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Better luck this time for Abbie; Horsebox Place sealed in Arena final.

Byline: NEIL B JONES

MORPETH Pony Club member Abbie Curtis and her 14.2hh allround jumping pony Top Cat had more luck at this year's Richmond Equestrian Centrestaged Oliver Townend Eventers Challenge qualifiers, winning the 2ft 3in 14 years and over class and a place in the December final at Arena UK.

The competition series, held at various venues around the UK, consists of eight classes of varying jumping heights from 2ft 3in upto 3ft 3in, a mix of 16 showjumping and cross country fences indoor and an undisclosed optimum time.

A standard track and fences are built at each qualifier so anyone chasing qualification will meet the same differentials and optimum time.

Abbie said: "You need a bit of luck and my horse is not fast so I can ride him carefully to an optimum time.

"I did this class last year at Richmond but was over the optimum and not placed."

Her mum Bev Curtis also rode in the same class to give their second horse Coquet Grafitti, a 16.1hh 7 year old grey gelding, some experience and finished fifth.

Mrs Curtis said: "The more one can get novice horses into something like this event at Richmond the better. I'm delighted with him because there's a lot to see, has never been anywhere with a gallery and jumped wells."

Abbie and Top Cat also recently completed a UK Chasers Cross Country class final at Thornton Lodge, Yorkshire. She added: "I qualified for the Junior Novice at High Plains but wasn't placed after a refusal. The final consists of 30 fences, a mix of x/c fences and six show jumps at the end."

Abbie's mum finished third on Graff in the senior novice at the same competition final.

"The more one can get novice horses into something like this event at Richmond the better

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THROUGH: Morpeth's Abbie Curtis and Top Cat are in the Arena UK Oliver Townend Eventers Challenge Championship next month.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 22, 2008
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