G18305 – Grey Gelding, 1994. (Mash / Zareefa).

Breeder: Austin, Margaret & Katherine McMahon & Margaret Parker.
Owner: Katherine M. McMahon & Margaret C. Parker.

Over a career spanning 18 years Maverick’s versatility ranged from an impressive yearling colt, a commanding senior stallion, superior halter and performance gelding and finally to a relaxed and easy going leading rein mount and child handler horse.

In the halter phase of his life there was a high degree of personal satisfaction in breeding, training and showing Maverick to the pinnacle of his career. Having accomplished this and not being ready to retire him, a saddle career was the obvious next step. Although broken in as a 10 year old he was very successful in this field. As well as Australian Champion Gelding under Saddle Clint Bilson took Maverick to a further five performance Championships. He was the first purebred gelding to take out both the Australian Arabian National Championships Halter and Saddle titles. His lifetime tally stands at 7 Australian Championships and many Reserve titles. These covered a wide range of classes from halter and saddle, to costume and childs mount.

Michelle Young was next to benefit from his experience and together they enjoyed showing, adult riding and some dressage for around 3 years. Maverick knew the ropes and was happy to help Michelle learn them too. Maverick retired from the ring in 2013 after several seasons as a “kids pony” competing in Leading rein and handler classes with the then 6 year old Matthew Parker.

He has represented the Arabian breed at many, many expos and public displays including numerous appearances at Equitana where he was always a crowd favourite. His forte always has been the “meet and greet” aspect. He just loves to interact with people. More so if they are patting him or have a carrot. He also loved to do the costume display, putting on an exciting show for his audience.

Maverick is the fairy tale Arabian. He has always had that special “something” and that charisma that other people have admired. He has given us much happiness, immense pride and great satisfaction. We are all fortunate to be owned by him.

from Margaret Parker & Katherine McMahon, Kathmar Park