Between 13 and 14, Tui was put to the test starting his first wild stallion solo. It would become an experience of a life time and the beginning of a journey down a pathway Tui chose to follow into the future ahead. "Having gained a lot of that knowledge and experience through observation predominately, as well as being hands on, allowed myself to pick up on the timing and feel needed around wild horses from such a young age learning how to gain their trust through communication and understanding. This took a few years to develop and master my confidence with a numbers of horses in the hundreds if not thousands", says Tui.
Competing on a national stage in the prestigious colt starting challenge at Equitana “The way of the horse” in Auckland, 2017, was the first time Tui was exposed in front of a live audience against some of the best horseman and horsewoman in New Zealand and Australia. The success he gained being crowned the champion of this prestigious event allowed an international opportunity to compete at “The way of the horse” Melbourne Equitana 2018, where he was up against 3 of the best horseman and educators in Australia: Ken Faulkner, Adam Sutton and Bruce O’Dell.