Cock A Doodle Do at Alnwick Ford

Willa hits the ground running

Posted on September 22, 2021 in .  So far there are No comments

Willa has hit the ground running for the 2021 eventing season after her recovery from a serious injury to her pelvis in 2020.

80% of her 80 plus runners have finished in the Top 20 across the levels from BE100 to 4*.

The highlight so far was a double at the Alnwick Ford International at the end of June taking the 3* with  Cock a Doodle Doo and the 2* with Light the Fuse.

Willa’s and Anne Marshall’s Cock A Doodle Doo is a nine-year-old by Clarimo whom she bought in Germany as a three-year-old. She was lying second after dressage on a score of 26.4 and overtook the leader Alex Hua Tian on the strength of a faster time cross-country.

Willa rode Katie and Jamie Davenport’s homebred mare Light The Fuse to victory in the CCI2*-S. Fourth after dressage with a mark of 29.4, the pair added nothing to that score to vault up the leaderboard.

Willa said: “I had a great weekend – it was my first time at Alnwick Ford, but I’ll definitely be back! Cock A Doodle Doo was super - he’s very exciting. It was a good cross-country course for him; there were lots of different questions and the going was great. He had a few spooky moments in the dressage, but I was pleased with him and his jumping phases were spot-on.”

This was a first international victory for eight-year-old Light The Fuse at just her second attempt at the level.

Owner Jamie Davenport said: “For someone called Light The Fuse, she’s been a slow burner - she was quite a slow starter, but she’s really come into her own in the past year. Willa is doing an amazing job with her and we’re so thrilled.”

Photo courtesy of:  Lottie Elizabeth Photography

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