With his team proving so successful here in Australia, it’s now time for Jayden to test them against the best in the world. It has recently been confirmed that the 33-year-old will be heading overseas with a team of horses in the coming months to train: “We’re planning for it to be about two years. Basically, we thought if we’re going to do it, we should do it properly.”
Terry Snow’s name is synonymous with Willinga Park. His contribution over the past few years to the Olympic sport has been without doubt passionate and outstanding. Terry has produced a facility that is unselfish in allowing international quality to be accessible to all Australian riders at all levels, and his ambition to see Australia on the podium an Olympic Games, especially in dressage, has been relentless. His endearing attitude towards seeing success in Australian riders often sees him take a back seat; he has a humble yet seriously positive attitude, often deflecting any praise for himself onto those who he employs. Words cannot explain what his input has meant and created in the development of the sport. From not only facilities, but heartfelt help towards safety issues such as in eventing, to buying international horses and promoting, inspiring and encouraging riders to seek the best.
The flow on affect of his input into the sport is obvious. It is no wonder that Willinga Park is becoming a facility and name known worldwide. Jayden Brown now has the opportunity through Terry and wife Ginette – who is an enthusiast and inspiration herself – to take this team of horses to train amongst the best. Terry and Team Willinga do not do things by halves; they never have and they never will.
Joining Jayden overseas will be Sky Diamond, Quincy, Fangio, Tito and Miana, as well as Small Tour horse Spot On, which he says should be enough to keep him busy! The plan is to prepare the horses for Grand Prix with the best training possible. “Quincy will be the main horse, and our hope is he’ll be ready for the Paris Olympics. We thought we’ll go over and base for the two years and see what happens,” says Jayden, explaining that the plan is to also hopefully qualify Fangio, Tito and Miana for the World Young Horse Championships this year. “In previous years, the age group winners at DJWTS [such as Fangio and Miana] have essentially been automatically offered a spot as an Australian-based horse and I’m hoping that stands again for this year. We just have to wait until it’s confirmed, but definitely the goal is to take them. And if Tito has a bit more experience and calms down, then I’ll probably put in a nomination for him to be considered for selection as well.”
Jayden is no stranger to Europe, having spent almost two years at Mount St John in the UK after travelling there in January 2017. “There were a few different trainers that came through, but I started off training with Emilie Faurie; he’s now been quite helpful in giving some advice on finding stables this time around. I also took a horse to Germany for the Young Rider World Cup in 2009; I stayed and worked there and sold that horse and brought another one back, and then in 2013 I took a horse over for the World Young Horse Championships. So I’ve had a few little few little trips, but this one will be definitely the biggest and the most horses I’ve taken over.”