There’s a reason for the saying “good things come in small packages.” That was indeed the case for 10-year-old Evan Manning, of Loganville, when he and his miniature horse, Autumn Blu Sky, took top honors at the American Miniature Horse Association 8 – 12 Hi-Point Championship held at the Will Rogers Arena in Fort. Worth, Texas, over the summer.
Evan also won the Youth 18 and under Special Needs Championship in Showmanship, bringing home in total two World Championship ribbons, three World Reserve Championship ribbons and 13 different World Top 10 placement ribbons. Evan and Audrey Cundey, of Grayson, were two competitors at the competition with horses that they train with at the Balmy Breeze Miniature Horse farm in Loganville, Ga. Balmy Breeze trains miniature horses for World and National Level Competitions. The show took place between Aug. 26 through Sept. 2.
“Four horses, Sky, Silvercloud, Breeze and Light and the two students participated in the show,” said Becki Van Der Walt of Balmy Breeze. “Audrey recently graduated from Archer High School and Evan is a fifth-grader at Sharon Elementary School. Altogether, our students and horses brought home two World Championships, three Reserve World Championships, nine Top Fives and eight Top Tens.”
Van Der Walt said Balmy Breeze accepts students for training from ages 3 and up. Miniature horses are shown by all ages. The shows have classes for youth ages 7 and under, 8 – 12, 13 – 18, Amateur classes and classes for Golden Age (50 years and older).
“You are never too old to show miniature horses and many times, it is a family affair. The classes available at the shows include halter (horse conformation), driving classes (miniature horses can pull 3 times their weight), in-hand hunter classes, in-hand halter obstacle (trail) classes, showmanship and more,” Van Der Walt said. “You don’t have to own your own horse to take lessons or show. Balmy Breeze will train you with their horses. Balmy Breezes offers lessons, training, horse leases, birthday parties, and we even have our very own Unicorn.”