You may have seen Vicki Lawler with her Shetland ponies, Anzac and Digger around the coast recently
With travel restrictions lifting there’s no better way to enjoy a sunny day out than with the family in Tin Can Bay.
When the opportunity arose, Vicki Lawler took no time in loading up her two beloved Shetland ponies, Anzac and Digger into the float and heading to the bay for a day out.
“Our Neerdie home is a little too hilly as it’s ten acres straight up and the boys wanted to go for a walk,” Vicki explained.
Harnessed up to a proportionally sized sulky, the pint-sized ponies were lapping up the coastal sunshine with Anzac leading the way.
Shetland ponies were originally bred in the Shetland Isles and were sometimes referred to as pit ponies, as they were used in mining to cart coal to the surface. Their sturdy build, compact size and intelligence make them perfect for carting work and also the show ring.
“Anzac is 17 years old and enjoying retirement from the country show circuit” Vicki said. “He always came home with a ribbon.”
Digger came up from Victoria two years ago and has since joined Anzac on long-distance journeys of up to ten days in various parts of the country.
Vicki has a long local connection previously leasing the Bungawatta Station (the Bungawatta hut was shifted to Tin Can Bay before it’s move to Gympie in 1997) and now makes horse rope gear and leather carving under her business Bungawatta Rope.
If you ever see Vicki and the boys ‘sulking’ around the Cooloola Coast stop and say hello and have a chat.