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Welcome our information page for Trainers who are interested in the 2020 McDowell's Australian Brumby Challenge. We are sure you will have a lot of questions and we hope this will answer many of them.
If you are wondering about the Brumbies who will be partnered with Trainers, have a look on our Brumbies page, which will give you a fair bit of information about them.
Trainers are required to pick up the Brumbies from the Victorian Brumby Associations
Brumby Junction Sanctuary in Glenlogie, near Beaufort at the commencement of the McDowell's Australian Brumby Challenge.
Brumbies will only be loaded into either fully enclosed stock crates or trucks with slide gates. This is a safety requirement, for both the Brumbies and the loaders and is not negotiable.
Stock trailers are easily sourced for rental from most towns and in the past we have even had trainers get together to transport 2 or 3 Brumbies together.
There is also an excellent transport company which transports completely unhandled horses all over Australia who we are happy to recommend.
We have been transporting wild Brumbies for many years and are very happy to answer any questions you may have about transporting the Brumbies to your property.
You will need appropriate facilities to house and train a completely wild Brumby.
Your yard for accommodating the Brumby will need to be of post and rail construction (portable panels are great for this!) and 6’ or 1.8m in height. The yard for initially accommodating the Brumby will need to be a minimum of 6m x 6m.
Keep in mind that the McDowell's Australian Brumby Challenge commences during winter, so you may want to have some sand or similar to prevent the surface from getting too muddy. Once you have done some basic training with the Brumby, they will be perfectly fine in standard farm fencing, which is what they are used to here at our Sanctuary.
Training Brumbies requires patience, consistency and empathy.
We have had trainers who have trained many unhandled horses and trainers who have never trained an unhandled horse undertake our Australian Brumby Challenge – all with great success.
Timing, feel and empathy are all more important than many years of experience!
Part of the application process does involve Trainers providing references to
support their background and capacity.
These could be from someone whose horse you have trained or from someone who knows you and sees you with horses regularly or even your own trainer.
Trainers are responsible for the day to day costs of feeding and caring for the Brumby
during the McDowell's Australian Brumby Challenge.
In the case of unexpected veterinary bills, we ask that trainers get in touch with us to discuss.
The Australian Brumby Challenge is proudly sponsored by McDowell's Herbal who
are incredibly knowledgeable about nutrition and very supportive of the Brumbies and Trainers.
We will also have other sponsors to be announced prior to the commencement of the McDowell's Australian Brumby Challenge.
Trainers are also able to source their own sponsorship so long as it doesn’t clash with existing event sponsors.
We are happy to answer any questions about sponsorship.
Applications for the Australian Brumby Challenge are now open and close on 29th February 2020.
We have a compulsory Trainer Induction Day for successful trainers at our Brumby Junction Sanctuary in Glenlogie, Victoria on the 18th of April.
The McDowell's Australian Brumby Challenge starts with pickup day at our Sanctuary on the 21st of June 2020.
The finals event is held at EQUITANA Melbourne from the 18th to the 22nd of November 2020.
Yes, you can apply if you live interstate!
We have had trainers from Queensland, South Australia, New South Wales and even New Zealand (yes, they took the Brumbies they were training home to New Zealand for the duration of the event, returning for the finals at EQUITANA!).
Obviously, we need to be bound by the Code of Transport in terms of how far horses can be transported each day, however, we have some great, wild horse safe stopover recommendations and are happy to talk more to Trainers with any questions.