It will be a first Badminton for British rider Willa Newton (27) who is based near Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire.
Willa comes from an equestrian family; her sister Chloe has previously competed at Badminton and Burghley, her father was a successful jockey and her mother rode point-to-pointing and competed in eventing.
Willa contested her first four star with Neelix with who she previously enjoyed success at four consecutive Junior and Young Rider European championships winning young rider European team gold and individual silver in 2011. With Newmarket Vasco One, formerly ridden by her sister, she was 13th at the 2015 Luhmuhlen four-star
Last year with Caja 20 Willa won the 8/9 year-old CIC3* at Blenheim and two weeks later with Lauries Laudatio the seven-year-old Young Horse championship two-star at Osberton – in 2015 she also won this class with Caja.
Willa has a degree in business management from Leeds University.
Willa trains with Nick Burton, Tim Brown, Christopher Bartle and Bettina Hoy.
Chance Remark owned by Feena Machin, is a 15-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding. Bred by Kevin Fawl he is by the thoroughbred Actinium out of a mare by Farney Clover. He was bought out of Ireland as a four-year-old and Willa acquired the ride in 2013 when one of his owners moved to the next door village and was looking for someone to campaign the horse. He was formerly ridden his owner and Rebecca Crosbie Starling with who he completed Bramham CCIU253*
17.0hh , bay , gelding
Dam Cuildooish Lady (Farney Clover)
Breeder Kevin Fawl
Feena Machin, Waltham-on-the-Wolds, Leics.
Peter Thomas, Sleaford, Lincs.