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Millfield Horse Trials in Somerset continued to grow in popularity in its third year of running, holding a total of fifteen sections across the weekend. Cheryl Beer demonstrated that eventing success lays with more than just one member of the Beer family after winning BE100 section L with seasoned campaigner Madam Butterfly VI. Their 24.8 gave them enough room to just tip a pole in the show jumping phase, but still stay at the top of the leader board.
Cheryl told Eventing Worldwide: “She is owned by my good friend Carolyn Hepworth, and I have been blessed to have the opportunity to ride her. She is a very consistent mare and at the age of 16 she is still going strong.
“I was over the moon with my win since I had to withdraw from Bovington and Bicton due to me having a shoulder injury. I love Millfield, it is a really well run and friendly event – my only complaint is they don’t hold two a year!”
Cheryl’s son Cameron, who is well known on the South West eventing circuit, took to social media to comment: “I’m sure this is normally the other way around, but proud son moment today: Mum won the BE100 at Millfield. Very proud!”
Cherly also finished second in BE90 section N with A Dazzling Turn, finishing just behind section winner Helen Z Pavey and Knockenpower Rory.
Dannie Morgan and Vanessa Vernon’s Aurora Equites picked up a win in their first event of the season, after jumping a double clear in BE100open section K to finish on their 27 dressage. Dannie, who has enjoyed recent success at pure dressage including taking two National titles at the Winter Championships, is aiming the 7-year-old mare at 1* for this season.
“I was really pleased with Roo’s (Aurora Equites) performance at Millfield. It was her first event since Bricky in September and she’s started well with this win, which was how she started her season last year so hopefully it bodes well for the rest of the season,” Dannie commented.
Three Airowear sponsored BE80(T) sections ran on the Saturday, seeing Millie Toulson-Clarke (Penddolfawr Thomas), Becca May (Sweet Riot) and Denise West (Emo) winning a section each. Kate McCormack and World Horse Welfare Harry Potter led the way in BE90 section M, finishing ahead of Jodie Coombes and Sea Girl, whilst Lewis Drew and Menai Cosmic Duke won BE90 section O on 30.5.
Tim Cheffings rode Finleys Black Diamond to victory in BE100 section H with their 24.5 dressage mark, whilst just a few cross country time separated winner Shelia Williams (Alvescot Peppi) and second placed Olivia Mitchell (Woodland Lad) in BE100 section I.
The remaining sections across the weekend were won by Sarah Howie riding Just In Thyme X (BE90 section A), Diana Pinney with Wexford Pimpernel (BE90 section B), Poppy Burner with Bertie Bluck (BE90 section C) and Rebecca Brunt with Diamond Cut II (BE90open section D).
Photographs courtesy of Tanzy Lee