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Willa reviews her 2019 season

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2019 has definitely been one of Highs and Lows:

Early on, we suffered a huge disappointment with Feena Machin’s, Peter Thomas’s, Christina Thompson’s and Jenny Leslie’s Chance Remark retiring in the Spring; and the Sandpiper Syndicate’s Moonlight Dance S having a difficult year with minor injuries and setbacks which prevented her season from never really kicking off.

Lady Sarah McCorquodale’s Caja 20 again had a slow start but showed everyone what a brilliant mare she is when everything is right, winning a very competitive OI at Burnham Market.

It has also been very exciting taking over the reins on Anne and Lawrence Marshall and Chloe Lynn’s Rebellious. Chloe was based with us while she was studying at Leeds before heading off travelling and handing over the reins. He picked up a couple of intermediate placings before jumping round the three star long at Osberton. A very exciting horse for next year, who I look forward to moving up the levels with.

The Younger horses

The young horses have excelled themselves this season and the quality has shone through. Georgina Jelf’s Cock a Doodle Doo showed what an exciting horse he is winning several intermediates, before finishing 4th at Osberton 7 year olds and 14th at the World Young Horse championships at Le Lion D’Angers. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for next year.

Viv and Chris Prior’s Cavatina Tinkerbelle also had some good results finishing third in short two star at Chatsworth and 13th at Houghton, she is such a fun horse who loves every minute of her job.

It has also been hugely exciting having Zoe Feeney’s 6 year old Just Soda no ice as part of the team. She has gone from strength to strength, winning four events with Willa this year and finishing 9th, as the ‘Best British bred mare’ at the national 6 year old Championships at Osberton. A very special mare who had a bright future.

Louise Eadie’s Fadeline has also had a very successful season finishing 2nd in the **L at Camphire and 4th at Osberton. This is a very competitive horse for the future who is now ready to give someone a lot of fun, as she is sadly for sale.

Cipriani has also come on very well and stepped up to next level very confidently finishing just outside the top 10 in two six year old classes showing what an exciting horse he is for the future. There are now opportunities to take shares in him.  Click here for further details.

The 4 and 5 year olds

Lavano Valentino, a beautiful five year old gelding owned by Oxstone, has been produced quietly at home this season. We are now looking forward to a busy winter ahead showjumping and can’t wait to see what is in store for this very exciting young horse next year.

Jane Heerbeck’s Juncus Z has really taken to his eventing career. He did his first event in July picking up several Be100 placings and by the end of the season he was doing Novice finishing 8th at Kelsall. Another very exciting six year old.

Isobel Crosbie’s two four year olds have also really started to mature with Ballyfree Kannalier qualifying for Burghley and finishing just outside the top 10 and The Knight qualifying for Osberton.

Lastly Quality Time, a four year old purchased from Dirk Schrade at the beginning of the year has gone from strength to strength wining the BYEH class at Keysoe and then finishing 6th at Burghley after a great performance. He will be campaigned for five year old classes next year but is also for sale and we would love to find someone interested in joint ownership going into next year.

A huge thank you to everyone – my owners, sponsors, my incredible team, vets, farriers, physios who have made this year possible. We are definitely excited for 2020 and are aiming to make it bigger and better!

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