Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Horsebox: Sister Act a Winner for South Causey

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Horsebox: Sister Act a Winner for South Causey

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NORTH-East juniors took advantage of Stainsby Grange's schedule, using it as a warm-up for Premier Show national qualifiers to be held at Norton Heath this weekend and South View next week.

The South Causey 12-year-old, Harriet Moiser, who took over her elder sister's ride Rich Brown, a 13.2hh nine-year-old bay gelding last August has qualified for the second round Hickstead classes at the premier shows and will be at Norton Heath over the weekend.

Stainsby was her final warm-up show with two wins in a Small Pony Open and 138cm national classes.

To qualify for the second round Hickstead qualifiers, riders had to finish in first to sixth place in Winter 138cm run-up classes.

Harriet is in good company because her sister, now jumping 148cm ponies, was invited to jump for England on her pony Mandingo in 128cm classes at the Irish Home International in 2005.

Apart from Hickstead, Harriet's ambition is to get to the Horse of the Year Show this season.

Another show visitor and looking fresh was one of Britain's current best jumping ponies, Micklow Madness a 14.2hh 11-year-old chestnut gelding, ridden for the first time in a class by Loftus 15-year-old Laura Neilson, who immediately sank the opposition to win the junior Foxhunter class.

The pony, a complete novice when bought, was brought on through Newcomer and Foxhunter classes by older brother 16-year-old Daniel who in 2006 won three Hickstead classes.

He also won the Under-16s European individual and team gold medals in Samur, France and a Nations Cup in Holland.

Now on horses, he is currently working for BSJA team selectors Jason and Katrina Moore. Sister Laura recently had lessons from Peter Allen and is set to take on 148cm qualifiers at South View.

Stainsby rider Yasmin Tanfield, who has taken on prolific winner Silver Wonder, a 128cm 10-year-old grey gelding from cousin Pippa Allen, is hoping to make her mark at Premier shows meanwhile.

At the show Silver was fifth in the Small Pony Handicap but came to win the 128cm class.

On a second pony - Disney's Colorcode - she had four faults in the jump-off to finish in fifth place behind second-placed Pippa Allen on Strawberry Fair III. …

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