Aussie duo win world horse title

Maryborough’s Guy McLean won an international competition in Tennessee during the weekend. He will now tour America.
Maryborough’s Guy McLean won an international competition in Tennessee during the weekend. He will now tour America. Megan Pope

SUSAN River horse trainer Guy McLean has beaten some of the world's best horse trainers to win the Colt Handling World Championships in Tennessee over the weekend.

He was one half of the Australian team which competed over three days at the Road to the Horse event.

The competition required the three teams, from Australia, America and Canada, to train young horses they had never met before to complete skills tests and obstacle courses.

Hundreds of fans congratulated Guy and his team mate Dan James on Facebook as he also celebrated his birthday during the competition.

The prize included $10,000 and custom-made Martin saddles.

Guy also bought the colt he worked on during the competition and has nicknamed it Aussie.

This year was the first time the event was held with teams of international competitors and the Australian team managed to beat famous American horse trainer Pat Parelli.

Guy's Fraser Coast-based family and friends gathered at the Susan River homestead to watch the event while his father Norm McLean flew to America to support his son. Guy was unavailable for comment yesterday but thanked his fans for their support on his Facebook page.

"It's a very big deal," Susan River homestead spokeswoman Angelia Willet said.

Topics:  colt handling world championship, guy mclean



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