BSPS Area 14

British Show Pony Society


Sad death of Chris Willett
1st October 2017

Chris Willett's sudden death of a heart attack is a shock for the equestrian world. Based in the south east he was successful point-to-pointing, before turning his attention to showing.


He produced many champion lead reins, show ponies and show hunter ponies. His horsemanship and charm attracted many customers who enjoyed his enthusiasm and drive to win. However he was always ready to give kind word to an upset child or share a joke with those having a bad day.

Those in the Willett team had a lot of fun and there was never a dull moment! He had an great eye for a pony and could really pick out a winner and was brilliant in a crisis, jumping in to catch many a bolting or rearing pony.


Last year he was a great asset to area 14 by commentating at our summer show and providing and presenting trophies for the champion show and show hunter pony. He also owned a dressage horse that just two weeks ago was second at the National Dressage Championships with Melissa Richardson.


He leaves behind many well-wishers and many stories. Our condolences to his daughter Chloe.