Milly started riding as an 11 year old at Windmill Hill Riding Academy, near Stratford-upon-Avon. After 2 years show jumping her fabulous pony 'Pepper', her parents David and Sylvia Adcock, bought Milly her first horse, 'Grosvenor' (stable name 'Grovely'): Grovely was a very talented bright bay thoroughbred by Kadir Cup, and he came from Ireland as a 4 year old, to Jack Gittins yard in Armscote. As well as many wins in the Warwickshire Pony Club Teams, and BE (then BHS) Horse Trials, their most notable achievements were going clear cross-country round Bramham two star three-day event (especially as Grovely was barely 15hh), and being long listed for the Junior GB Team (Milly was also long listed on Geraldine Rees event horse ‘Pressos’). BSJA, they won up to Foxhunter level and were placed at grade C and B&C levels. Milly’s notable successes in those early years were also:
Remi, Rubi and Roo are friends, family and teachers, taking Milly on her present path that is looking for better ways to communicate with, and ride our horses. It is because of Rubi that 'The Concordia Connection' came into being, an organisation founded by Milly to promote mindfulness in the horse community.
“We need a teacher to show us how to see ourselves – not just with heightened objectivity but also with greater forgiveness. For that job, there is a master: a sage who can teach any willing student the way. That sage is the horse. ……Horses return to us our emotional truth: what we feel is what they see……… Horses are like a band of legendary Zen masters. They are perfect teachers because they uncover your real motivation. They tell you when you’re wholeheartedly committed or faking it, when you’re making a sacred vow or just paying lip service. Horses see what’s holding you back; & when you find the courage to confront those shortcomings, horses will always reward you with a way to overcome them.” Allan J Hamilton MD
After leaving Windmill Hill, and riding as a freelance rider, Milly had numerous successes BSJA show jumping, team chasing, and BE eventing on many different horses, for many different owners, as well as on her own, and her mother's horses. Her most notable successes were winning the BSJA Caroline Bradley Memorial Novice Championships with Mary Bedson’s ‘Low Voltage’, and winning the British Eventing Intermediate Horse Trials at Solihull with her own horse, ‘Noble Lady’.
In 1993 Milly got the exclusive ride on the very talented Cleveland Bay Mare ‘Widow’s Might’ (Amanda) for Jenny Wilk. That year they were British Dressage Midland Novice Champions, and went on to come 3rd in the National Championships at Goodwood. They also came 5th in the National Open Dressage and Jumping Championships at Blenheim, and 2nd in the Husky Novice Elite Championships at Addington, and they went on to have another 9 wonderful competition years together.
Highlights include Qualifying for the British Dressage National Championships at:
Prix St Georges: 1997 (18th), and 1998
Intermediaire I: 1998 (15th), 1999 and 2000
Intermediaire I Kur: 1998 (13th), and 2001
Intermediaire II 2000
Amanda retired from National Competitions in 2002 aged 21, after winning that summer at Intermediaire I, and coming 4th at Worton in the Grand Prix. Amanda lived with Milly until she very sadly passed away in 2012, at the age of 30.
In 1999 Milly was given the ride on Juliette Thomas’s ‘Kudi’, and in their 8 years together, they won in BD competitions from Novice to Prix St Georges, being placed at British Dressage National Championships at Open Elementary and Medium level, and winning the Midland Festival Championships at Prix St Georges