The latest brumby events, dozens of brumbies available for adoption, brumby news and recently released brumby books.
Australian Brumby Challenge
The final of the Australian Brumby Challenge is on at the Victorian Equestrian Centre in Upper Beaconsfield on the 1st and 2nd Feb 2014. Trainers have had 100 days to work with their brumbies in two sections – ridden and yearlings. Find out more on their website, including details on how to be approved to bid at the auction for one of these amazing horses at the end of the event. Also see their Facebook page.
- Fertility control using the drug PZP is being trialed in mares at Save The Brumbies’ New England Brumby Sanctuary near Armidale in NSW. Read the news report and listen to audio on the ABC website – “Fertility trial to stop brumbies horsing around“
- Members of the public are invited to participate in an online survey titled “Barmah National Park Wild Horse Social and Heritage Values” – read “Community research project seeks stories on Barmah horses”, view more information on the Parks Victoria website or go straight to the survey here.
- View progress of the Victorian Alps Wild Horse Management Plan on the Resources page of the Parks Victoria website. Includes submissions from the public and various interested organisations involved in animal welfare, brumbies, national park issues, conservation, research and horses.
Brumbies Available for Rehoming
(Note: Each organisation below has their own terms and conditions. Eg. some are for sale while others for adoption. Some are handled and/or trained while others are not. Some may be available immediately while others are looking for “expressions of interest”. Our focus here is on horses caught or conceived in the wild, however some orgs do also breed horses so please ask the organisation first if this factor is important to you. Listings retrieved 27th Jan 2014. Please check all details with the organisation/s to make sure information is up to date, and don’t forget there are more organisations listed on our Brumbies page who may have brumbies available in future.)
Coffin Bay Brumby Preservation Society Inc – 1 filly listed on website
South East Queensland Brumby Association Inc – Pearl is an 8/9yo mare and they also have a mare named Grace with a colt foal Bo born Nov 2013. Please read full details on their site.
Outback Heritage Horse Association of Western Australia Inc – Has a listing for two horses (from May 2013) a gelding named Digger trained under saddle and a halter trained filly named Merrivale Hazel. They also encourage interested people to contact them to join a waiting list for future horses. Find out more on their website.
The Australian Brumby Challenge final event on the 1st & 2nd of Feb includes an auction of VBA horses to pre-approved bidders – There are two sections, ridden brumbies and yearlings. Find out about the horses at their website here and about the auction and approval process here.
New South Wales
Hunter Valley Brumby Association Inc – Two brumbies listed on their website, HVBA Pallano a 3yo gelding and HVBA Bravo a 4yo gelding.
Guy Fawkes Heritage Horse Association Inc – Four horses listed on their website, but also receive new horses on a regular basis. (Update: Some horses may have been sold from their Australia Day open day)
Some books released recently:
- Brumby, A Celebration of Australia’s Wild Horses by Kathryn Massey and Mae Lee Sun, contains breath taking photographs and entertaining stories.
- Paruku The Desert Brumby by Jesse Blackadder, a fiction book inspired by a true story.
As always, see our “Brumbies” page for a directory of brumby organisations and news updates.