As I have a soft spot for adorable minis, I couldn't help by fall in love with Hughie! He is a crowd favourite at BreyerFest, working his magic to earn a treat or two from his many fans. When competing with his teenage owner/trainer Megan, he is a rock star with an impressive resume of wins and championships. Here is more about Megan and her journey:
Name: Megan Postletheweight
Home Base: Evansville, Indiana USA
Discipline: Eventing, All-around English, All-around Western, Miniature Horses
Horses: Nitro, I'm Not Decalf (Spencer), Dupree's Lucky Clover (Clover), TWF's Moonlight Playboy (Hughie) and HLL Divinity's Fifty Shades of Bay (Divinity)
Started Riding: I started riding at 9 years old back in June 2013
Recent Highlight of my Riding career: Earning six Top 5 awards at the AMHA World Championship after showing for just over 2 years. I am a mini Youth Owned and Trained Exhibitor (YOTE) so it makes it even more special to know I earned this on my own
The Horse that had the most impact on my journey: I would say that Nitro or Hughie would have had the most impact. They both taught me that if you really want something and if you are willing to put in the hard work, you can achieve your goals, no matter how big or small.
Most Challenging Time in my Riding career: For about 6 months last year, I did not have a trainer for Eventing. I had a new 4/5-year-old OTTB who I needed help training in a new discipline: Eventing. At first, it was kind of fun to get to do things on my own, but then I realized that my riding had gone downhill slight and it was time to get back in a training program. I finally found my current trainer Shannon Austin, who has helped me so much and I am continuing to improve.
Most Rewarding Moment: My most rewarding moment was probably when I was showing over the summer and was competing against a horse who has 9 World TIles in Jumpers for the American Miniature Horse Association (AMHA). I have never had a trainer for my Miniature Horses and my minis were not trained for much when I got them. All Hughie knew was how to set-up for halter and Divinity was just halter broke. It came down to just Hughie and the 9x World Champion left in the jumper class. We ended up winning the class!
Who has inspired/guided/encouraged you? The main people are my trainers throughout the years. My friends who I've met through riding have also helped me. My parents also encourage me to do my best.
Words to Live by: Work hard and be humble.
Looking forwards 5 to 10 years, where do you see yourself?: Hopefully, in five years I will be riding on a college equestrian team and also continuing to show minis.
Looking back 5 or 10 years, what advice/encouragement would you give your younger self? I would tell myself that riding and training horses are not easy, but it is definitely worth it and to not give up on myself, others, or any horses.
Note: Be sure to follow Megan, Hughie and Divinity's adventures @my.2.minis "voted best mini horse account" by Instagram.
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