Wills Oakden is an Eventing Rider on the #horsescotland Performance Programme.
Occupation: Full Time Eventer
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.
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.
Passport Name: Oughterard Cooley
Stable Name: Rich
Owner: Debbie Whalley and Liz Magennis
Year of birth: 2010
Dam: Oughterard Sky Cruise
Grade: Advanced/4* qualified 5*
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
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
Sire: Balou Du Rouet
Dam: AKD Possession
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
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.