Kim Barnes, of Wauchope, with her Welsh pony ‘Yarra Heights Trick a Treat’ at the Grafton Show.
Kim Barnes, of Wauchope, with her Welsh pony ‘Yarra Heights Trick a Treat’ at the Grafton Show.

Kim still enjoying show circuit

AFTER she caught the horse-showing bug about 30 years ago, Kim Barnes has been travelling up and down the east coast of Australia.

“This year we started in the Camden Haven region and moved on to the Sydney Royal Easter Show and then all the way up the east coast to Grafton,” she said.

Having been around horses all her life, Kim only really ‘got into’ ponies for her kids.

“Now my kids have all left and had kids of their own, but the ponies are still around and won’t be going anywhere in the near future,” she said.

After the next run of shows that include Coffs Harbour, she will head home to Wauchope, where Yarra Heights Trick a Treat, or Nudge as he is more affectionately known, gets some rather special treatment.

“Nudge is allowed inside. He sits with us of a night time and has a bowl of peanuts and a bowl of wine. He will eat and drink pretty much everything that we do. He is a little special,” she said.

“Today he wanted a drink so he picked up a sports bottle with his teeth and swung his head back to take a swig. He is pretty clever.”

In yesterday’s main arena, Kim and her ponies took out the awards for champion show hunter horse, supreme young stock Australian stock bred and the Australian saddle pony.

“It takes about three hours per horse to properly prep them for the ring,” Kim said.

Between washing, plaiting, saddling, putting make-up on their faces and legs to enhance their colour, it is a pretty time-consuming.”



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