EQUESTRIANISM: Gonerby girl rides to top 10 finishes at Hickstead

Abigail Staff and Jack
Abigail Staff and Jack
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Great Gonerby’s Abigail Staff performed well at the Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead last week.

Twenty-five-year-old Abigail and her pony, Welsh Section D gelding Gala Flash Jack, qualified for the famous show after two wins at the Newark and Nottinghamshire Show back in May.

They competed in the Ponies UK Young Riders Final, in which they finished seventh, and the Amateur Riders Championship Final in which they were fifth.

Abigail’s mum said: “To qualify for such a prestigious event is fantastic but to get a placing in the top 10 is magical, as the best in the country compete in this National Final.

“Not bad for a local Gonerby girl and her pony.”

Abigail and Jack will be back in action at Hickstead again on Sunday when they contest the Home Produced Final.