EQUESTRIANISM: Gonerby’s Staff qualifies for Horse of the Year Show

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GREAT Gonerby pony rider Abigail Staff has been enjoying good success with her ponies recently.

At last Friday’s Ponies UK Summer Championship Show at Newark Showground, 23-year-old Abigail qualified her pony Kala Flash Jack (aka Jack) for the Horse of the Year Show at the NEC, Birmingham, in October. The pair won the Mountain and Moorland Welsh Section D class.She qualified another pony, Thimbleby Angelique, at the previous week’s National Pony Society Summer Championship Show at Three Counties Showground, Malvern.

At the same show, riding her own four-year-old Highland pony, Lochranza of Langley, they won the Picton Novice Championship Final.

In between the two shows, she rode Jack to the First Reserve Supreme Championship at the Amateur Showing Society Championship Show at Arena UK, Allington.

Based at her parents’ yard in Great Gonerby, Abigail’s next show is the British Show Pony Society Summer Championship at Arena UK.

l South Witham youngster Laura Hilton took home some spoils from the UK Riders national finals held at Arena UK last weekend.

The competition was the culmination of a series run all over the country to find the overall champions in dressage and show jumping at grassroots level, with more than 160 entrants.

Finishing in the placings, Laura also won a trophy and iPod for riding an ex-racehorse to the highest place in the competition.