At only six years old, Pukekohe’s Alexia Thomas is an award winning horse rider.
She has recently won a national youth award at the New Zealand Arabian Horse Breeders Society National Championships, making her the youngest rider and handler top compete at a NZ Arabian national show at the tender age of five years old.
Further to that, Alexia won the North Island Championships Hi Point Youth of the Show, becoming the youngest rider ever to have received this title.
“It was amazing accomplishment. Alexia was competing against riders who have had many more years of experience and riding than she has,” says proud mum, Kristie.
Alexia has been riding since she was two years old. Together with her mum, Kristie, started showing just before her third birthday. Her first pony was called Tamsyn.
“She has always been horse crazy,” laughs Kristie.
Kristie says having a love for animals has taught Alexia about responsibility.
Alexia helps on a daily basis mucking out the stables and paddocks, as well as regular care for her ponies.
Alexia’s newest pony is called Springdale Bee Mine Tonight, or fondly known at home as Buzz. Alexia and Buzz have been a dynamic duo for just under a year.
Buzz is a five year old Arabian Riding Pony mare, who is sired by a Multi-Champion Australian Stallion, Beavenlee After Dark and out of New Zealand multi-champion riding pony mare, Glenvale Honey Bee.
This 2016/2017 season alone, Buzz has won an incredible four Supreme Championships, 13 Champion titles, ten reserve championships resulting in a total of 27 sashes from 12 shows.
These include NZ National Reserve Champion Female Pony, NZ National Reserve Champion Ridden and North Island Champion Ridden Novice Arabian.
Alexia and Buzz were also third overall in the Youth Hi Point Championship at New Zealand Arabian Nationals earlier this year.
Adding to their success is the multiple championships and reserve championships in lead rein classes at A&P shows and ribbon days.
Alexia competes with Buzz in the Arabian led and ridden classes at the North Island Championships, NZAHBS New Zealand National Championships and in the Lead Rein Ring at A&P shows, while Kristie competes Buzz in the led riding pony classes, Arabian led and ridden classes at A&P shows, breed shows as well as North Island and National Champs.
Alexia and Buzz are a popular combination, and young Alexia always rides with a smile on her face.
When asked what her goals are for the next season, Alexia says that she would like to compete at the National Horse of the Year show in Hastings.