Winter Grand Prix success for Harpenden’s Philip Miller

Philip Miller and Darona in the Winter Grand at Bury Farm Equestrian Centre. Picture: SBM PHOTOGRAPH

Philip Miller and Darona in the Winter Grand at Bury Farm Equestrian Centre. Picture: SBM PHOTOGRAPHIC - Credit: Archant

Harpenden’s Philip Miller delivered the goods in style at the Winter Grand Prix held at Bury Farm Equestrian Centre.

The Hertfordshire man piloted Diana Cornish's 12-year-old grey gelding Darona into the top spot at the Slapton-based competition in Buckinghamshire.

The grand prix was part of the four-day Winter Classic Show.

The 1.40m 13-fence track set by course designer David Cole proved to be a tough challenge for the initial starting field with just two combinations negotiating their way around the course and keeping all fences intact.

The first of the two jump-off contestants was Rebecca Ravilious on Marina Z who were looking good until the final set of planks, finishing in 58.11 seconds.


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Miller followed with Darona and clipped the first part of the double but the experienced rider kept his lines tight to finish in 53.98 seconds and clinch the win.

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