1) Reiner Klimke
The rest of the list in no particular order but #1 is! I am in truly in awe of Reiner. *bows down*
When I watched the video below I saw how beautiful dressage could truly be:
2) Denny Emerson
I absolutely love his writing. I admire his straight forward and practical approach to everything. I think it's very cool that he competed in endurance as well. His articles and riding have inspired me to pursue eventing (albeit at a low wimpy level!)
3) Phillipe Karl
My interest in PK came from a previous mentor (who sadly moved away). My friend/mentor used similar techniques and I hope to participate in the School de Legerete with one of my youngsters eventually.
4) Beezie Madden & Beth Underhill
Beezie and Beth were my absolute favorites to watch as a kid. I was wowed by both of them. I definitely galloped some jumping courses in my basement (with my own legs) after watching these ladies.
Who do you have on your "favorite equestrians" list? :)
I have quite a few other names I could add to this list but this is a good start!