THE show horse world is undoubtedly thirsty for new blood. While the country’s leading show producers continue to set the pace for the younger generation, there are noticeably few up-and-coming riders forging careers in horse production, most going down the pony and native routes instead.
But for Jack and Harry Moore – two talented siblings from Cheshire who are garnering rides, results and admiration – the horse game is where they want to play. The brothers herald from horsey stock and had some solid results on their ponies, but they have taken no chances up until now, and are constantly standing at the top of the lines among some of the industry’s most respected professionals.
“We can afford to have far fewer mistakes,” says Jack, 23. “Our horses have to be perfect in every single way.”
Jack sits with Harry, 21, and their mother, Nicky, at their kitchen table. We can’t give you the usual inside peek around the setup – current lockdown restrictions mean the interview is taking place over video call – but the Moores tell me the yard is situated slap-bang in the middle of rural Cheshire, surrounded by pretty countryside.
They have been settled at the base for 12 months and currently have 14 stables, with eight more being added imminently. Other facilities include a brand new all-weather arena, a lunging pen and a gallop track running round the edge of the paddocks. Harry and Jack’s father, Nick, and younger sister, Georgie, complete the team. Georgie is a similarly gifted rider, following her equestrian roots.
“I grew up helping my parents, who used to break horses and deal a bit,” explains Nicky. “I also team chased, show jumped, evented and represented England at tetrathlon.
“I was more into the jumping side of things, but I was occasionally grabbed to sit on the odd show pony.”
Nicky gave up horses for a while when she had her children and, naturally, when Jack was old enough he took to the saddle.
“When he was six, Jack had a bad fall while jumping,” says Nicky. “This is when he decided he wanted to have a go at showing and so began having lessons with Julie Templeton. When we moved house, Julie had the boys’ ponies to produce. She pretty much took over from where I left off; I told her that my last experience of the show ring was when I was on a lead-rein pony myself!”
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