Do you ever see a horse that looks so much like your own that you have to stop and do a double take? A few months ago one of my Instagram followers messaged me to say how much Presto reminded her of one of Allison Springer’s horses, Business Ben. And, um, yeah Kate you are 110% right. It’s almost freaky!
The markings, the color, the face shape, the build… he’s really really similar looking to Presto. And yes that photo is from Allison’s Facebook page because I’ve turned into a legit stalker with this horse now. Not sorry.
Ben is an 8yo full Thoroughbred that came up through and had some success at the YEH program. He had the 4th highest jumping score in the country at Championships as a 4yo and is now competing at the 2* level. I would be 0% upset if Presto decided to take after Ben not only in looks but also in talent and aptitude.
Henry also has an upper level eventer doppelgänger of his own, except – and this should come as no surprise – his is a mare.
The first time I ever really got a good look at Daniela Moguel’s 4* mare Cecilia was at her Rolex debut. Watching her go around XC was like watching a (much more talented) copy of Henry. Her slightly downhill build, her overall demeanor, and especially her facial expressions… dead ringer for Henry.
She too has the happiest XC face in all the land.
And she too is really fed up with all the rest of your bullshit.
Her resting mare face is almost as good as Henry’s.
It’s too cute. She’s Henry’s long lost twin, and yet somehow despite the fact that they’re both TB, they really don’t share any common bloodlines in the first several generations. And yes, of course I stalk and root for Cecilia as well. How could I not, with a face like that?
Do your horses have doppelgängers too?