Reunited with owner
Quarter horse Topsail Wimpy has returned home to Kumeu crowned a champion.
The stallion has been reunited with owner Jozette Hazeldine after winning prestigious titles in reining, the Western form of dressage, in Australia.
Both are getting to know each other again after the horse's victorious 20-month stint competing under the guidance of renowned Australian trainer Rob Lawson.
Wimpy won the intermediate open futurity and was voted reserve champion in the Reining Australia National Futurity. Jozette, also a trainer, says she felt nervous watching the competition.
"I've never been in that position before being the owner of a horse and having someone else showing it.
"The video I did was pretty shaky. Wimpy shaped up really well so I decided to keep him in Australia longer."
Jozette flew to Australia in February to show her American born horse which she has raised from the age of 9 months. They entered a show in Jindabyne, in the snowy mountains.
Five-year-old Wimpy placed second in the intermediate open derby and the open derby.
"That was pretty exciting - I haven't shown overseas since I was a youth," the regular competitor in the New Zealand reining arena says.
The 39-year-old last competed in Australia and Germany when she was 17 and 19 at the Quarter Horse Youth World Cup.
She scored a world championship title at each.
Wimpy, also a breeding stallion, rode on to boost his status this year. He won two open champion titles, one open derby championship and one national freestyle championship in Australia before returning home this month.
"It was exciting to get him home but it was equally exciting to have him over there," she says."It was a once in a lifetime experience to have him competing at such a high level in Australia."