Rebecca Hill and Cill Eoghain Lady, known at home as Clover, proved success isn’t reserved for those with experience as they won their debut BE in Section C of the BE90 at Eridge Park Horse Trials.
The pair are based in Cambridge, but made the commute to Eridge in a bid to get out as much as possible before the end of their half season membership. Rebecca prepared well for Eridge, doing lots of road work to ready Clover for the hard ground, as well as having a show jumping lesson with John Adams the week before.
Being new to BE, however, Rebecca did not hope for anything beyond a double clear, and didn’t even check the score board until after the cross country where her lead came as a ‘massive surprise’. Clover, who despite Rebecca saying has a ‘baby-like’ character for her age of ten, handled the course like she was a seasoned eventer and Rebecca ‘rode the whole thing on a loose rein’ with Clover ‘eating up every fence’. Rebecca will be joining BE as a full member next year, giving her dad, Gary, who acts as groom even more events to commute to from his home in the Cotswolds. Rebecca is unsure what the future holds for the pair, but ultimately aims to progress up the heights as far as they can.
Words by Amelia Holloway and picture by Fiona Rafferty