Stud owner still shining at top
AT almost 70 years of age, Warwick’s Wildflower Stud owner Kay Burke still wanders her sprawling property near Leslie Dam breeding some of Australia’s best miniature horses.
Mrs Burke recently cemented her position as one of the nation’s leading miniature horse breeders when she took out the silverware at two of the largest miniature horse shows held in the Southern Hemisphere.
“It’s just a look, you have to know what looks good, and that takes many years of breeding experience,” Mrs Burke said.
“During Easter, yearling colt Wildflower’s Breakin All The Rules went supreme of supremes and national futurities champion from 300 entries at the Miniature Horse Association of Australia (MHAA) Nationals show at Horsley Park in Sydney, and backed up the following weekend to do the same thing at the Independent Miniature Horse Registry National Show at Tamworth, taking champion of champion out of 450 entries.
“He then went supreme of supremes at the MHAA Futurities at Caboolture last weekend taking a hat trick at his last three shows.
“This little horse at the tender age of two years now has a dozen or more supremes to his credit out of as many shows.”
The accredited international miniature horse judge has almost five decades in the industry and jested there was the presence of the green-eyed monster when the stud’s name was called, on numerous occasions, to receive the accolades.
“The more we won the less they clapped. I said we should have brought our own clapping machine by the end of it,” Mrs Burke said.
Mrs Burke has teamed up with stud partner Luke Perrin to breed horses which have won more than 100 supreme halter champion titles.
“The weanlings colts Wildflower MG All Bets Are Off took national grand champion and Wildflower Bringin Sexy Back took reserve national grand champion and national futurities champion at the MHAA National show with the weanling fillies Wildflower Troubles Miss Behavin taking reserve national champion,” she said.
“Every Wildflower horse shown did extremely well and did the local stud proud.
“It’s amazing to come from a little country town and be winning top prizes in Australia.”