ARARAT - Tasmanian showgrounds are a fair way from the familiar surroundings of the paddocks of Ararat but that didn't stop local stud Myscal Magnum being judged best in show at the Royal Hobart Show.
The four year old pony which has been noted for his handsome looks and beautiful manners won not one, but four show pony categories.
Owner Daniel Taylor said in taking out supreme champion lead part Welsh male, champion lead part Welsh male exhibit, champion lead riding pony stallion and reserve champion lead Arabian derivative the animal had become an amazing champion.
He said he knew Myscal Magnum was something special after he claimed the champion lead at the Geelong Royal Show when pitted against 37 other horses.
"I knew after that he was very special and going to Hobart we knew he would do well because he is one in a million," he said.
He qualified for the Royal Hobart Show after being unbeaten at all the local agricultural shows and across the Wimmera show circuit.
Mr Taylor said there were some tense times in the crossing from Victoria to Tasmania.
"We travelled over on the boat and he travelled well but there were a couple of times when I wanted to go down and check on him," he said.
Judges at the show cited the pony's lovely nature as among reason for its win and with temperament so important these days they noted that with the 'stand out' show pony look, the four year old pony stallion will be much sought after.
"He is a delight to prepare and show and when you stand in the ring you see he has the essence of a true show pony," Mr Taylor said.
Myscal Magnum is the resident sire at the stud in Ararat which breeds section A riding ponies and galloways and thoroughbred mares.
"He's my best mate - he has such a great temperament, one that is second to none and includes giving kisses before feeding," Mr Taylor said.
"We're just glad to have the opportunity to be able to carry that temperament on."
The four year old will now take a well earned break before commencing under saddle work in the winter ahead of the next show season in September.
Mr Taylor said being able to show and develop his best friend wouldn't be possible without continued support from family, friends and those at the stud.