When Rowan Willis came to the United States in early 2018 he didn’t plan to stay much more than a year. He had work and horses waiting for him in England, where the 40-year-old Australian has been based since his 20s. But two years later, after finishing 12th at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games (North Carolina) on his mare Blue Movie, Willis is still living in the U.S., and he isn’t sure about his plans going forward—especially with complications from the COVID-19 crisis.
In the meantime, he’s focusing on what’s left of the summer show season. His most recent win came aboard the 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood Diablo VII in the $75,000 Tryon Resort Grand Prix at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, North Carolina, on June 21.
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Article written by: Kieran Paulsen