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The Highs and Lows.......
The Highs and Lows.......
The Highs and Lows.......13
The Highs and Lows.......

Although my first 5* is what we have been working towards for many years the days leading up to it were business as usual with all the other horses competing at Broadway and Wellington. They all had good steady runs ready for their 3 day campaigns.

Bicton certainly showed how an event should be run from all angles, and what a difference when everyone is pulling together. Nothing was too much trouble. The horses, owners and riders were looked after with first class attention. Nothing was left to chance and all the wonderful volunteers were only too happy to help. A big thank you goes to Andrew Fell and his amazing team. Also, to Chedington Estate and Elite Eventing.tv. and all the sponsors. A Final thanks must go to NFU who had an owners marquee on XC day. Screens to enable them to watch all the action with complimentary drinks and food flowing all afternoon - this was greatly appreciated.

Safe to say that the journey to my first 5* didn't go to plan. Having loaded up and ready to leave to have dressage lessons on the way, we noticed air coming from under the cab! Not a good start - We quickly unloaded and put 2 horses on the small lorry to get to our dressage session to put final touches in place. Mum stayed behind and got the mechanics out to sort the lorry and luckily this was ready to go on our return .

Having planned to leave at 8.15 we eventually left at 1.15!

The horses travelled well. I took The Partner and Ballycoog Breaker with me to keep them in work, as they are both heading to Blenheim.

Thursday was trot up day and Vinnie just about held it together - I now know when he is about to misbehave so can prevent it from happening - such a spoil sport!!

Friday was dressage day. With Vinnie having worked well on Thursday evening and feeling really good, I just gave him an easy leg stretch in the morning and kept him relaxed. Our dressage wasn't until mid afternoon and both Vinnie and I were in a really good place.

Vinnie pulled out his best test ever and what a day to do it! Our first 5*! There were two big enough errors which prevented us from topping the leader board but to be sitting in 3rd behind Pippa and Piggy was quite something!

My main aim was to go to Bicton under the radar and enjoy every minute. However, with the Horse and Hound editorial and the Eventing Podcast series that wasn't going to happen!! Having said that , I did actually thoroughly enjoy all the various media chats and podcasts. I look forward to doing more of this in the future.

Sadly, cross country day was very short lived as we had to retire after fence 2. I had felt a change in Vinnie's gait and knew that not all was well. It has been confirmed now we are home that he has injured a tendon and will be off for next season.

As gutting as it is our aim is to give him the best opportunity for a full recovery so that he will be back competing in 2023.

He is very happy and content and looking every
bit a 5* Horse.

We are now focussing on Blenheim where The Partner and Ballycoog Breaker Boy are both competing and this is followed by Osberton.











































A long day - but so worth it.....
A long day - but so worth it.....
A long day - but so worth it.....9
A long day - but so worth it.....

The long trip to Somerford Park was well worth it with great results - a 1st, 2 x 2nd's and a 7th. We left the yard at 3am with 4 horses and left the yard at 11.15pm having unpacked and put the horses to bed.

V.I.P Vinnie (2nd), The Partner (7th) and Ballycoog Breaker Boy (2nd) were all in the OI. All in different sections. All three produced very good tests followed by double clears. I ran competitively as the ground was the best of the season. I particularly wanted to test what I had with V.I.P Vinnie before we head to Bicton 5* in a couple of weeks. This was because we have had a frustrating season on the cross country, we have done a lot of work over the last 2 months to address this both in training and bit changes.

The Dominator had much to live up to in his ON class and produced his best test yet scoring 20.
This put us in the lead but we rolled the last pole in the SJ which dropped us to 2nd. We ran clear XC and 1 second inside the time to take the win. He was king in the lorry on the way home much to the annoyance of the other horses, all who had put in stella performances.

This has set them all up for their Autumn campaigns.

A big thank you to Somerford Park for putting on a fabulous event, as always. The new show jumping arena rode well and the twisty course challenged us all.







Team

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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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Blunsdon, Swindon, SN26 7ER
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