Anna-Rose Chapman on her birthday with Hopie.
Anna-Rose Chapman on her birthday with Hopie. Mike Richards

Miniature ponies display talents at show

IT was a day of firsts for birthday girl Anna-Rose Chapman at the Miniature Horse and Pony Extravaganza competition in Gladstone.

Anna-Rose turned nine on Sunday and showed her miniature horse Hopie for the first time.

She was rapt.

"I won four ribbons this weekend and my first trophy ever," she said.

"Hopie is a bit naughty, she knocked everything over."

The youngest competitor participated in Gladstone's first miniature horse showcase, proudly running with her three-year-old horse over jumps.

"Hopie was born on our property. We give her treats, too," Anna-Rose said.

Around 61 competitors took part in the two-day event at the Gladstone Showgrounds, coming from all over central Queensland to show off their pets' tricks and talents.

Winner of the Fault and Out category Terri McClelland drove from Rockhampton to show her horse Tadpole.

"People don't realise what you can do with miniature horses," she said.

"I wouldn't replace Tadpole for anything, he's very cheeky."



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