The Challenge Has Begun - Good Luck to Our Trainers and Their Brumbies
As many of our followers know we hold our Brumby Festival every year around October / November time and on Challenge years, many of our trainers use the event as a precursor to EQUITANA.
With COVID-19 we have made the decision to hold the Festival as an on-line event this year., details can be found <here>
As many of you probably already know, following this second wave of COVID-19 cases and the lock down in Melbourne, the tough but ultimately correct decision was made by EQUITANA Melbourne to cancel the event this year.
The McDowell’s Australian Brumby Challenge continues however with full support from our amazing sponsor McDowell’s Herbal and EQUITANA Melbourne, who like us, are passionate about an event which shows that kindness and empathy bring results and shows how very trainable and amazing Brumbies are.
Increasingly, Brumbies in the wild in Australia are at risk. In many parts of the media and even sometimes from those that you would think are ‘pro Brumby’, adult Brumbies are written off as ‘too old’, ‘untrainable’ and just ‘not worth it’. Each time we call for trainers, we encounter those who think that anything over 4 years old is ‘rubbish’. We think that that says more about those trainers than the Brumbies.
Do we know what our finals event will look like? Nope.
Are we planning and counter planning to ensure that you will see the finals in some format? Yes!
Do we have 14 amazing Brumbies undertaking this incredible journey? Yes.
Have we been blown away by the positive and dedicated attitude of our skilled trainers? Definitely!
Will we have Brumbies from the ABC looking for their forever homes after the finals? Yes!
So, hang on, Brumby folk, and enjoy the ride, as we take these Brumbies from Wild to Wonderful between now and November!
WELCOME TO THE MCDOWELL'S AUSTRALIAN BRUMBY CHALLENGE 2020!
Commencing with Brumby pick up on Sunday 21st of June 2020.
Finals to be held at EQUITANA Melbourne, 19th to the 22nd November 2020.
The only event of its kind in Australia, partnered with McDowell's Herbals and EQUITANA Melbourne 2020 to bring a bigger and better event!
The McDowell's Australian Brumby Challenge takes totally wild Brumbies, passively trapped as part of an ongoing management program, from the High Country of Victoria and Southern New
South Wales. These tough survivors are partnered with professional and non professional horse trainers for 150 days. In the Ridden Challenge, Brumbies aged four and older are saddle trained.
Our Champions for 2020 will be announced after the Freestyle class and all Brumbies who are not being retained by their trainers will then be auctioned to approved and registered bidders on the final day of EQUITANA – this is your chance to learn about and maybe even take home a special part of our Australian Heritage!
With the ever changing conditions around COVID and the cancellation of EQUITANA Melbourne this year we are investigating alternatives for the finals and will update everyone nearer the time.