Little ponies hit the big league in Gladstone
THEY'RE less than a metre high, have well-groomed manes, and can leap over jumps the height of themselves.
Meet miniature horses Mickey and Diamondz.
The pair are much loved by their owners Barb Hall and Liana Wynne.
Mickey and Diamondz will be two of more than 60 miniature horses competing at the upcoming Miniature Horse and Pony Extravaganza.
The competition is a first of its kind in Gladstone, and the horses have been preparing for weeks.
"The serious prep work starts six weeks prior to a competition and it'll be between four and five times a week," Ms Wynne said.
The horses and ponies will take part in a diverse program that includes lungeline, trial, hunter, showjumping, six-bar and fault and out.
A variety of events will cater for miniature ponies to little horses.
Horses and trainers will also don some imaginative costumes for the show favourite - the youth and adult costume category.
Ms Wynne and Ms Hall are both lovers of big horses and the minis.
"You still need to do their feet and teeth like the upkeep of a normal horse, but they're much easier to handle," Ms Hall said.
And the trend is catching on, due to the little horses' lovable nature.
"Miniature ponies and shetlands have brilliant natures. I find them extremely intelligent," Ms Wynne said.
"They've become so popular because they can be handled by kids through to the elderly."
- November 1-2, Saturday from 12.30pm and Sunday from 8am at the Gladstone Showgrounds.
- Ponies and horses will compete in front of a judge from Brisbane.
- Each group division will have a champion and reserve champion.
- Entry by gold coin donation.
- Food and drinks available.