Black Country Saddles Sponsor International Event Rider Ian Wills
International event rider Ian Wills has a new sponsor for 2016 thanks to Black Country Saddles.
Based in Brackley, Northants, Ian has three main rides for this season including Hartpury Sky is the Limit, Marli III and Fallulah.
Ian has his sights set on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with a four year goal to achieve his life-long dream.
Said Ian: “I am really excited about joining the Black Country Saddles team of sponsored riders and to be representing them in the world of eventing.
“I have three talented horses to ride this season and am so really looking forward to getting the competition season underway.
“With the success of 2015 putting me on the World Class Equine Pathway I now have Tokyo 2020 firmly in mind. Being part of Team GB is a dream I intend to make a reality.”
Ian’s preferred choice from the Black Country Saddles range are the Vinici Jump and Vinici Dressage saddles which he says fit to perfection and help provide excellent balance whether in the dressage arena or on the cross-country course.
In 2015 Ian and Hartpury Sky is the Limit won the 8/9-year-old Advanced class at Aston Le Walls and was the only horse to finish on his dressage score.
Other notable completions included sixth at Hartpury International CCl** and fourth at Blenheim International Horse Trials in the 8/9-year-old CIC*** where Ian was the highest placed British rider.
Owned by the ever-supportive Brodie family, in 2016 Hartpury Sky is the Limit is aimed at the Grantham Cup at Belton then Chatsworth CIC*** followed by Tattersalls in Ireland CCI*** targeting a Nations Cup team place for summer 2016. With these foundations laid Ian will then aim Hartpury Sky is the Limit at his first CCI**** and Badminton in 2017.
Adds Ian: “Eventing is the biggest test of a horse’s ability, agility and mind-set and more importantly, the biggest test of partnership and trust between horse and rider. Thanks to Black Country Saddles I have fantastic equipment which I can rely on at the highest and most demanding levels of the sport.”