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Local horse takes out honours at national competition

Libby Greshner's Beauparc Exquisite has been named runner-up Large Show Hunter Pony at teh EA Australasian Show Hunter Pony & Rider competition at Werribee.

JENNA BISHOP December 18, 2013 4:35am

Libby Greshner's Beauparc Exquisite was recently named runner up Large Show Hunter Pony at the EA Australasian Show Pony& Rider Championships

One of Seymour’s top show horses took out honours at a prestigious national competition in Melbourne two weeks ago.

Libby Greshner’s eight-year-old Beauparc Exquisite was named runner-up in the Large Show Hunter Pony class at the Equestrian Australia Australasian Show Horse and Rider Championships at Werribee on December 6 and 7.

It’s far from the first time Beauparc Exquisite has returned with ribbons — he was named Grand National Show Hunter Pony at the Grand National Championships in Sydney in March.

He was ridden in both national championships by young Avenel rider, Zoe Murray.

Beauparc Exquisite was also named champion Large Show Hunter Pony at the 2013 Victorian Agricultural Shows Horse of the Year competition, the Barastoc Show Hunter Pony of the Year in 2012 and 2013, plus many other accolades.

‘‘He’s had a really amazing season and a couple of good years,’’ Greshner said.

Beauparc Exquisite, or James, as he’s affectionately known by family and friends, survived a tough start in life when his mother rejected him after she accidentally cut the afterbirth on an electric fence, causing a great deal of pain.

His name comes from another orphan and famous spy, James Bond, and Greshner said he was named for his will to survive.

‘‘He also has the James Bond attitude, he thinks he’s pretty cool,’’ she said.

James, a third generation horse from Beauparc bloodlines, was the first foal out of Beauparc Reminiscing by a Welsh B stallion.

Competing at the EA Australasian championships meant a five-minute warm up, a workout and finally a presentation in front of three judges.

‘‘You want to show the judges as much as you can in the two-and-a-half minutes, how your horse works with best conformation, best movement and has the temperament to cope with the conditions,’’ Greshner said.

For his workout, Greshner chose Susan Boyle’s I Dreamed A Dream, a song made famous by the Broadway musical, Les Miserables.

‘‘It felt right to do it,’’ Greshner said.

She said she picked that particular song because of its pace changes and perfect tempo for a canter — plus, it was a complete contrast to the song she picked the previous year, LMFAO’s Sexy and I Know It.

‘‘Anyone who knew him said (Sexy and I Know It) was James all over.’’

Greshner said there had been a few extra lessons squeezed in before the competition, although there wasn’t much extra training needed.

‘‘We’ve been competing all season and we’ve been building up to it,’’ she said.

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