Ballycoog Breaker Boy (William)
With the competition season well under way, Will took a selection of horses to Nunney International on
the sunniest weekend of the year.
Despite the sweltering heat, there were notable highs over the weekend including Ballycoog Breaker Boy placing 3rd in the 5-year-old class, thus qualifying them for the 5year old Championships at Osberton at the end of the season, at the first time of asking.
The age group classes are very competitive with only one qualifying place:ten starters, and each horse must meet the credentials including proof of breeding and a Unique Equine Life Number.
Alvescot Dance Time (Dudley)
Will was very pleased to have Frances Hatton-Brown at Nunney enabling her to share the excitement of the day as Alvescot Dance Time had a good run in the Novice. This was a highlight of the day as he is constantly improving. Will really enjoys sharing competition days with his owners and particularly the increased camaraderie and banter!!! He will be sad to see Alvescot Dance Time go in due course as Dudley is in his yard to be sold.
The Partner (Conquer)
As often happens in Eventing, for every up there can be a down, and unfortunately, at Nunney, The Partner overreached in his near perfect show-jumping round so Will decided to withdraw him from going cross-country. The Partner will be back competing soon and this mishap will not affect his season’s plans.
Horse of the month- Ballycoog Breaker Boy (William).
Born in Ireland, by Womanizer and out of Ballycoog Bonnie, Ballycoog Breaker Boy was brought to England through the Monart sales late 2015, before competing lightly as a 4-year-old with Vicky Tuffs
(GHF Equestrian), and placing 6th in the 4 year old championships at Osberton at the end of 2016. Will saw his advert last October and brought him to his yard in Hungerford, the fact that his stable name was William it was meant to be. Ballycoog Breaker Boy has gone from strength to strength and placed in the top 10 in all but one competition to date. He qualified for Osberton at the first time of asking at Nunney, just 0.1 penalty behind 2nd placed Kitty King. Looking at his performance so far this season, one could not have asked for more and there are very high hopes for this horse going forward, and rightly so.
Ballycoog Breaker Boy is enormous in size, character and heart. The youngest but easily the most sensible horse on the yard, Ballycoog Breaker Boy is easy in every way. He loves his job, his food and his people, becoming everyone’s favourite at first meeting. This big friendly giant has world class potential and it is hoped as the next big questions arise, he will take it all in his stride. Next season the aim for Ballycoog Breaker Boy is to progress to Novice C1* level, and target the 6-year-old Championships.
Excitingly, this horse is coming up for syndication in the near future, meaning some lucky person/persons can look forward to joining Will & Ballycoog Breaker Boy’s journey to the top. Aside from financial involvement, Will is really looking forward to sharing his interest and enjoyment of this horse’s development and progression with the syndicate partners and sharing competitions and home visits with them.
Preparation for Key competitions
In the lead up to Championships and key competitions Will takes account of both the competition and conditioning side of preparation and is keen not to run the horses more than necessary. As Ballycoog Breaker Boy qualified at the first time of asking he can look forward to two to three weeks relaxing and recuperating from all that he has taken on board from competitions and training in the year thus far. He will be bought back up to the correct level of work to prepare him for competitions including Smiths Lawn and West Wilts before the Championships at the end of September. The Partner’s programme will be different as he has a three day event mid-August. He will have one more competition, some fitness work on the gallops and particular attention will be given to detail in the dressage work. He will then have a short break and one run before the 7 year old Championships at the end of September.
Another crucial element of achieving optimal physical health for the horses is through their feeding routine. TopSpec is the feed of choice for all of Will’s horses and has been for 10 years; a combination of Top Chop Alfa Alfa, Cool Condition Cubes and a Feed Balancer prepares the horses well all year-round which means there is no need for sudden changes in the lead up to important competitions. So, if you were wondering what helps Will’s horses look in such tip top condition it is their #TopSpecShine.
July will be fairly quiet as competitions go, with the focus on The Partner qualifying for the 7-year-old Championships at Osberton in his first intermediate at Upton. There is still much to look forward to as the season progresses with Hartpury 3 day, West Wilts, Gatcombe and Osberton still to come.
Don’t miss out on the next #RidewithRawlin where you can experience one of Will’s rides with a 360 degree view! You can also follow Will’s journey via his website www.willrawlin.com, @willrawlin on Instagram, @WBREventing on twitter and @willrawlingeventing on Facebook. We look forward to hearing more from Will throughout the season as he chases his goals, and hear about all thrills and spills he endures as a professional event rider.