Pint-size show ponies lead the field in cuteness

SHORT STUFF: Kristina Sanne with two of her miniature horses, Bessy and Monty. Photo: Adam Hourigan
SHORT STUFF: Kristina Sanne with two of her miniature horses, Bessy and Monty. Photo: Adam Hourigan

GREAT things really do come in small packages - if the miniature horses coming to town this weekend are anything to go by.

These little guys are as cute as a button and, like the models they are, they sure do know it.

No taller than 28 inches, the pint-size ponies from the Australian Miniature Horse Society will take to the ring from 1pm tomorrow in halter and colour classes.

At 6pm horses and owners will compete in the liberty class, where competitors have a certain amount of time to show all paces of the horse while at liberty.

Like a jazz routine, the horses will perform to a song chosen by the competitor.

Come Sunday the miniature horses will hit the showjumping ring for an uber-cute display, with Australian Western Horse Society secretary Evelyn Towill saying viewers will be surprised with just how high the horses can jump.

"It's something interesting for people to watch to see how versatile they are," Mrs Towill said.

The miniature horses will be joined by their much taller friends on Sunday, as the Australian Western Horse Society brings its prized quarter and paint horses to compete in trail, western pleasure, sporting and harness classes.

So whatever size horse takes your fancy, there will be something for everyone at Hawthorne Park, South Grafton, this weekend.

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