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