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Wills Oakden


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

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DOB: 1990 

Discipline: Eventing 

Occupation: Eventer

Based in: Perth 

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.


  • Ballindenisk CCI-L 4* - DHI By Design - 1st

  • Ballindenisk CCI- L 4* - A Class Cooley - 2nd

  • Badminton 5* - 2023 - Oughterard Cooley - 12th

  • Belsay International CCI- S 2* - Cooley Cando - 1st

  • Belsay International CCI-S 3* - Keep It Cooley - 3rd

  • Burgham International CCI- S 4* - Oughterard Cooley - 6th

  • Burghley 5* - 2022 - Oughterard Cooley - 13th

  • Blair Castle CCI-L 2* - Keep It Cooley - 1st

  • 2nd CCI-S 4* Barbury - 2021

  • 5th CCI-S 4* Blair Castle - 2021

  • 25th Badminton 5* - 2019

  • 16 National Classes wins in the first 8 months of 2023

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