Cooley SRS who will be ridden by Olympic hopeful Hazel Shannon

Willinga Park is the new home to European Championship gold medalist Cooley SRS who will be ridden by Olympic hopeful Hazel Shannon, as she tries to make the Australian Olympic eventing team heading to Tokyo in 2020.

Shannon and Willinga Park Clifford took first place at the Australian International CCI4* three-day event to become the first-ever combination to win the prestigious event twice.

Shannon has now added one of the leading horses in Europe to her stable, Cooley SRS, who will be known as WillingaPark Cooley. The horse came second at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials in May with previous rider Oliver Townend, and is one of the leading horses in the world. The 11-year-old Irish Sport horse also was part of the European gold medal-winning team at Strzegom in 2017.

“Australia’s next great generation of strong equestrians is here, and I am proud to sponsor Hazel in her journey toward Tokyo,” says Terry Snow, of Willinga Park. “Our future Olympians need support and time to establish partnership with these horses to compete internationally, elevate their performance and win for our country.”

“Hazel’s partnership with WillingaPark Clifford has strengthened over three years and they have demonstrated this in spades by winning two out of three 4* events. We believe with time to develop and WillingaPark Cooley’s record in Europe, Hazel will build another winning partnership, giving her further opportunity to compete on the international stage beyond 2020.”