Newport based Camilla Hardie was the recent winner of a Mitsubishi Motors Cup BE100 Regional Final at the stunning location of Broadway Horse Trials in the rolling hills of the Cotswolds (Worcestershire, 18 October).
The win means that Camilla has secured herself a place in the 2016 Mitsubishi Motors Cup, a competition created for the amateur eventer which culminates on the eve of the world famous Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials next May.
Camilla who is a property manager by day will be contesting the competition with her ride, Beau Jangles VI who is a nine year old Dutch-bred bay gelding.
Speaking of the road to securing a place at the Mitsubishi Motors Cup, 36 year old Camilla said: “We had qualified for six Mitsubishi Motors Regional Finals this season, but we hadn’t succeeded in qualifying for the Cup in the first five at all. So, by the time we got to Broadway I had given up hope and just thought I would go to the event and enjoy myself regardless. However, taking the pressure off seemed to really work – not only did we qualify but we won the class too!
“We had travelled the length and breadth of the country to qualify; when you get to the Regional Qualifiers and see the amount of people competing, you get a real sense of the Mitsubishi Cup being the ultimate aim for so many riders.
“I have to say both the horse and my Mum have sighed a breath of relief now we have finally qualified! My Mum [Diane Bennett] is my long suffering trucker’s mate, always there as a shoulder to cry on or someone to pat my back when things go well, she has been a great support. Beau and I will be heading out to some low key competitions and working on our dressage over the winter months to make sure we are as competitive as possible ready for the competition in May.”
“My horse will love the big atmosphere of the competition at Badminton; he is a true Warmblood in that he likes to show off and loves an audience. You know he is enjoying himself as he will quite literally squeak with joy over every fence he jumps!”
Commenting on potentially winning the use of a Mitsubishi Shogun next year Camilla said: “That is a fantastic prize and has to be one of the most generous in the sport at this level.”
Camilla will be joining around 100 other riders in the BE100 Mitsubishi Motors Cup at Badminton, all of whom who have also gone through the highly competitive qualifying process to compete on the same revered turf as the sport’s idols at the top level of the sport.