"I got Angus when I was 12 years old. He was my first horse (16.1hh) a big step up from my 12hh pony and I haven’t had a single regret. During the four years Angus and I have been a pair we have attended pony club and started competing in interschool dressage competitions which took Angus a bit out of his comfort zone. But while dressage has never been Angus’ favourite discipline he has never failed to try to please me in whatever I ask of him. In our time together I have learned a lot with show-jumping becoming a new goal for me and the goal of us learning to trust each other during the intense pressure of competitions being a joint one. Angus has a quirky personality at times but is a lovely placid boy with endearing mannerisms which makes him the loveable horse he is."
"Wow where do I start with my journey and Murray, the Red Wiggle!
Well at 16 years old my parents threw me on a plane to Melbourne to look at a horse (not Wiggles) down at the Friends of Werribee event. However, when we found out Wiggles was also competing there we thought we had better have a look. All it took for me was to watch his XC round and I was hooked! I had my first ride on him there and I knew instantly that this horse was the one. So I came home with a 17.1hh chestnut OTTB!
I can’t say Mum and Dad were too thrilled on the fact that he needs two partitions in the gooseneck, but he got brownie points from Dad for being a fellow Kiwi! Lou was amazing with the process, especially since this was a big step for her to say goodbye to the Red Wiggle and send him to sunny QLD, but he has given this family some epic rides. I remember my first ride on Wiggles at home being down at our local Toowoomba XC course with a coach. Now I hadn’t done much more than 95 eventing and by the end of the clinic we were going around 2 star jumps! Now this is how you can tell you’ve bought a good horse, one that can teach you the ropes of XC and loves it just as much as you do. From here on our eventing journey continued.
One of our greatest successes was a new event down in Waterford with a brand new XC course so all the jumps were maxed out and man were some of those brushes big! We ended up placing 3rd overall (out of about 50) and 1st placed junior rider! We smashed it out XC going clear and perfect on time, same with the SJ! So we did a season of 95 eventing and then last year we moved up to 1 star! I graduated school last year and was meant to head overseas so I passed him on to my little sister Georgia (14), but don’t worry he’s only on loan to her!
Georgia and Wiggles are also both competing one star now and he really is the ultimate eventing schoolmaster for a young kid learning the ropes of eventing. Georgia is planning to get up to 2 star in the near future and potentially 3 star with Adelaide set in her sights!"
"To say Billy was a one in a million horse would be an understatement! I still remember a little timid me going and trialing Billy, after breaking my tibia, fibia and growth plate in my left ankle from a bad fall. I was so nervous because I was still recovering and honestly, I was not very trusting of horses for a while. However if I had never met Billy, I would not be where I am today.
After bringing Billy home it wasn’t long before I learned how to be confident again and let myself be able to trust a horse to carry me around safely. Being able to have a horse like Billy took me from being to scared to trot around a paddock to confidently schooling and competing EvA 80 eventing and 95 CT. Not only did I get my confidence to go out and compete again but I got my first Horse Trials win plus many more. He even took me all the way to Toowoomba to compete at the 2017 PCA nationals in Tetrathlon where my team won!
There is not enough time in the world to give thanks to this beautiful horse who shaped me to believe in myself and show me that I don’t have to be scared anymore. Sadly he lost his battle with colic a year ago but his memory and legacy lives on. I know Billy will be resting among angels today because he truly was one."