Jayden says that of all the places he has worked there is none that can compare to Willinga Park and Terry makes sure that the horses have everything they need. With the wonderfully surfaced indoor and outdoor surfaces, the big airy stables with all the mod cons, a horse walker and treadmill as well as a water walking pool, it truly is an international-standard venue. There are wonderful riding trails, fabulous safe and roomy day paddocks for all the horses and a full-time vet who is not only working in the breeding side but also always around if any horse gets any injury. He has two fantastic grooms in Maddie and Lillie, although Jayden is always willing to pick up a box or plait a competition horse whenever needed, and the team at Willinga Park all work together no matter what area they are in. From the tradesmen to the gardeners and the office staff!
Terry Snow is always in the pursuit of excellence and is always passionate and enthusiastic to offer all the support needed yet allows everyone to do their job with diligence and respect, and with the view to excellence always in the forefront. Jayden is constantly in contact with Terry as to how each and every horse is going but is given the freedom to train and school the horses the way he feels he needs to.
Terry says he is immensely pleased with how Jayden is progressing with the Willinga Park team. “The quality of the horse is normally accentuated by the rider, so it’s a tribute to Jayden and all the riders, and the horses,” says Terry. “Of course, if you’ve got a really clever horse, that helps, but the riders are the people that make a difference and get the big scores. We’ve seen big scores here and that’s a tribute to the riders. You could put me on a brilliant horse, and it would look pretty average!”
The proof is indeed in the competition arena, and if there is one thing that the two Dressage By the Sea competitions have proven, it is that Jayden’s training is producing wonderfully competent dressage horses that are not only distinctive to watch but exude confidence. They are always getting stronger and better, mentally as well as physically, at each start and that look towards excellence is obvious.
Jayden is an extraordinary person on and off the horse. His single-mindedness towards his horses and the ladder they climb to get to the top is second to none. He never over-faces his horses, either in training or in competition, and waits for the brilliance to come to the horses, not the other way around. The comment that sums up Jayden’s training, empathy and edge towards a great competition horse is: “We go as fast as we can to reach the next level, but we always take as much time as each horse needs”.
Of course, Dressage by the Sea is only possible due to the incredible work done by Terry and Ginette Snow, and all the wonderful staff at Willinga Park. Terry says, “What a fantastic event it has been and what high-quality dressage we’ve all seen. The judging was brilliant and there was very little separation between the judges, which shows you that they were on the ball and well attuned to what was happening. It’s not only dressage, of course, it’s a day out on the (NSW) South Coast in our beautiful gardens and we’re very pleased that many people came here to enjoy the equestrian event but also enjoyed the day out at Willinga.”
With such an exciting start to Jayden Brown’s time at Willinga, the future of Willinga Park’s dressage team looks very bright in his young and capable hands.