At one time my wife rode eventers for the Princess, and one of them was My French Willow
, who is the dam of Willowpattern.
Zara moved up from novice class to intermediate level at eventing in September when she competed on her mother's horse French Willow
at the Gatcombe Park horse trials.
Out of Sit Elnaas, a full-sister to Murphy's stable star French Holly, the youngster is a half-brother the West Witton-based handler's French Willow
, who finished runner-up in a Hexham bumper last month.