Thanks to some loyal and expert help from others, Willa’s younger horses who need to gain experience, have been able to continue competition being ridden by other riders.
Explains Willa: “JP Sheffield has very kindly taken on the rides on two of the five year olds at Hall Farm. While my team continue to produce them here at home JP has been riding them at shows.
“Both Kingsman and Quality Time have showed what exciting horses they are for the future. Isobel Crosbie’s Kingsman has won all three of his events and last time out qualified for the Thoresby Young Horse Championships. Quality Time has also been placed every time out and narrowly missed out on qualifying for Thoresby (the new Osberton). He has another chance for qualification to come, so we are keeping everything crossed. I am so excited about these two young horses and can’t wait to see what the future holds for them,” comments Willa.
“Ros Canter has taken on the ride, while I’m off, on Jamie and Katie Davenports Light the Fuse (stable name Hazel). Ros has got to know her very quickly and they just missed out on the placings at Norton Disney Novice. Hazel is gaining some brilliant experience and I am very grateful to Ros, continues Willa.
“Zoe Feeney’s Just Soda No Ice has also stayed with us here and Chloe Astill, who has been based here for some time, has taken on the ride. She did a fantastic job on her first event at Solihull with this lovely mare, with a leading 25 dressage score followed by a lovely double clear with a few time penalties, to finish 4th.
“Chloe has also been riding Lawrence and Anne Marshall’s Rebellious II. Chloe has been doing a brilliant job show jumping with him and getting him out and about and they are looking at doing an event soon.
” Georgie Jelf’s Cock a Doodle doo has also been out show jumping with JP on board.
“Carole and Annie Kirkham’s lovely Cisco’s Calor Z is being ridden by young rider Georgia Bartlett while I am out of action and jumped a lovely double clear at Aston and just missed out on the placings.
“Finally, a big thank you needs to go to Matthew Firth and my team at home for doing such a brilliant job producing the horses for the competitions,” ends Willa.