Vet­eran comes up trumps

Horse & Hound - - Eventing -

Aswan­ley, Aberdeen­shire

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

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