Stats: age 26, Gordonsville, Va.
Twizzel: b. g., 16.2 hands, 14 years, Westphalian (Argentinus—Lady Bedford), owned by James Wildasin, Greenwich, Conn.
In 2008, they placed third at the Dansko Fair Hill CCI*** (Md.) and won the Plantation Field CIC*** (Pa.). Last year, they were fifth at the Luhmuhlen CCI**** (Germany) and placed seventh in the Jersey Fresh CIC*** (N.J.). This spring, they placed ninth in an intermediate run at Pine Top (Ga.).
Jimmy’s Prediction: Will is one of our best up-and-coming riders. He will be seething from his last event, where he suffered a “porch lights are on, but nobody’s home” moment. Hopefully he’ll be able to shake off the effects of an unfortunate final prep competition. I really like Will’s riding, but if ever he’s going to seize the moment, then his moment has arrived. For Will, the future is now.