It's hard to believe that almost 250 days have passed since four wild brumbies from Mount Kosciuszko met their trainers.
Their progress has been quite remarkable and this Friday, Saturday and Sunday they will put their skills on show in the first part of the final of the Brumby 250 Tournament - the Working Equitation Down Under Nationals at Stroud.
Four trainers and four brumbies have taken part in the tournament, which is the first of its kind in NSW and very similar to a mustang training program in America.
It raises questions about whether brumbies should be culled - like the Singleton herd was in December, because with a bit of work they can become the perfect pet.
Jane Tudor, who has worked with Hope, said there was no doubt wild brumbies could enjoy a domestic life and hold their own against other horses.
Hope has already won ribbons at local shows and in dressage competitions. Ms Tudor is so wrapped with the four-year-old that she is going to keep her once the tournament finishes later this month.
"They were never a choice that I would think of for myself or my children to use, it wasn't something I'd considered. But having done what I've done with Hope, and seen what the other brumbies have done as well, I'd certainly recommend them," Ms Tudor said.
"They are certainly as good as any domestically bred horse."
When they met at Stroud in August it wasn't clear how their partnership would evolve.
"She accepted what was happening fairly quickly and everything I've tried to teach her she has accepted willingly. I haven't had anything that I haven't been able to work through with her."
She was quite scared, she would pull away when you approached her. She made a dramatic improvement at the start; in the beginning she was petrified and wouldn't let me touch her and after three days of working with her I took her home and could walk up to her in the paddock and catch her,Ms Tudor said.
Ms Tudor introduced Hope to her usual equine routines and she thrived, especially at a working equitation competition where she was up against horses that had a long riding history.
"She has had to work out this domestic life and also become a ridden horse and do all the things associated with that as well. With her age and the amount of training she has received she is certainly showing potential," she said.
"I compete with my own horses and my children do pony club so part of my view was to slot her into our horse life and to become one of my horses that I would do anything on that I chose to do. She's been to pony club with my kids and to competitions with me and she has handled it well."
Hunter Valley Brumby Association president Kath Massey said trainers from the Hunter Valley, Central Coast and Sydney jumped at the chance to be involved.
The trainers will finish the tournament at Stroud Show on April 26 and 27 where they will compete in brumby classes and participate in the freestyle competition where they will showcase what the horses have learnt.
To ask people to take care of and train a wild horse for 250 days is massive ask, especially in such a devastating drought, but everyone jumped at the opportunity. We have just been astounded with what the trainers and the Brumbies have achieved in such a short time.