Claire MillerWe are delighted to announce that amateur show rider and producer, Claire Miller has won our Rising Star competition for the March – June quarter.

Horse/Pony details:

Made By Design – 16.1hh Skewbald Dutch Warmblood Gelding, Qualified Horse of The Year CHAPS Non Native Horse final 2014 & 2016 placed 11th and 10th. Qualified Royal International Horse Show for the past four years, has numerous CHAPS & BSPA championships to his name, Ridden Champion Cheshire County, BSPA Reserve Supreme to name a few…
Designer Maid – 14.3hh Skewbald Dutch Warmblood x Irish Draught Mare. Sucessfully competed in novice classes and ready to start open classes.
Designer Maid II – 14hh Piebald Traditional Cob Mare, rising four, recently broken, just starting her ridden and in hand showing career
Floberon – 16hh Skewbald Dutch Warmblood xTB Mare, retired show horse and brood mare

What discipline/s do you compete in?

My aim over the next twelve months is to Qualify Made By Design for Horse of the Year again in the CHAPS Non Native horse Class as well as attending some big county shows. He came third last week in a 16 strong early HOYS qualifier at Royal Bath & West Show, we are also entered in Derbyshire Festival, Lincolnshire County Show, Royal Highland Show, Aintree National Show and the Royal Welsh plus many more. Later in the season we are hoping to take up side saddle, we have already had a few lessons which he took to straight away.
Designer Maid is in foal and due July and so we would like to take them to some mare and foal classes towards the end of the season and then pick up her ridden career again to contend in the HOYS and open classes.
Designer Maid II will be concentrating mainly on novice classes this year and is entered for some county shows and CHAPS/BSPA regional shows.

Clare Miller 2Your Story

Firstly please let me introduce myself. My name is Claire Miller, I am 36 years old, I work full time as an accountant and I live in Great Harwood in Lancashire. I have been brought up with horses and have been riding since the age of two. My father and grandfather were very successful at carriage driving with Welsh Cobs hence why I have been involved with them since a young age! It’s in my genes! I am a dedicated amateur and at present I have four horses all of which are coloured, and are all home produced by myself around married life and my job! I love nothing more than setting off showing and I’m fortunate that my mum is always on hand to come with me and groom. We have had some wonderful times!
I have always had my own ponies but back in 1995 I had outgrown my 14.2hh skewbald mare and my Grandad saw a skewbald bay and white 16hh mare for sale in the Farmers Guardian Newspaper. After a phone call, the next day we set off early up to a small village called Newbiggin in Cumbria. As soon as we pulled in the yard, a coloured mare with the most beautiful head appeared over the top of the stable door. If everything else about her was to be as nice we were sure she was the one for us! She was only three at the time and so unbroken the gentleman ran her up in hand, such a straight and flashy mover! The decision was made we were having her! A week later we went to collect her, broke her in to ride and have had many years of enjoyment from her.
Her name is Floberon, her stable name is Flo. Her Sire is the coloured stallion Oberon owned by the Queen and she is out of a Point to Point Thoroughbred mare Hannah Swaine VI. She has lovely conformation and a lot of presence. I have had many years of enjoyment with her at pony club and I showed her successfully in the Coloured Horse Classes at County level. On the 2 April this year she was 25 years old and I’m pleased to say she’s still going strong, I no longer ride her but she has a home for life with me and enjoys time out in the paddock taking life easy and keeping an eye on the others!
In 2005 I bred my first foal from Flo. We have had many foals in the past but being older myself it was my mare Floberon, I chose the stallion and did everything myself. Being a huge coloured horse fan I desperately wanted a coloured foal. I looked at numerous stallions and in the end chose a homozygous stallion which meant he was 100% proven to throw a coloured foal to my mare. He was called Goshka Ringo VI, a Piebald Dutch Warmblood based in Staffordshire. I didn’t just chose the stallion on him being homozygous alone he had to have correct conformation , have a willing attitude, good looking , super paces and that bit of sparkle and he had it all!
On the 9th May 2005 Floberon delivered a bay and white skewbald colt, he was just perfect! I named him Made By Design, his stable name is Rico. Made By Design has had the most fantastic career both ridden and in hand in the coloured horse classes and he is in his prime! He is a complete showman, full of presence, a wonderful character who loves nothing more than entering the ring! He is a forward thinking horse to ride with a will to work and desire to please.
We qualified and went to the Horse of the Year Show in 2014 and 2016 where he was placed 10th, we have qualified and attended the Royal International Horse Show each year and he has numerous wins and championships to his name at county level on the showing circuit, Cheshire County, CHAPS UK, BSPA.
Our aim this year is to qualify for Horse Of The Year again as well as some big county shows and will be attending qualifiers all over the country. He came third in a strong qualifier of 16 at Bath & West last week and over the next coming weeks we will be going to Derbyshire Festival, Lincolnshire County, Aintree, Royal Highland and the Royal Welsh to name but a few. Later in the season we are looking to take up side saddle.
As Floberon was still in good health and she had given me such a wonderful gift with Made by Design I decided to put her in foal again, this time to a skewbald Irish Draught x Dutch Warmblood stallion called Squires Eclipse. Again a lot of thought went into to which stallion to use and on the 16th July 2010 Floberon delivered a skewbald bay and white filly, once again I was absolutely over the moon! I called her Designer Maid and her stable name is Roxy. Roxy has competed very successfully in the non-native coloured pony classes both ridden and in hand, I showed her lightly as a novice last year , she is due to have a foal by Amour G in July and I have high hopes for her next year as she starts her open classes and our aim would be to qualify for HOYS
Finally I have my traditional piebald filly Designer Maid II, her stable name is Rosie, I bought her as a yearling and she is now rising four. She was backed last winter and now starting her in hand and ridden showing career and will be attending some county shows as well.