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Willa Newton wins 2016 CIC3*
Willa Newton, 26, a member of the Leicestershire hunting dynasty, scored one of the biggest wins of her career when capturing the prestigious CIC3* for eight- and nine-year-old horses at Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials.
Willa looks to have an exciting prospect in her father Joey and Lady Sarah McCorquodale’s eight-year-old Caja 20, a Hanoverian-bred mare discovered by German Olympian Dirk Schrade. The pair rose from sixth place after dressage to third with a clear show jumping round and then posted one of the fastest cross-country rounds of the competition.
Overnight leader Tom McEwen (Toledo De Kerser) had an unfortunate run-out at the first corner fence after the water crossing and Jonelle Price, second, incurred 14 time penalties on Ascona M and dropped to 10th.
It was a British one-two as Laura Collett finished second on her 2015 Le Lion d’Angers winner Mr Bass, one of only three to complete David Evans’s excellent track without time penalties. The others were Andrew Nicholson, third on Swallow Springs, and Oliver Townend, fifth on Cooley SRS.
“I didn’t know about Tom’s run-out when I set out but Chris Bartle [trainer] came and told me that someone had done the time so I should go for it,” explained Willa. “She felt so confident that I kicked on and she just got better and better.”