Stroud's Donna Murray's mare wins supreme at Canberra Royal

Donna Murray with Kaluda Park Hugs and Kisses at the Canberra Show. Photo by Little More Grace Photography
Donna Murray with Kaluda Park Hugs and Kisses at the Canberra Show. Photo by Little More Grace Photography

Stroud's Donna Murray's mare wins supreme

Stroud's Donna Murray returned from the Royal Canberra Show with a stack of ribbons on her prized mare, Kaluda Park Hugs and Kisses, including Supreme Champion.

Donna headed down with to Exhibition Park with two horses in tow; Hugs and Kisses, and her half-brother Faith for the show which ran from February 22 to 24.

It's not the first time the mare has been the talk of a competition, having been crowned Supreme Champion Buckskin at the Sydney Royal Easter Show in 2018.

"I've been showing her for four years and she has won at least 50 supreme titles," Donna said.

"She's pretty exceptional."

Included in her long list of titles are several from the Gloucester Show, having been named Supreme Champion for the last three years.

At Canberra, in the Arabian derivatives category, Hugs and Kisses placed first in Mare - 4 years and over, as well as being named Champion Led.

In the Australian pony - part bred category, she won first in Mare or Filly-over 12.2 hands, was Champion led and Supreme Champion Led. When it came to Buckskin - Led, she won first in Mare - 4 years and over, and Champion Buckskin - Led Exhibit.

Lastly, when it came to the Welsh part-bred category, Hugs and Kisses placed first in Mare - 4 years and over - not exceeding 13 Hands.

For Donna, taking her horses to a show is all about the passion.

"It's like playing football. A hobby; an expensive hobby," she laughed.

"It gets in your blood.

"It's just what you do."

She explained how the show environment is a great community of people; a family, that you see every time you attend an event. 

"We call ourselves Felt Fairies," she laughed, referring to the material the winning ribbons are made out of. 

Donna has been living in Stroud for the past 17 years where she breeds Australian part-bred ponies, Welsh, Arabian riding ponies and buckskins.