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Wills Oakden


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Wills Oakden is an Eventing Rider on the #horsescotland Performance Programme.


DoB:  04/03/1990 

Occupation: Full Time Eventer


Discipline: Eventing 

How did you become involved within equestrianism and how has your career developed? 


Family owned a riding school in the Lakes so I have been brought up around horses. From a young age my dream was to compete at Badminton and Burghley. As a teenager I went off to learn my trade at Ian Stark's yard where I quickly learnt the hard work and dedication that was involved in becoming a top rider.  


Who is your sporting hero? Why?

Ian Stark and Andrew Nicholson have always been ones I look up to, their riding styles and horsemanship has always impressed me. 


Equestrian Ambition: 

To reach the top of the sport and earn a place on the GB Team.


Where are you based?


Random/ Interesting fact about yourself: 

I like to do the washing, my wife Stephanie is not allowed near the washing machine, I do it all. 

Will's Horses.

Passport Name: Oughterard Cooley 

Stable Name: Rich 

Owner: Debbie Whalley and Liz Magennis 

Year of birth:  2010

Sex: Gelding 

Height: 16.2hh 

Colour: Bay 

Sire: Puissance 

Dam: Oughterard Sky Cruise

Grade: Advanced/4* qualified 5*

Result/Accolade Highlights:  
3rd Advanced Aston Le Walls Advanced 2021
6th Advanced Weston Park 2021
Consistent top 20 at 4* level with a 4th place at Blair Castle CCI 4*S 2019
3rd Aston Le Walls Advanced 2021

4th OI  Burnham Market September 2021

Outstanding Features/temperament:

Rich is our head girl Sarah’s favourite. He is one of the quirkiest horses for me to ride but the easiest on the ground.


Passport Name: MacGregors Cooley 

Stable Name: Greg 

Owner: Ella MacGregor 

Year of birth: 2012

Sex: Gelding 

Height: 16.1hh 

Colour: Chestnut 

Sire: Balou Du Rouet 

Dam: AKD Possession

Grade: Advanced/4*

Result/Accolade Highlights:  
5th CCI3* L Houghton International 
2nd Weston Park Advance
7th CCI3*S Keysoe International
1st Intermediate Cholmondely Castle
1st Intermediate Aske
Was the 100 Scottish Championship Open winner in 2017 as a 5yrs old

2nd CCI4*S Barbury July 2021
2nd OI Hopetoun August 2021
5th CCI4*S Blair Castle Int. August 2021

Outstanding Features/temperament:

Greg is another firm favourite with the girls on the yard, easy to do in all ways. He is a competition horse who aims to please and enjoys his job.


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