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.
Whilst we do not know how our Finals Event will look, rest assured it will still take place, as will the auction to find our amazing Challenge Brumbies their forever homes.
The basic rules laid out below will still apply but obviously the venue, format of the event and transfer of the Brumbies from their trainer to their new home will not be finalised until much closer to the Finals Event.
Our wonderful trainers have the first option to keep the Brumby that they are training, however they must do this no later than 4 weeks prior to the Finals Event at Equitana.. Any Brumbies not being retained by their trainers (which is generally the majority) will be auctioned to approved bidders only at the completion of the Finals.
We will release the Bidders Information Sheet along with the Bidders Application form four weeks prior to the Finals of the McDowell's Australian Brumby Challenge.
Once you have your forms and have asked any questions you might have, send them back to us.
If your application is approved, a Bidding Number will be prepared for you so that you can bid at the Auction.
If you would like someone to bid on your behalf, please download, fill in and return the Proxy Bidder Form prior to the auction
We are always available at any stage of the process or afterwards to answer any questions, stay in touch etc!
Registration to bid closes at 5.30pm on Friday the 20th of November.
If you are successful, payment must be made on the day of the auction.
Please note that Brumbies can only go home with their trainers or with our committee members and you will have 2 weeks after the Finals Event to make a time to have your lesson with the trainer (COVID-19 allowing) and pick your Brumby up to take them home.
We will have a full Auction listing and further bidding information available four weeks prior to the Finals event.
In the meantime, once the Australian Brumby Challenge commences in June, you will be able to follow each Brumby's journey through this website, just by clicking on the Trainers link and reading through their weekly updates and photos.
You can also get in touch with many of the trainers – if their details are not listed, do get in touch with us and we can connect you.
If you have any questions at all about the application or bidding process or the Brumbies, please don’t hesitate to call or email us