Horse & Hound



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.

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