A former Winnipeg news reporter continues to draw eyes in the equestrian world with her stellar wins.
Trina Maus, formerly of Global Winnipeg and now /A\ News Muskoka bureau chief, took a newly-acquired big chestnut mare to compete this past weekend in Orillia, Ontario. Mia Amore, a thoroughbred race horse who was pulled off the track in November, won in every class and was champion in both the Hack and Green Hunter divisions.
Mia Amore was trained to race at an early age — just two-years-old — but unfortunately suffered a career-ending injury before her first race. She was retired from racing, but her owners kept her to breed only until recently.
“I thought she had lots of potential in the hunter ring,” Maus said. “She has had two foals, but because of the down turn in the market, the farm she was at decided to downsize and started selling off most of their mares.”
Maus purchased the horse at an auction at Woodbine Race Track in Toronto. “I was actually there to buy another horse, but as soon as Mia Amore walked in the ring I knew I had to have her instead.” Fortunately, the time off as a broodmare allowed the mare’s injuries to heal properly, dissolving any previous issues.
While chestnut mares have a reputation for being difficult, Maus says Mia Amore is the exception.
“She has such a sweet personality, which is rare for a red head,” Maus added.
Mia Amore has plans to be shown at bigger shows this summer, while Maus’ other horse, Lasting Freedom, a former race horse from Winnipeg, continues to enjoy a well-deserved vacation. His first show will be at the end of April, where he’ll be competing in jumpers.
A former Winnipeg horse and his news reporter trainer are making strides and turning heads in jumping circuits throughout Ontario.
Global Winnipeg reporter-turned-/A\ News Muskoka bureau chief Trina Maus and her horse, Lasting Freedom aka Lou, are picking up ribbons left and right in jumper competitions.
Lou is a 17hh five-year-old grey thoroughbred gelding, who before retiring from his last race at Assiniboia Downs last year, won numerous races in the United States. His accomplishments early on at the age of three attracted the attention of a Saskatchewan trainer who worked out of Assiniboia. Placing second in a photo finish at the Downs on September 20, 2009 was the end of Lou’s racing career, but the beginning of many great things to come as a show jumper after being given two months off.
“Right away I knew he was special,” Maus says of Lou. “Unlike most race horses, he has this calm relaxed attitude in the barn. Not to mention he is gorgeous.”
“The first time I sat on him I could feel how athletic he was. That became evident when we stated jumping him. He will jump everything I put in front of him — he has never been scared.”
Maus says Lou’s confident attitude has translated into the show ring.
Two months earlier than his owner would have done with any other ex-race horses, Lou competed in his first horse show on the schooling show circuit on April 18. It turned out to be a wise move, as he was the champion Green Hunter and won two firsts and a second.
In May, Lou was moved up to the .85 meter jumpers and put in the Trillium circuit, where he placed in every class against 26 other riders and finished Reserve champion in the division.
All of these accomplishments wouldn’t be possible without the expertise of Lou’s owner, Trina, who won the 1991 Canadian Title and has three Ontario championships and over 40 regional championships to her name.
“I have been riding since I could walk and started competing at seven-years-old,” Maus says, whose talent is taking ex-race horses and re-training them for the jumper ring.
In late May, Lou went toe-to-toe with 30 other horses in the .85 meter division, where he was .85 Reserve champion and 1 meter Reserve champion.
After a well-deserved break in the spring, Lou returned in July, where he once again proved to be on top of his game by becoming a Green Hunter champion. Following that win, Lou was Reserve Low Jumper champion in August, and Reserve Hunter champion and Low Jumper champion earlier this month.
Only competing in four of the nine shows in the schooling show series, Lou still managed to finish third overall for Green Hunter and third for Low Jumpers. That is simply unheard of in the horse world, according to Lou’s trainer.
There’s a bright future ahead for this champion thoroughbred, who will be moved up to the A Circuit next year and will compete in the 1.15 meter jumpers. “I have never in my 25 years of showing had a horse in his second year of showing be able to compete at that level,” Maus says. “I have no doubt he could jump at the Grand Prix height. This is one of those horses who only come along once in a life time.”
The road ahead for both Lou and his trainer is a promising one, especially considering Lou is the first horse Maus picked up since taking 10 years off to focus on her television career.
“Not a bad debut year for both of us.”
Trina Maus was a reporter and anchor for Global Winnipeg for a year before leaving last October to assume the role of /A\ News bureau chief for their Muskoka branch.
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The staff at Global TV Winnipeg must be getting used to the goodbyes by now, because another member of their family is leaving the station.
Reporter and anchor Trina Maus has accepted a position at /A\ in Muskoka, Ontario as their Bureau Chief. Trina is quite familiar with working at CTV-owned outlets — before coming to Winnipeg she was at CKCO in Kitchener and /A\ Victoria. She also earned her education in Ontario and has family in the province.
But going to where the future of her career is a little more stable given the financial state of Canwest Global Communications doesn’t come easy. “It is very hard to leave Winnipeg,” Trina said in an e-mail Tuesday night. “I really enjoy my job and working with Eva Kovacs. She is an absolute pleasure and has an instinct for what the viewer wants.”
Trina will start her new and exciting position in mid-November and will wrap up her Winnipeg duties by the end of October or early next month.
Winnipeg media tried their best on Thursday to stay on a mechanical bull at the Manitoba Stampede. It was all part of the 2009 Media Bull Riding Challenge in Morris.
Despite the competition, Global TV reporter Trina Maus was victorious in securing first place. She may have had an advantage though, coming from a farming background and having been on horses since she was only 18 months.
Citytv’s Jenna Khan came in second and Kimberley Dawn from QX104 FM captured third place.