Will Rawlin: local event rider heads to five-year-old championships with Elite Horse Owners support
Will Rawlin, a talented up and coming event rider, has signed up to Elite Horse Owners ahead of his debut at the KBIS British Eventing Young Horse Championships held at the Osberton International Horse Trials in Nottinghamshire this week (28 & 29 September.)
He runs a professional eventing yard between Hungerford and Lambourn - on the Berkshire-Wiltshire border.
23-year-old Will Rawlin and his exceptional five-year-old Ballycoog Breaker Boy (known as William) have had a very successful 2017 season to date. The exciting 17h gelding by Womanizer has been growing in confidence throughout the season and in June the combination qualified for the championships in the five-year-old class at Nunney International.
The stats show that Ballycoog Breaker Boy is one of the most consistent young horses who will be at the KBIS championships where tomorrow’s champions are unveiled. Ballycoog Breaker Boy has had seven runs this season, has never incurred a cross country fault, has recorded the lowest dressage score of a five-year-old going to these championships and has only had one pole down all season in the show-jumping.
The duo have been in the top three places in five of their seven competitions this season and in the top ten in all but one - this is a pair currently flying under the radar but this could change with a good result at Osberton.
The Young Horse Championships have gone from strength to strength and numerous notable 'Osberton graduates' have achieved success, including British squad representatives Billy The Biz and Ceylor LAN (Rio 2016), and Billy The Red, Bulana and Allstar B (gold medal winners, Strzegom 2017). Ireland's Rio contestants Cooley Rorkes Drift and Jemilla are also Osberton graduates.
Four-star Australian rider Chris Burton works with Will and William: “Will not only has a natural talent for our sport, but he also has the hard work ethic and dedication that it takes to make it in the sport of eventing.”
One of the great problems with eventing is that horses are expensive to buy and keep and take a long time to develop and progress to four-star events. Riders also need time for the office work and travel arrangements that the sport demands.
Elite Horse Owners was set up to revolutionise the way elite horses are owned and campaigned by establishing and managing various horse ownership syndicates whilst supporting riders to obtain sponsorship. They also provide back-office assistance to riders so they can concentrate on their sport.
Elite Horse Owners will now act for Will to secure sponsorship and find owners or people to buy a share in a Ballycoog Breaker Boy.
Karen Carson, Director of Elite Horse Owners thinks Will has the talent to go all the way: “Will is a charming young man, who is not afraid of hard work. He has all of the traits that we look for when starting a supported rider relationship: a strong work ethic, drive and determination, talent and willingness to work with brands that he will be an ambassador for. We are very excited about the 5 year old championship and where this partnership will go next season."
"Anyone who becomes part of Team Rawlin will enjoy a great eventing experience with a dedicated athlete where representing your country at the Olympics runs in the family with father Andy having represented Team GB in cross-country skiing”
Will Rawlin: “This is a really pivotal point in my career, I’m at the stage where to progress I needed to enlist the services of an organisation who could work with me and give me that helping hand into the commercial world of eventing. We all know equestrian sport is expensive and to continue to progress my team of exciting horses, I needed to build a team of professionals around me."
"Elite Horse Owners gives me the infrastructure to build syndicates so that I can continue to campaign the horses and build long term working relationships with sponsors and owners.”
Interested in investing in future British eventing talent? Check out the Elite Horse Owners' website.