Wednesday 31st of May 2023

Willa wins big at Blenheim

We are over the moon for our lovely blogger Willa Newton who today won the prestigious CIC3* for eight- and nine-year-old horses at Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials today riding Caja 20 and also finished 8th in the CCI*** riding Chance Remark. Well done Willa!


Willa looks to have an exciting prospect in her father Joey and Lady Sarah McCorquodale’s eight-year-old Caja 20, a Hanoverian-bred mare discovered by German Olympian Dirk Schrade. The pair rose from sixth place after dressage to third with a clear show jumping round and then posted one of the fastest cross-country rounds of the competition.

Overnight leader Tom McEwen (Toledo De Kerser) had an unfortunate run-out at the first corner fence after the water crossing and Jonelle Price, second, incurred 14 time penalties on Ascona M and dropped to 10th.

It was a British one-two as Laura Collett finished second on her 2015 Le Lion d’Angers winner Mr Bass, one of only three to complete David Evans’s excellent track without time penalties. The others were Andrew Nicholson, third on Swallow Springs, and Oliver Townend, fifth on Cooley SRS.

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