Veteran comes up trumps
AT 24 years young, Sgt Pepper gave Emma Cheyne Allan her first taste of winning at Aswanley when he romped home in front in a BE80(T) section.
“I’ve owned ‘Pep’ for 18 years and we’ve been eventing together for 13 of them, so this win has been a long time coming,” said Emma, who works in the oil industry and squeezes in riding when time permits. “He still adores his job and never says no. I am careful with him, though, and he only jumps at competitions now —his hocks don’t bend like they used to.”
Pep’s continuing zest for life is a testament to Emma’s careful management regime.
“I only give him short sessions of work at home and he mainly hacks rather than spending too much time in the school,” she explained.
Also at Aswanley, Phoebe Carey-Miller fulfilled a lifelong ambition when she topped a BE90 section with her own Humble Pye.
“I’m a single mother and I run a small riding school to make ends meet, explained Phoebe, who only made the decision to enter Aswanley — her first event of the year — five weeks beforehand.
“I was busy running ‘pony week’ at the riding school when my friends convinced me to enter. I only wanted a nice day out, so to win was unbelievable. I’ve already spent my winnings entering Wee Burgie.”
Emma Cheyne Allan and Sgt Pepper, 24, land a BE80(T) section