learned valuable lessons from Bonnie, not only with horses but also in life. She defines Eventer and Equestrian, and I’d love to pay it forward!
#tredsteppayitforward @dmzrimsek I nominated @dmzrimsek Diane and I met on social media about 10 yrs ago now. We have never met in person, but that didn’t stop Diane and I from developing a friendship and eventing support. I’m based in Canada and she, in the US. Diane and I converse and share barn banter via social media and support for each other in competition and horse talk in general. It was this that lead to Diane sending me a Rolex 3 Day Event baseball hat. I had gone to watch friends compete in 1999, and sadly all hats were sold out. It would be about 10 yrs later that Diane and her friends went to Rolex and when I asked if she could pick up a hat for me, she did. Not only did she buy this, but she sent it to me where I live AND covered all costs. I wear this hat with pride. At a friendship that I have with an amazing equestrian and in support of the Rolex 3 Day Event- something I never expected to be able to attend. 💓💕💞💖❤
I’m nominating my dad, Mark Knight for #tredsteppayitforward ❤ My dad is the most inspirational and helpful person in my equestrian life. From coming to my first walk-trot crossrail show to buying our first horse to competing himself to coaching me, my dad has been through it all! Through multiple trainers and barns, some great, some not-so-great. Through so many of the best horses, all our crazy OTTBs (and WB!). Through all the drama and craziness. Through the early mornings and late nights, he’s been there for me through it *all* There’s no one I’d trust more with my training. He knows when to let my “real” trainers take over and when to support me and offer advice. He’s also a fantastic rider. From trail rides on vacations to his first Training level show on a previous OTTB, Magic (top), to his first home show with our first and current horse, Beau (bottom), my dad knows how to ride! He is the perfect nomination for the Tredstep Pay It Forward challenge, because he is such an inspiration and has helped me through so much! (Props for reading all of this!)
Nominating my sister, Melissa Gartland, for the @goeventing #TredstepPayItForward Challenge ❤️ From standing in the vet box halter in hand ready to help at my very first CCI to knowing my Dunkin order by heart, she's always an integral part of my competition team! As if that wasn't enough, she's also teaching me how to whip-in with the River Hills Foxhounds!
I nominate my BFF @kjanicki215 for the #TredstepPayItForward giveaway! She’s always there when someone needs a hand, happily (and patiently!) provides nutrition advice for my problem-child-picky-eater horse, and treats my horse like her own when she watches him while I’m out of town. And last year, after sending her horse out to another barn for a few months, she rehabbed him completely when he came back to her very thin and in shambles. I know Kristen wants to return to competing this year with her rehabbed horse, and I think she’d look fabulous in the Tredstep Solo Coat! #bffs #shesthebest #ottb #smokey @goeventing