Happy to share big pas­sion for ‘minis’

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By TERESA HAT­TAN

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.

Photo: TERESA HAT­TAN

MINIA­TURE: Mata­mata teenager Re­becca Bros­nan with two of her minia­ture horses Win­ney, left, and Glint.

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