Will Furlong is a professional Event Rider and has been part of the Nations Cup Great Britain Team; he is also a long-standing Suzuki ATV ambassador and has emphatically stated he “couldn’t do without” his Suzuki KingQuad 500.
The KingQuad 500 is an extremely versatile ATV. With a 493cc fuel injected engine, this great power and torque allows for heavy loads and demanding terrain, whilst the fuel injection increases the power in a controlled manner. It also has a push button for either 2 or 4-wheel drive allowing for the rider to tread carefully or storm over obstacles. Combined with a fully independent suspension, it ensures the most comfortable ride all day long even over tough terrain. The KingQuad 500 has a true off-road capability with the ideal balance of features and of course, Suzuki’s renowned reliability.
Will trains and breeds horses on a 60-acre family farm in East Sussex near Battle. In total there are 22 horses on the farm, seven of which are used for breeding purposes and ten are used for competing professionally.
Will’s passion for horses began at the young age of 12 with The East Sussex Pony Club, which quickly progressed to him competing in his first affiliated competition in June 2008 at the age of 13, just one year later.
He was part of the U18 European GB team, securing individual bronze and the U21 European GB team where he won double gold. In 2017 he was the National U25 champion and a part of the Nations Cup GB for Seniors. Will also hopes to compete in the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris on behalf of Great Britain.
Throughout his professional career, Will has made leaps and bounds to reach the top - pun intended!
Will is a consistently high-achieving competitor, and he needs an ATV to match.
On the farm during winter, temperatures can drop to -5 degrees or more and the terrain can become extremely muddy. The Suzuki’s fully automatic QuadMatic CVT gearbox delivers a smooth power transfer to the wheels which in turn gives superior traction and helps Will easily reach the mares that are used for breeding, which are kept in the outer fields and need to be checked on twice daily to make sure they have food and fresh water.
In addition, the arena needs to be levelled with the edges raked and harrowed to maintain its perfect condition as well as delivering a steady supply of hay to the horses. The reliability, durability and efficiency of Will’s KingQuad 500 is an essential factor to completing these tasks. Will commented saying, “I’ve never had a problem with my Suzuki KingQuad, and even though I have had it for a lengthy period of time it is still in top condition and never fails me”.
As well as having a reliable steed in his Suzuki KingQuad, Will’s main competition horse is a beautiful grey mare, Collien P 2, affectionately known as Tinks. The pair also make a great team, as will be seen when they return to Badminton this May to tackle one of the world’s toughest cross-country tracks.