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VBA Kai and VBA Magnus on the way home with Blair Ireland and Pauly Daniel.

VBA Kai and VBA Magnus on the way home with Blair Ireland and Pauly Daniel.

Blair Ireland and VBA Kai

Blair Ireland and VBA Kai

2016 Australian Brumby Challenge - From WILD to WONDERFUL

The countdown is on to the 2016 Australian Brumby Challenge to be held at Equitana Australia at the Melbourne Showgrounds from the 17th - 20th November.

Blair, along with 17 other professional and non professional trainers will each take a totally unhandled or trained Brumby that has been caught from the wild in Victoria and New South Wales Alpine regions, using humane methods, as part of an ongoing National Park Management program.

Each trainer has 150 days to gentle and start his or her Brumby, and at the end of this time will present the Brumby at Equitana 2016 in several classes designed to showcase the trainability and versatility of this wonderful breed.

The will culminate with a final freestyle class where each trainer will be able to show his or her Brumby's particular skills, prior to them being auctioned to approved and registered bidders.

We will begin a blog that will be shared online on Blair's website and on Facebook for everyone to follow along with. These will also be shared on the Australian Brumby Challenge Facebook page.

Be sure to check out the Australian Brumby Challenge website to register as a bidder to be in the chance to take one of these amazing Brumbys home. Visit the Equitana page for information on tickets and of course, please check out Blair's website and Facebook pages as we invite you all to follow us online to stay up to date with what will be an amazing journey as these Brumbys are taken from Wild to Wonderful!

Brumbies will be picked up by trainers on the 18th June - so stay tuned for the first update when Blair gets to find out who his partner for the next few months will be!

Make sure you check us out on facebook including VBA Kai's very own page!


Imperiously he leaps, he neighs, he bounds, His ears up-prick'd; his braided hanging mane Upon his compass'd crest now stand on end; His nostrils drink the air, and forth again, As from a furnace, vapours doth he send: His eye, which scornfully glisters like fire, Shows his hot courage and his high desire. Sometime he trots, as if he told the steps, With gentle majesty and modest pride; Anon he rears upright, curvets and leaps, As who should say 'Lo, thus my strength is tried.”

— William Shakespeare - Venus and Adonis

Blair Ireland and VBA Kai contemplating each other!

Blair Ireland and VBA Kai contemplating each other!