Buster musters big cluster of admirers

Lyn Chittock, of Roxburgh, pats her Clydesdale Buster at the Mt Benger A&P Show’s pet tent on...
Lyn Chittock, of Roxburgh, pats her Clydesdale Buster at the Mt Benger A&P Show’s pet tent on Saturday. At 12 years old and weighing three-quarters of a tonne, Buster got plenty of pats from visitors to the pet tent. Buster was very gentle, she said. PHOTO: YVONNE O’HARA
At three-quarters of a tonne with one blue eye and one brown one, size 9 shoes and a liking for hats, 12-year-old Clydesdale Buster was one of the more popular animals at the Mt Benger A&P Show’s pet tent on Saturday.

The horse belongs to Lyn Chittock, of Roxburgh. She and husband Clayton have a 81ha property, and Buster lives with another Clydesdale called Milly.

"He is very gentle and hard-working," Mrs Chittock said.

At 18.2 hands high (nearly 1.9m), he attracted plenty of attention and enjoyed pats and hay.

He also took took a fancy to one girl’s hat, which had artificial flowers on it.

He did not want to miss any opportunity to snack.

A member of the Southland Shafts and Wheels Club, Mrs Chittock has shown Buster at A&P shows throughout the region, although she did not do so at the Roxburgh event.

She and Buster will be heading to the Mayfield A&P Show in March.

Three other Clydesdales from the club were at the show, providing rides.

In addition to being shown, Buster also draws a four-wheeled cart, built just for him.

"We drive around Roxburgh and lots of people want to take photos," Mrs Chittock said.

He came from a ploughing team in Pukerau and she has had him for three years.

Mrs Chittock and Buster completed a Goldfields Cavalcade, with Mr Chittock providing support, two years ago and plan to do more.

yvonne.ohara@odt.co.nz

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