Schoolgirl Laura goes in at double

Fifteen-year-old Laura Milner, from Huggate in East Yorkshire, was on winning form at the recent Under-21 Winter Dressage Championships, which were held at Addington Manor in Buckinghamshire.

Riding her 14-year-old black gelding, Lyndon Hall (Tommy), Laura finished the weekend as Junior FEI and Open Advanced champion.

Her successful efforts will be rewarded by a training session with the triple Olympic rider Richard Davison.

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Laura, whose father is the former double British Rally champion Jonny Milner, is trained by Verity Franks and Ian Woodhead.

CLOVER, a black shire mare owned by Deb Eastwood from Nostell, Wakefield, was placed third in a class of 10 in the ridden pure-bred shire section

at the National Shire Horse Show.

"To say it was her first outing since her win at the Royal last year, we were very pleased with how she settled back into the showing routine," said Deb.

"All in all we had an excellent weekend with her."

The mare also competed in the pure and part-bred dressage class and came fourth.

Clover is ridden by Gail Carmichael and was bred by Deb. They began competing last year.

They now plan to do some local dressage competitions and are then aiming for the ridden heavy horse/shire classes at Derby County Show, the East of England and Weeton.