NOOSA Beach is fast becoming a household name in the US – certainly around the Washington region anyway.
But it isn't the glistening white sand that has captured people's imaginations, it's a champion racehorse of the same name.
The five-year-old galloper was crowned the Washington Horse of the Year and Champion Older Male at the Washington Champions and annual awards banquet.
One of his owners, Doris Harwood, said she was inspired to name the horse after our holiday hot spot after a trip to Australia six years ago.
“I stayed with friends in Noosa, and I just fell in love with the town and its great shopping,” Mrs Harwood said.
“I had my friends drop me off on the strip for a day of wandering through all the shops. I love the name, I loved the shopping and I loved the beach.
“When I returned home I vowed to name a horse after my favourite spot in Australia ... Noosa Beach.”
He has been a state champion in each of his three seasons of racing.
The biggest win of his career was the 75th Longacres Mile Handicap Grade III race at the famed Emerald Downs thoroughbred race track in Washington last year.
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