Miniature ponies and horses at the Robertson Show

Bargo's Kirsten Jones with Cranage Keeping Up Appearances (also known as Onslow). Photo: Claire Fenwicke

Bargo's Kirsten Jones with Cranage Keeping Up Appearances (also known as Onslow). Photo: Claire Fenwicke

Owners of smaller horses also have the chance to shine at the Robertson Show.

Miniature pony and horse classes are featured alongside the larger classes, and are a hit with those who like something smaller to enjoy.

Australian miniature ponies state delegate Lindy Cosgrove said she became involved with the breed after an accident left her unable to ride.

"My granddaughter had a miniature pony, which got me interested, and I've found it allows me to still be out here working with horses," she said.

"I started with one, and now I have 15 miniature ponies at home."

Miniature horses differ slightly to the ponies, and can be entered in leading, hacking and jumping classes - to name a few.

Australian miniature ponies state delegate Lindy Cosgrove with Bold As Brass Issabelle. Photo: Claire Fenwicke

Australian miniature ponies state delegate Lindy Cosgrove with Bold As Brass Issabelle. Photo: Claire Fenwicke

Bargo’s Kirsten Jones brought along her miniature horse for the Robertson Show.

"I've had horses since I was five, but since I saw the miniature horse class at the Sydney Royal Easter Show when I was 10, I've been hooked," she said.

"They are quite agile, and jump quite well, and all have their own personalities.

"It's lots of fun to lead them around, and fitness-wise it's great too."

Competitors dress in a suit and hat to follow the English tradition of the sport. It also shows respect to the judges.