Horse Rescue and Welfare at Equitana 2011 in Sydney

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Are you heading to Equitana in Sydney this year? It’ll be on from Thursday the 10th to Sunday the 13th of November. Here are some horse welfare and rescue exhibitions and demonstrations to look out for on Brumbies, Equine Emergency Rescue, Horse Welfare Law, Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds:

Hoofs 2010 Inc are a brumby welfare and rescue organisation from NSW. They will be taking along one of their rescued brumbies – Kosciuszko Roulette.


They will be located at Stand 312 in the Riverina Pavillion.

Education demonstrations

Thurs – 5:00pm in Riverina Demonstration Arena 2, Lynne Sutton presents “The Australian Icon, The Brumby”

Sat  – 9:45am in the John Deere Arena, Lynette Sutton presents “Brumbies: Raising Awareness”


Equine Emergency Rescue

It’s amazing the scrapes horses can get themselves into. Would you know how to rescue a horse from a dangerous situation? Find out more on the Equitana website, or the Equine Emergency Rescue website.


They will be located at Stand 107 in the Southee Pavillion

Education demonstrations

Special presentations of large animal rescue, starring “Bruce” the horse mannequin.

Thurs – 12:00 in the Southee Horse Health Arena, Anthony Hatch presents “Safe Equine Emergency Rescue”

Fri – 12:30 in the Regupol Stadium, Anthony Hatch presents “Equine Rescue

Sat – 5:45 in the John Deere Arena, Nina Arnott and Anthony Hatch present “Rider Safety and Equine Emergency Rescue

(If you can’t make it along, you can purchase this potentially lifesaving book here.)

Horse Welfare

Australian Horse Industry Council 

The Australian Horse Industry Council will be holding a “hot topics and issues forum” at Equitana. Topics for discussion include:

  • Hendra virus vaccine
  • The future of horse related research in Australia
  • The AHIC’s Australian Horse Welfare Protocol
  • Australian Animal Welfare Strategy

This will be taking place on Friday the 11th at 5:45pm in the Southee Room. (They are also holding their AGM beforehand from 4:30-5:30 next door to Equitana at the Novotel Olympic Park)

The format will be a powerpoint presentation on the issues, and there will be an opportunity to meet key personnel and discuss these or raise other issues with them that you feel are of importance. Visit the AHIC website for more information. 

Louise Nunn from North Melbourne Institute of TAFE

Louise Nunn is involved in education at the tertiary level, and one of her special areas of interest is property layout for equine welfare and behaviour.

Sat – 2:45 in the John Deere Arena, Louise Nunn presents “Management and Welfare of Horses

Thoroughbred Retraining

There will be a couple of presenters on topics of thoroughbred retraining:

Scott Brodie from the NSW Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Trust:

You can find out more about the NSW Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Trust on their website and Facebook page.

Thurs – 3.45pm in Riverina Demonstration Area 1, Scott Brodie presents “From Racehorse to Riding Horse – Groundwork

Sat – 1.45pm in Riverina Demonstation Area 1, Scott Brodie presents “From Racehorse to Riding Horse – Ridden

Catherine Shelley and Paralympian Jan Pike:

Catherine Shelly and Jan Pike are working together to re-educate a 7yo TB ex-racehorse named Pinky, and qualify for the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Read more about their story on the Equitana Facebook Page or in this article on Cyberhorse.

Thurs – 2:45pm in the Riverina Demonstration Area 1, Catherine Shelly and Jan Pike present “From racetrack to the Paralympics



The Combined Standardbreds Association of Australia will be at #22 in the Breed Village, and there will be an information stand at #284 in the Riverina Pavillion (with Ridley AgriProducts).

(The Combined Standardbred Association of Australia includes the state Standardbred Pleasure and Performance Horse Associations, Harness Racing Australia and Harness Racing NSW – read more on the SPPHA of NSW website here.)


Look out for Standardbreds from SPPHA of NSW who will be taking part in ridden demonstrations and the breed parade on Friday and Saturday.


** For more information click here to visit the Equitana website. There are heaps of other great demonstrations and exhibits, including veterinary issues, training, hoof care, saddle fit, etc, that also contribute to horse welfare. It’s sure to be a great couple of days for those lucky enough to be heading along 🙂 **

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