Rising star: Will Furlong

Will Furlong and Pioneer Silvie

A rising star amongst the eventing young rider ranks, Will Furlong is aiming for selection for the British Young Rider team following his success at the Junior European Championships last year.

The Amlin Plus sponsored rider took home the bronze medal at the junior championships, and had a very successful season, in which he won the Jardy CIC* and had several top three finishes.

This season, the 18-year-old is competing on the British Eventing circuit with his Junior horse Pioneer Silvie, together with Livingstone II and the most recent addition to his team Deli Star Hero.

“I have three top horses to compete. Deli Star Hero is an exciting prospect, he is a former William Fox-Pitt horse and I am grateful to have the opportunity to compete him,” Will said.

Already off to a great start this season, Will has finished on the podium at all three of his British Eventing competitions to date. At Aldon in March, Will took out the quinella finishing first on Livingstone II and second on Pioneer Silvie, and also added a fourth on his new ride Deli Star Hero in the Open Intermediate under 21 section. Most recently, Will finished second with Pioneer Silvie at Belton Park.

Will, who plans to develop his new eventing business based in East Sussex, aims to be selected for the Young Rider European Championships in Portugal later this year, building on his success and experience of 2013.

“There is a transition phase from junior to young rider level, however I have competed at young rider level before and selection in the team is one of my aims this year. I am also focused on competing in the under-21 National Championships and at 3 star events,” he said.

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