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What a way to finish the season.....
What a way to finish the season.....
What a way to finish the season.....5
What a way to finish the season.....

With the last 2021 5* competition this weekend in France I reflect on my season which finished at Osberton - it was Fantastic to have 2 FOD's to finish the season with Ballycoog Breaker Boy and The Dominator gave me 110% all week at Osberton and worked with me every step of the way. They were rewarded with a 4th (in the 3*L) and 2nd (in the 2*L) at Osberton.

A huge thank you to Michael Hewlett for looking after them so well and for doing all my trot ups for me. ( I was still recovering from my fall at Blenheim!) Also, for his care of the horses and the support through out the season.

William started the week with a Thursday dressage which I was really chuffed with as he was relaxed and rideable and for me it was a better performance than at Blenheim. I was very disappointed with his mark as I didn't feel it reflected the work he did. However, Dressage is very subjective so it obviously wasn't what the judges were looking for.

William was lucky to have the best of the weather, as the forecast was very bad for the afternoon. They had reduced the course by 1 minute so they could get as many horses cross country before the weather came in. He gave me a very good ride, very straight and honest, as usual. Although we did have one hairy moment when my air jacket went off as I leant too far back at a big drop and the new lanyard got over stretched!! This momentarily winded me but luckily the air pressure reduced over time. Clear Inside the time.

William never wants to touch the SJ fences although he is economical over them!!! He jumped better than at Blenheim and achieved the clear that I wanted which moved us from 11th to 4th.

He has been very consistent this season - I am really pleased with him and looking forward to competing in the 4*L next season. We are looking for owners to join us on this journey and be part of the Will Rawlin Eventing Team.

Dom - We knew he was capable of this result as he seems to have come on so much recently. He very much did his best dressage performance, working with me from start to finish and trying really hard.

I was slightly apprehensive about the cross country as he can loose confidence and shrink within himself. Despite the really bad weather conditions he was in his element and had his ears pricked from start to finish. I was so pleased with him when crossed the finish line - clear inside the time.
After XC we were lying 4th.

No pressure then for the show jumping!!! This was by far his best round, feeling supple and rideable and he felt really confident in himself. A fantastic clear finishing with a well deserved 2nd place. It's great to be on the podium in such a competitive sport. I'm super pleased for Parkfield Breeding as I know how much they put into this and all their horses. As a team we know this is the start of what he will achieve in the future.

A big thank you to all the volunteers who work tirelessly throughout the year - particularly all those who got soaked through in the down pour on Saturday afternoon at Osberton.

Look out for membership opportunities, winter training clinics, and ownership options in Ballycoog Breaker Boy.

A big thank you to the whole team for their tireless input into keeping myself and the horses on the road - we have a very special team and I am hugely grateful to each and everyone of you.

The season was full of ups and downs, as always, but overall it was a good season giving us so much hope for 2022 and beyond and with some new horses coming in we will certainly be busy.

Roll on next season.

This Horse does it again......
This Horse does it again......
This Horse does it again......10
This Horse does it again......

Ballycoog Breaker Boy has achieved a top 10 finish in every age class. My aim for the 8/9 year old Championships (4*S) was a top ten finish - great to achieve what we set out to do.

If I am honest I was slightly disappointed with the test and therefore the mark. He wasn't carrying himself as well as he has been and therefore his engagement from behind wasn't as good as it could be. He did everything I asked and it was a clear round test.

I was glad not to be early in the Show Jumping as the fog was really bad and made the arena quite eerie - it was still there for us but the sun was just breaking through. Luck was on our side as we touched just about every fence but managed a clear. It was a full up twisty course with big crowds and he slightly distracted - I think these young horses have really missed the experience of having crowds over the last couple of years.

Having had a fall on Saturday I wasn't in a great place both physically and mentally, the morning of cross country. A mixture of Indiba's electromagnetic current treatment, both Saturday and Sunday, being strapped up and the belief that I was on a very good horse got me round the course. The ground was the best there for years and an extremely good inviting course which was a real joy to ride with Ballycoog Breaker Boy being honest and straight from start to finish. We just had a few time penalties which left us in 8th place.

This horse just keeps giving and I would love to find people who would like to join in his journey to 5*. He has a lot more to come which is super exciting.

The Partner performed his best test to date at 4* (2nd best score) but he was the most rideable he has ever been in a big arena. I was thrilled with this as this part of eventing doesn't come naturally to him. Unfortunately I fell off him on the cross country (he didn't fall). The Partner was absolutely mega around the course and giving me one of his best rounds cross country. He seemed to be coping with the crowds, which were huge. This is very encouraging as he is a bit of a worrier. The fall was a lot heavier than we thought and having checked my back out there are a couple of broken transverse processes (wings of the vertebrae). Nothing can be done about this so just sorting the bruising and pain. The Partner came bouncing out on Sunday thinking he was getting ready for his show jumping and looked so well.

A big thank you to Michael Hewlett for looking after the horses so well and picking up the slack this week.

The Dominator PFB and Ballycoog Breaker Boy are at Osberton in the 2*L and 3*L at the end of the month. - Then a holiday for all!!


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.

Gavin Scofield

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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