When Nikki Collins isn’t busy working as Trade Sales Manager for Spillers she’s diligently keeping her homebred mare Tilly fit for eventing. This year her dedication has paid off as she has qualified for the prestigious Mitsubishi Motors Cup (formerly Badminton Grassroots Championships). She attributes her passion and determination to her inspiring, horse loving Mum, who sadly lost her battle against bowel cancer in 2014.
Nikki has worked for Spillers for the past 11 years, originally as a Regional Sales Manager and more recently as the Trade Sales Manager for the company’s renowned range of horse feeds. She has ridden and owned horses all her life and her ambition for the past few years has been to qualify for the Mitsubishi Motors Cup, which brings together winners from BE90 and BE100 regional qualifiers from around the country to contest the overall Championship.
Nikki and Jumbo’s Rose, known as Tilly, a seven-year-old, homebred mare by Jumbo, achieved their regional final qualification in their first season of eventing in 2014. They finished on their dressage score of 26.5 and followed this with fourth place in a challenging regional final at Solihull in August 2015, again finishing on their dressage score (31.5).
With a full time job and four-year-old twin boys Nikki has had to fit Tilly in around all her other commitments and she relies heavily on generous support from family and friends. The pair moved up to BE100 at the end of last season and Nikki hopes to get a couple of BE100 runs in before Badminton at the beginning of May.
The Mitsubishi Motors Cup takes place on 3rd and 4th May 2016.