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Drew reins in title

MINIATURE CHAMPION: Woodburn’s Drew Humphris, 8, in action at the recent championships that saw him bring home a Golden Buckle.
MINIATURE CHAMPION: Woodburn’s Drew Humphris, 8, in action at the recent championships that saw him bring home a Golden Buckle. Contributed

IT WAS only his second competition, but Drew Humphris, 8, of Woodburn, has walked away with the major title from the Australian Miniature Horse Society Championships for 2012 in his age division.

"He won the Northern New South Wales Golden Buckle and was grand champion in the 6-9-year-old age range," proud mum Kazmin Humphris said.

The Year 2 Woodburn Public School student not only won the Golden Buckle but also a swag of ribbons from the various events he entered.

"In each different event you can show in either full Western or English styles," Ms Humphris said.

"Drew did both."

Drew entered five events over two days and Ms Humphris was impressed that a normally active little boy managed to keep himself and his horse, VIP Exotic Dreamer, impeccably clean.

The competition involved Drew leading the one-year- old filly through obstacle courses using hand directions with the reins and the use of his voice.

Both Drew and his mum got involved with miniature horses through good friends Terry and Karel Mason, who own VIP Exotic Miniatures stud on the outskirts of Woodburn.

"It started as a stress release for me where I was helping Karel by being a caddy," Ms Humphris said.

"Working with miniature horses is good for adults as well as children."

Drew is now looking forward to the next competition, which will be the Nationals in Sydney in April 2013, which both the Humphris and Mason families will head to.

"It's good because I won (the Golden Buckle)," he said.

"But it's not about the winning, it's about having fun."




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