Her horse is registered as Charoar but let’s call him Chucky. Bev does and he comes when he’s called, “especially when it’s tucker time”.
“I’ve been with horses all my life – showing, pony clubs and one day events,” says Bev. “I’ve done dressage and hacking on him for four years and he’s always done really well. He’s just an absolute gentleman and very clever so he’s easy to train. He always has his ears pricked. I call him a gentle giant – he’s 16.2 hands.”
Like all other residents of Kerang, Chucky and Bev were caught up in last year’s severe flooding. “I couldn’t get to him for three weeks,” says Bev, “and he got hurt in a paddock with other horses.”
A year later Bev is proud to report that the pair’s recent success includes one first and five seconds at Cohuna, three firsts and five seconds at Tatura and two firsts and three seconds at Tallangatta. Great work for a relative newcomer to the show world who, Bev enthuses, has a long career ahead of him.
This is Chucky’s second career. He started racing as a two year old and won several country races with a second at Moonee Valley. When he fell lame he was given to Bev to nurse back to health before finally retiring into a life of showing in 2008.
“I need an escape from work and I just love it,” says Bev. “I probably spend about 15 hours every week working with him. We’ll keep on working through the winter but spring is the big show season. We’re working towards that.”