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Bicton International - is definitely one of the big "B" competitions in the UK
Bicton International - is definitely one of the big "B" competitions in the UK
Bicton International - is definitely one of the big "B" competitions in the UK6
Bicton International - is definitely one of the big "B" competitions in the UK

We started with The Partner doing his first long format 4*. Our aim was to have a relaxed dressage test rather than a tense anxious test, which is his usual default, particularly on big occasions. This was definitely achieved with it being his most relaxed test ever.
Cross country was always going to be tough for all horses, first timers or not. It was a very strong track with continual undulations and jumping efforts with no where to be complacent - a true test.
On the last very steep hill there was a combination with 3 elements, many horses were tired by then, The Partner included, so he joined the list of horses to have penalties there.
He then got a second wind having travelled down to the water and finished the course well.
Unfortunately, I was very stupid and crossed my tracks on one of the long routes earlier on in the course which incurred a further 20 penalties.
None the less, I was very proud of The Partner for finishing the course (many didn't) and he came out well for the trot up on Sunday. He really did give me everything.
It always makes the last day easier when you are sitting on a jumper like The Partner - he came out super fresh with springs on and jumped an immaculate clear round.
Despite being further down the leader board than I would like, we have come away knowing that we have another very good 4* horse in the stable and look forward to seeing what the rest of the season brings for him.

What unbelievable company to be in when lying 10th after dressage, with V.I.P Vinnie. Another very relaxed test, not quite a clear round with 3 small mistakes, but never the less a great test.
Cross country was a different story. We set out with V.I.P Vinnie feeling unbelievable - but feeling VERY strong. At the 2nd fence I asked him to come back but got no response and this then led onto a downward hill where he took off. We managed to stay together until fence 7 where he was doing his own thing and ran past and this happened again coming out of the second water where we had two angle brushes. At this point I decided to retire as there was nothing to gain by continuing. This is the final straw, as this has been a theme this season. He is so fit and strong compared to the last two seasons and now it is back to the drawing board, probably with a change of bit. Very frustrating as he is more than capable of jumping this level, and it would be in his comfort Zone.

A huge well done to Helen West and her team for putting on such a fantastic event - let alone with only 7 weeks notice - and they had gone all out.

Also a massive thank you to Izzy Mckeeman who looked after the horses superbly all weekend, they didn't want for anything and also to Michael Hewlett for keeping the show on the road at home.

Now to concentrate on the youngsters who will start competing in July.


Finally at a 3 day - Houghton Hall
Finally at a 3 day - Houghton Hall
Finally at a 3 day - Houghton Hall4
Finally at a 3 day - Houghton Hall

We thought we were arriving to lovely sunshine but in reality it was pouring with rain and we all had to be towed in!! - Luckily the ground dried up over night. We have never seen the grass so long and green. The trees in the park looked stunning.

I wasn't looking forward to being 2nd to go in the dressage on Ballycoog Breaker Boy - not sure if the judges are warmed up that early!!!! However, he put in a lovely safe test to lie equal first at the end of day one.
We had a great spin round the cross country, but due to his size and lack of strength it did feel as though I was riding a boat home. He gave me as much as he could and we came in clear - I was aiming to get as close to the optimum time as possible as two of us were on the same score. Unfortunately this back fired as I was over the time by 1 second! - Lesson learnt!
He came out the next day feeling very well and it was a long wait to the show jumping - 17.40pm.
He jumped a lovely round and really tried not to touch a fence. Unfortunately, we crashed through the first part of the treble but managed to jump the rest of it clear. Very pleased to have finished 10th in good company.

V.I.P Vinnie and The Partner were in the 4*S. but only to do the dressage and show jumping - both having mixed performances. Vinnie did a lovely test but disappointed with the score. He had 2 down in the show jumping which were both entirely my fault. I rode badly. Despite the best warm up The Partner reverted back to tension in the 10 minute arena and carried this through to his test. He didn't do anything wrong, other than his second change, it was just very tense. I rode his Show Jumping round much better than I rode Vinnie and he had a good clear.

Venues like this make the event so special and it was great to be back at a long format competition. Huge thanks to all involved in putting on the event and to Michael and the team at home looking after all the horses.

Currently on our way to Bicton with V.I.P Vinnie and The Partner for the 4*L


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A Few Testimonials

Sharon and Holly Bishop Parkfield Breeding - Owner As breeders and producers of high quality Event horses, Parkfield Breeding absolutely understands the importance of working with only the best partners. The full team at Will Rawlin Eventing (WRE) epitomise the attention to detail required to allow every horse to perform to the best of their ability. Be it consistency of routine, the quality of training or planning ahead. And perhaps most importantly, giving every horse confidence and affection both on the ground and in the saddle. Our horses mean a great deal to us! Thus having a relationship based on trust with a rider means everything to us. Will keeps us updated and we are actively involved in each horses’s journey. The family nature of WRE means attending events is great fun and we always feel valued and well looked after. We would have no hesitation in recommending Will for all of the above reasons. Furthermore we believe he is a talented athlete on his way to great things and we are excited to be a little part of that journey. *** John Bowen - International Coach I have been working with Will as his coach since he was 12 years old. I was immediately aware that he had a talent as a rider, and have enjoyed helping to develop him into the Young Professional that he has become. Will has a thorough understanding of the correct training principles, and producing the Event Horse as an all round athlete. In short, Will is a talented athlete, who is a pleasure to work with, has a bright future ahead of him, and is an ambassador for the Sport of Eventing *** Fi Apthrorp - Owner Having seen Will ride since his early teens he stood out to me as something very special. My daughter gave up her ride and Will was the person I wanted to see have the ride instead. In my opinion, he will be one of the top event riders in the country one day. He is an extremely dedicated, hardworking person who shows exceptional maturity for his age. It’s about the bigger picture not the immediate wins that is important to him and he always puts the horse first.

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Gavin Scofield
Role:  
Osteopath,

Gavin is an internationally renowned Equine Osteopath, who has been in full time Equine practice for over twenty years . Gavin has worked with Will for about 15 years, since Will was still riding ponies! Gavin has refined and developed Osteopathic technique to develop a unique way of working which has pushed the boundaries of what is possible therapeutically, allowing the patient’s body to achieve greater benefits from manual medicine. This subtle approach is specifically tailored to work with the innate homeostatic /self correcting reflexes within the body, including the postural centres of the brain. By appropriately stimulating these areas, on many levels, it is possible to help the equine FUNDAMENTALLY change patterns of tension within their muscular-skeletal system. This allows not just a release of tensions, but a PERMANENT change in postural balance, improving biomechanical function, especially movement. This improved postural balance can not only optimise the equine’s movement potential but has also been seen to help improve physiological function and psychological issues.

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