Chance Remark, the 17 year old regular partner of top young event rider, Willa Newton, has been retired from competition.
“We had really hoped to give him one more season but sadly it wasn’t meant to be. He had been in such good form and in great condition that it was gutting to have to withdraw him at the last minute before Badminton. He has done so much for me and, having had such a brilliant season last year, it is definitely the right decision. I feel incredibly lucky to have done what we have done together and I am so very grateful to him for giving me some amazing moments. I don’t think I will ever ride a horse that makes 5 star feel that easy and I am just so grateful to the owners that I got to play a small part in this amazing horse’s career,” explains Willa.
Added owners Feena Machin and Peter Thomas: “It’s every owner’s dream to achieve 5 star success and we are immensely proud of Willa and her team for establishing such a great relationship with Chance Remark (aka Austen) and taking us on a fantastic journey to the top.”
Added Willa: “Austen owes us nothing and, although it was a difficult decision to retire him, hopefully he can enjoy a happy retirement fit and well.”
Chance Remark was rated the 12th Top Event Horse in the 2018 British Eventing Rankings, having finished the season with two top 10 5 star results – 4th in Luhmuhlen and 8th at Burghley.
It leaves Willa, who is on the World Class Equestrian Podium Potential squad, short of top horsepower and she is actively looking for new owners looking to bring out the best in their horses.