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Meet Gill Peckham

Gill Peckham receiving her prizes
Gill Peckham and Heron

We caught up with Gill Peckham winner of the KBIS BD Winter Prelim Championships to find out more about her horse Hero and her journey to the Champs!

Congratulations Gill on your win, please can you tell us a bit about your lovely horse Hero.

I have owned him for just over a year now and he has been amazing, I’ve never had a horse like him before. He has bags of talent and athleticism along with huge amounts of confidence, he never says no and is so forward thinking. He has all the talent in the world and is the liveliest horse around, he will stand at the gate bucking if he doesn’t come in from his field on time.

He sounds like quite a character, how did you come about owning him?

I was looking for a dressage horse ideally working at medium level but they were all too expensive. Katherine Lewis my trainer has experience retraining driving horses and suggested doing this. So I got in touch with Peter Bennett (based in Chester) who was the brother of a friend in our village, Peter is known in the driving world and I described what I was looking for and he said he had one in mind who was 15.3hh and half hackney (although he is now more like 16.2hh).

I then got sent lots of videos of him being backed/broken to ride and completely fell in love with him and bought him 4 weeks later. Once I had him he spent 3 months with Katherine before I brought him home in May, I got him out competing and he won an unaffiliated prelim championship and then I registered him with BD.

What a whirlwind journey, other than winning the Prelim Championships what else have you done with him?

He has been amazing and won about 12 classes with BD along with winning his Regional Final to get here.

What a star, what are your plans for the future?

We now intend to start at Novice and keep moving up the levels, hopefully, he should go all the way!

Good luck, we look forward to following your journey. 

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