Clare Heald

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Clare Mary Heald (née Harding) (28 August 1895 - 11 March 1973), or as she was to become later when she re-married, Clare Miller, was a well-known horsewoman in her day, and horrified the hierarchy of racing in 1930 by applying for a licence to ride under both Jockey Club (flat) and National Hunt (steeplechase) rules.

She was strongly supported by 'Brab' (Lord Brabazon), the famous airman and racing motorist, and others, and it was her intention one day to win, if she could, both the Derby and the Grand National. She had to content herself with winning some 30 point-to-point races in England and later in Kenya. One of her stallions was Syndrian, brother to Sicyon, both bred by Solly Joel (Solomon Joel).

Born Clare Mary Harding, she came from a large family at Old Springs, Staffordshire. A niece of the Earl of Denbigh, and of Baron Clifford of Chudleigh, her first husband was William Henry Arthur Heald, himself an early airman, and brother of Sir Lionel Heald, the Attorney General, well-known to Rhodesians as a member of the ill-fated Monckton Commission. Her second husband was Lt Comdr John Bryan Peter Duppa-Miller, G.C., one of the twelve naval officers who volunteered to dismantle the magnetic mines which were dropped off by the Germans over London in the autumn of 1940. With him, she settled in Salisbury, Rhodesia, in 1965. Her daughter Ann was married to Keith Stainton, the M.P. for Sudbury & Woodbridge. She had six grandchildren. She was a very gentle character,...
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