Where it all began…
Aaron’s riding career began at the Pony Club, like so many riders competing on the world stage the Pony Club laid the foundations of what was to become a successful career. Success was in Aaron’s grasp from an early age. A Pony Club Championship win at age 14 was followed by a Young Event Rider Showjumping Championship victory in 2006, and posting the best score at the Junior European Championships, in Samuar, for the British team.
A glittering Juniors career was followed up with numerous successes in the Young Riders category. Having completed his first CIC*** at both Barbary and Hartpury, Aaron finished the 2006 season 4th in the Under 21 rankings. By 2008 he’s risen to the top of his field, accumulating the most National and International points during the season. With 2 horses selected for the British Young Riders Team, it was a golden season.
The 5* goal…
2009 brought the pinnacle of Aaron’s career to date – CCI5* success!
Stormsay (Henry) was truly Aaron’s horse of a lifetime. That one horse that makes you the rider you truly want to be and takes you to places you never thought possible. During their faultless Badminton cross-country round they hit the headlines for being chased by a dog for some considerable part of the course. The video of which still frequently does the rounds on social media, if you haven’t seen it you can watch it here.
The wonderful Henry went on to produced two more faultless rounds at Burghley before Aaron decided to retire him from the top level of competition.
A true hero Henry spent his final days at home with Aaron’s mother Lesley.
Producing World Class Horses…
Since then Aaron has been concentrating on producing world class horses for the performance market. Taking a great deal of satisfaction from producing a green four-year-old to a confident, balanced and successful performance horse.
One of Aaron’s most notable former horses was ‘Allercombe Ellie’. Bred just two minutes away from Aaron’s Exeter home, Aaron produced ‘Ellie’ from a 5-year-old to a world class 3* competitor. Ellie was selected to represent Team GBR in 2014 at the World Equestrian Games and won the Tattersalls CCI*** with Izzy Taylor.
Aaron also enjoyed a very successful 2014 season with MGH Grafton Street. Having completed his young horse classes with Lucy and Padraig McCarthy, and then moving to Helen West for a short period of time, the ride moved to Aaron. Stepping the talented gelding up to Novice level Aaron produced 2 wins and finished in the top 3 in 5 out of their 6 runs at the level, including a 3rd place finish at Aldon YH*. MGH Grafton Street has now gone on to compete at CCI*** level with Pippa Funnell.
A turning point…
Following a serious car crash in 2015 Aaron has worked hard on not only his recovery but also to build the Aaron Millar Eventing brand, and business, to create more stability in his stable. Understandably rides were lost following the accident, as owners can’t wait around for riders to heal. Focusing now on producing horses to the top of their game, whilst also producing world class horses for sale. With help from, ex Wall Street, Sarah Wild, a business plan and investors pack has been created.
Affordable Eventing has also been created with the aim of bring more eventing enthusiasts into ‘ownership’. We appreciate that owning event horses is expensive and fraught with risk, which is why Aaron has created a scheme that allows members to invest smaller amounts monthly, gain all of the exciting and social benefits of event horse ownership, and still take a share of the profit if the horses are sold.