Willa is based at her parent’s yard at Stonesby, near Melton Mowbray. Willa comes from a family with a strong equestrian background and has ridden for as long as she can remember, being a keen member of the Belvoir Hunt Pony Club. Willa followed in her sisters’ footsteps of choosing to event. Since finishing University in 2012, Willa has focused solely on eventin, making her five star debut in 2021 with Neelix. Willa has taken time to undertake training each winter, in the UK and overseas, with top riders including Dirk Schrade and Bettina Hoy, to sharpen her skills and further her career.
- Willa kicked off her career in eventing by winning team gold at the Junior Europeans in 2008
- She has also represented Great Britain at three consecutive Young Rider European Championships winning Team Gold and Individual Silver at Blair Castle in 2011
- In 2018 Willa notched up two Top 10 Placings in 5 star events – finishing 8th at the prestigious Land Rover Burghley International Horse Trials and 5th in Luhmuhlen
- The 2021 season saw 75% of her runners finishing in the Top 20, across the levels, including a podium position in the Millstreet CCI-S4* with her up and coming horse Cock a Doodle Doo.
Willa’s latest results can be found here.