Mini horses prove a big deal at Dannevirke A&P Show

Youngest competitor Jordyn May (3) receives her trophy for leading Prowler with judges Clayton Stephen (Palmerston North) and Barbara Bilski (Carterton).
Youngest competitor Jordyn May (3) receives her trophy for leading Prowler with judges Clayton Stephen (Palmerston North) and Barbara Bilski (Carterton).

When it became too hot in the Manawatu Indoor Arena, the Lower North Island Miniature Horse Club moved venues for its first annual show to the Dannevirke A&P Showgrounds.

The Association of Independent Miniature Horse Clubs is growing, with five clubs in the North Island and one in the South Island.

All is well when small horse meets big dog - miniature horse Zeb meets great dane Murphy.
All is well when small horse meets big dog - miniature horse Zeb meets great dane Murphy.

It began two years ago and the latest to join its ranks is the Southern North Island Club, incorporating from Taranaki south. The East Coast Club has been going for two years and came along to support the new club.

Each club holds a show, with the North Island National Show at Pukekohe in March.

Horses are graded Foundation, Classic and Modern and then classed according to three height sections.

Tracey Beaufill leads Sam over a jump in a slalom course.
Tracey Beaufill leads Sam over a jump in a slalom course.

Like most equestrian shows the animals are judged on appearance and obedience — called In Hand and Performance. Saturday was the day for In Hand judging with about 20 horses in the ring before two experienced judges.

On the Sunday, adjacent to about 1000 cars and trucks in the A&P arena from the Wheels With Attitude show, the horses were put through their paces around a slalom course.

All age groups were involved.

The youngest was Jordyn May from Pahiatua, who is three and totally in love with the horses — and is small enough to ride them.

Get the news delivered straight to your inbox

Receive the day’s news, sport and entertainment in our daily email newsletter

SIGN UP NOW

© Copyright 2018, NZME. Publishing Limited

Assembled by: (cfusion) on production apcf03 at 19 Aug 2018 05:43:59 Processing Time: 199ms