In 1999 a frightened fragile looking horse arrived at the Stiperstones. Bevier was sired by the Derby winner Nashwan and had been trained with little success by Toby Balding. Had John not offered some free rough grazing Bev’s future looked bleak. Bevier had a tough time to begin with, his stable companion Sooty, also an ex-thoroughbred, quickly put him in his place with kicks and nips.
John would take both horses running over the hills, an exercise which found him a minor celebrity in the press and on television. Bevier grew in strength and character and local trainer Trevor Wall got him back on racecourse. Bevier’s time came on the 17th Feb 2003 when at the long price of 33/1 he beat Princess Grace by three quarters of a length at Wolverhampton.
Bev is pictured here ridden by John in a charity event at Ludlow.