WILL RAWLIN – It’s been a busy August …

Mr. Consistent, Ballycoog Breaker Boy (William) has put in two great performances ahead of the upcoming Young Event Horse Championships at Osberton. Placing 2nd in the BE100 at Smiths Lawn and Wellington. Fingers crossed this young horse will put in his best performance yet at the end of the month. 

Will is looking forward to doing a test in the bigger arena at Osberton, where William can be more relaxed and less behind the vertical, as the corners won’t come up so quickly!. Also, the event will provide a chance to assess how far he has progressed and matured exactly one year on from joining Will.
In preparation for Osberton Will recently had a fantastic lesson on Ballycoog Breaker Boy, with long-time Coach, John Bowen, where the pair were completely at one. Whatever happens at Osberton, this special five-year-old will go on to enjoy a well earnt rest.

Alvescot Dance Time (Dudley) had two top ten finishes from his most recent outings; Dauntsey and West Wilts Novice. Placing 8th at West Wilts was particularly impressive as the Show Jumping caused a lot of problems for competitors. Cross country is a particularly strong point for this horse, and having not picked up a XC jumping fault all season, Dudley gives his rider a chance to relax and really enjoy going into the final phase. This very promising horse is for sale as Will is too tall for him ongoing and his owner now lives and works in London. Do get in touch with Will on 07902 65720 for further information. 

NAF International Hatpury Horse Trials

The Partner (Conquer) had a fantastic weekend at Hartpury in the CCI*, finishing just outside the top 20. 

He was cool calm and collected, falling into a better rhythm in the dressage followed by a double clear inside the time! The class was particularly close and the cross country was not very influential but The Partner’s clear show jumping pulled him up around 15 places to finish 21st which was a fantastic result. Will was very pleased with Conquer who is constantly improving and showing great potential. Will said it was a fantastic Event and the riders were well looked after and the ground was amazing.

Will Rawlin Eventing Winners – Owners For a Day at NAF International Hatpury Horse Trials

Team Rawlin were not alone in celebrating the success over the Hartpury weekend. ‘Owner for a day’ competition winner Laura Sloan and her friend Shirley Baristowe joined the event from a Team Rawlin Owner’s perspective, and get a real feel for being owners which included sporting some Team Rawlin jackets. 

Laura kindly gave us an account of her day with Team Rawlin, she says: 

~ Wow! At first, we couldn’t believe our luck to have won a behind the scenes visit to Hartpury International to meet Will Rawlin.
Upon arrival, we were greeted by Will himself and taken to the stable area to meet his horse ‘The Partner’ (Conquer) who is a stunning big chesnut with a lot of character and wasted no time in seeking out treats.
We were then introduced to Miranda and Andy; Will’s parents who play a pivotal role in Team Rawlin Eventing. Will took the time to explain about his horses, preparation, tack and answered our numerous questions so that we could get a real feel for what it was like to be event horse owners.
Being cross country day, we saw the preparations at the stable before heading to the warm up to see how Will prepares for his cross country phase. 

To witness a foot perfect clear was fantastic, and it was great to see Will really pleased. 

It was fascinating to be involved in the cooling down phase, and see the vet check procedure; there was a lot of laughter when the vet wasn’t able to find the horse’s his heartbeat –  temporarily! Once given the all clear we helped walk him off before heading back to the stables.

We were then treated to a lovely lunch and drinks at the NAF hospitality tent and with the family before heading out on to the cross country course where we watched some three star fences being jumped and Will took the time to explain how he would approach certain fences and why. 

For us, this day was once in a life time amazing, we learnt so much and are very grateful to all the team for making our day such a fantastic experience. Of course, we wish Will continued success with his lovely string of horses. ~

All the Rawlins very much enjoyed being joined by Laura and Shirley for the day, and thank them for being such great company. Will has some exciting and varied syndicate options coming up ready for next season – if you would like to enquire please call Will on 07902565720 or Miranda on -07718271967.

Turn For The Worse:

On a less cheery note, there was a recent colic scare with Harry. Whilst away at a family celebration, Immy, Will’s freelance groom who was looking after the horses noticed him scraping at his bed when he came in from the field. This was not normal for him.  The horse was taken to the Vet’s and it was found that his large colon had moved up the side of his spleen due to excess gas in the stomach. This is known as Nephrosplenic Entrapment Colic.  Will and his team were warned to prepare for the worst, maybe a hefty operation with prognosis not being great. Luckily Harry was given the all clear the next morning, with everything having dropped back in place with the help of drugs. It was a very lucky escape from what could have been an even nastier encounter and Will is very grateful to Immy for her quick thinking and action. It was also a reminder that this sort of thing happens much more often than people think, and colic affects all horses, whatever level of performance and condition. There had been no change to diet or routine and the vet said “it was just one of those things”.

How to Jump Without Your Horse:

Will recently took part in a different jumping event where the sole aim is to fall out the side door. As it was Missy’s (Will’s sister) 21st birthday, the siblings took part in a 15 000ft tandem skydive; free falling for 60 seconds at 125mph. Both really enjoyed it and felt totally safe with their instructors, even though Will’s was half his height, and jokingly known as his rucksack! 

Arc Developments: 

Will’s role as an ArcEquine agent is going well, with some successful sales over the past month. You, too can purchase both the ArcEquine and the Arc4Health, by using his code: AE5243 you will recieve a 10% discount.  Order direct from www.arc-family.com

The horses using the ArcEquine are showing good results.  V.I.P Vino’s suspensory injury has vastly improved, from his last scan, which was a pleasant surprise as he is a great one for bucking and bronking. Also Vino has an old scar on his hoof, which until recently has not changed in years but is now starting to soften and repair. 

The Partner (Conquer) used the Arc during and after Hartpury on the competition programme, and he came out of the competition really well, his recovery was faster than expected, you would never have known he had just done a 3 day event!

You can hear more from Will and his horses by following his social media pages, @willrawlin on Instagram, @WBREventing on twitter and @willrawlingeventing on Facebook. You can also follow his journey via his website www.willrawlin.com

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