Happy to share big passion for ‘minis’
Matamata’s A& P Show was Rebecca Brosnan’s first show so it’s only fitting she’s looking forward to attending again this year with her miniature horses.
Rebecca, a year 11 student at Matamata College, used to take part in calf club every year while at primary school but once she moved to college she still wanted to be involved.
‘‘When I was at intermediate I realised I didn’t have anything to do and then I saw miniatures at the show.’’
The rest, as they say, is history.
The first horses to arrive were Winney and Linka.
Rebecca said competing with miniatures gives you options. ‘‘You can compete in activities classes like obstacles and halter classes, which show off the breed of the horse.’’
Rebecca said Winney is really good at jumping and he’s ‘‘not bad’’ in the other classes either. Rebecca has fun while competing too. ‘‘It’s enjoyable when you can run around. You have to be fit to do it though, if you have horses that do activity.’’
Next to arrive were Glint and Knight and in the last month Google and Blondie turned up.
Rebecca said she was excited about attending her third Matamata show with her ‘‘minis’’.
A lot of work goes into having miniatures as part of the family though, she said.
‘‘You have to clip them for the shows and they have to wear makeup, it’s just so much more work than anyone realises.’’ And despite being quite small, Rebecca said her miniatures actually eat quite a lot. They spend some time in their yards and also time out in the paddocks eating grass.
Rebecca said her favourite part about having miniatures was getting up early and heading to the different shows. ‘‘I like competing but at the same time it’s so much fun to just be with the horses. I really like animals.’’
There are even certain shows just for miniatures.
Rebecca, who won
youth overall high points of the show at the recent New Zealand Miniature Horse Association National Show, said she has a lot of support from her family and friends.
Rebecca’s results have placed her as the top youth in New Zealand for miniature horses. ‘‘I just love it so much so I hope to keep doing it for a while, not that it makes you much money but it’s just the fun of doing it.’’
She said it was cool to be able to do something with her mum, who helps her with competitions.
It was neat to be able to go along to an A&P show in her home town, she said. Rebecca and her mum, along with friend Melissa Gore, are organising the miniature section at this year’s show. ‘‘It’s just so much work but it’s hopefully going to be worth it,’’ she said.
MINIATURE: Matamata teenager Rebecca Brosnan with two of her miniature horses Winney, left, and Glint.