Mille Lawson made the most of her long journey from Aberdeen to London by claiming a speedy win in the Equine Rescue Services Mini Stakes aboard Priestwood Hardy.
Chasing a tough target in the six-combination jump-off set by Tabitha Kyle (Living the Dream), Millie, 12, utilised her pony’s natural enthusiasm and strength to pinch 0.05 seconds from the time.
“He was very hyper,” joked Millie. “I managed to get tight to the [second last] upright and just gallop at the last.”
This was Millie’s penultimate ride on the 16-year-old pony, who will go to a new rider at the end of the year. Remarkably, he had been stood in a field for several years, before doing some working hunter classes. He was bought by a friend of Millie’s father, former eventer David Lawson, and it was suggested that Mille ride him.
“Once she jumped him, we realised he was something special,” said David.
The win has certainly inspired Millie to reach for the stars: “I’d like to jump the World Cup qualifier here one day,” she said.