Melise Tuma-Webb and M-Jay Forte are getting ready for tomorrow’s start of the Australian Stock Horse Nationals at the Warwick Showgrounds.
Melise Tuma-Webb and M-Jay Forte are getting ready for tomorrow’s start of the Australian Stock Horse Nationals at the Warwick Showgrounds.

Tuma-Webb trots in

SYDNEY accountant Melise Tuma-Webb has brought four horses to Warwick for the show section of the Australian Stock Horse Society Nationals at the Warwick Showgrounds this weekend.

Tuma-Webb works as an accountant and spends the rest of her time operating the M-Jay ASH Stud at Wilberforce near Windsor 45 minutes drive from the Sydney CBD.

At lunchtime yesterday, she was lunging M-Jay Forte in the showgrounds arena as the colt is prepared for the led class tomorrow.

M-Jay Forte turns two on the horses’ birthday (August 1) on Sunday, but ages for the nationals are all taken as of July 31.

He was born on October 17, 2008, but won’t be disadvantaged as the majority of horses in his class were born from August to October.

“It is too cold for a foal before August,” she said.

Forte was a winner at the Sydney Royal Easter Show and the Canberra Show so has the form on the board but Tuma-Webb said any number of the one-year-olds had a good chance.

“I would love him to win his class and the champion yearling exhibit,” Tuma-Webb said. “There are usually 15 or 20 in the class.”

While Forte is in the lead class this weekend, Tuma-Webb will break him in at Christmas unless sold beforehand. The colt is on the market at $12,000.

This week, Tuma-Webb is being assisted by son Clayton Webb, mother Beverley Tuma and ASH rider Sandra Thompson.

Nationals

Saturday from 7.30am: Led, working, hack and station horse.

Sunday from 8am: Open challenge, youth classes and campdrafting.



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