Young Palmerston North rider crowned Equidays Top Talent winner


Megan Perrott of Palmerston North and her pony Marlie impressed the judges with their performance ‘You are my diamond’ to take out the title of Equidays Top Talent 2019.

Megan was one of five Top Talent finalists who received one-on-one training with well-known equine entertainer Dan Steers between August and the competition final held during the Saturday Nightshow of Equidays 2019.

The judges were impressed by the relationship between Megan and Marlie who performed brilliantly under the pressure of the lights, crowds and sounds within the NRM & McMillan indoor arena.

Seasoned equine entertainer and Equidays Top Talent judge Russell Higgins praised Megan’s performance on the night saying it was a pleasure to watch.

“For a horse the environment of a night show can be distracting at best and terrifying at worse making performing at liberty and bridle-less extremely difficult. There were over 2000 people in the room and Megan’s horse made it clear that Megan was the most important human to her, maintaining her connection and staying attentive to her,” said Higgins.

Megan and Marlie’s performance was labelled ‘You are my diamond’ and involved brideless work and on-the-ground liberty with their music choice and costumes making them shine bright as they performed.

Megan and Marlie have been together for eight years and their relationship has grown from strength to strength having been involved in horse camps, showjumping shows, overnight treks, ocean swims and lots of hang outs playing in the paddock.

Equidays Top Talent this year took on a different format with applications opening in June and six semi-finalists being chosen to receive one-on-one training with Australian equitainment extraordinaire Dan Steers. Five finalists were then chosen and performed in the sold-out Saturday Nightshow with the three judges in the crowd – Kelly Wilson, Warwick Schiller and Russell Higgins.