Horse & Hound
HUNTER BECOMES TEENAGER’S WINNER
KEEVA JOHNSON took the under-18 open novice honours at Bishop Burton (2) before the event was forced to abandon.
Keeva rode her own Cornasaus Lad (Bennie) to a first win at the level.
“Bennie was my uncle’s hunter and he asked me to ride him last year,” explained 15-year-old Keeva, who juggles riding with studying for GCSEs.
“He is the most laid-back and easy-going horse I have ever had. He won’t come in from the field for anybody but me – he runs to the far end of the field for my dad, who now owns him – but between phases at events, he stands on the lorry having a snooze and wobbling his bottom lip.”
The 12-year-old gelding upgraded to intermediate with this win and Keeva hopes to represent the northern team at next year’s under-18 championships.