Two Year Old Saddles Up Miniature Pony ‘Maybelline’ To Compete in Rodeo

This ‘little big-man’ rodeo rider has caused a big stir in the gritty world of barrel racing.

The two 1/2 year old, Royce Gill, from Upper Horton in western New South Wales, Australia should be kicking up tantrums, but instead he is kicking up the dust on his six-year-old pony, Maybelline.

Even though Royce is still wearing diapers, it is no surprise that this young cowboy has taken to the sport of racing barrels at high-speeds.  He is the seventh-generation rodeo rider in his family.

Royce entered his first competition at the Beaudesert Rodeo in the ‘18 year and under’ classification.  Even though he did not win any ribbons in his first try, he has plenty of time to catch up with the much older competition.

His father, Ryan Gill, says his son was born with the passion, ‘I just sit him on and he wants to stay there.’

Mr. Gill, who lives in the country on a 3000-acre property, states that he will help his son move on to bigger calves and ponies as he grows up.

In the meantime, the pint-sized rodeo rider has a busy schedule.  Royce will continue to compete in barrel racing against riders more than seven times his age.

Like father, like son, Royce Gill is sure to follow in the footsteps of his father Ryan who is a champion rodeo rider

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Re-written from News Sources

Photo Credit: Jamie Hanson Newspix

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The “999” Pony

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In Southampton, England there is a pony that is creating a rush of emergency calls from caring people that are driving by her pasture.

The message to the fire brigade is always the same: Come quickly, a poor little pony is stuck in the mud.

The reason for the emergency calls is not that the pony is sunk in the mire, but that she simply has very short legs.

Her owner is considering putting up a sign outside the field to advise motorists that “Mayflower”  is a stocky pony, not a stuck pony.

The problem with putting up a sign is that one day she might actually get stuck and then the fire brigade won’t turn up, says the owner.

“Mayflower” is a cross between a Shetland pony and a New Forest pony.  She inherited the Shetland’s short legs and the New Forest pony’s long body.

Her unusually short legs compared to the other ponies in the pasture that surround her cause Mayflower to stand out, or rather semi-disappear.  Thus the cause for all the excitement.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service’s animal rescue team have been called out numerous times to rescue the animal since it started grazing on the salt marshes at Redbridge, Southampton.

This has included  a specialist lifting vehicle, 12 fire fighters, two to three fire trucks plus an animal rescue expert.

Every time the highly trained firefighters rush to the scene they find the same horse … “Mayflower”.

So, what does Mayflower think of all this?

She simply trots her little self off to prove that she’s not stuck at all, but quite simply minding her own business doing what ponies do … grazing.

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