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October 16, 2021

Taming the brumbies and supporting the disabled

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Joe and a brumby. Photo supplied.

Riding for the Disabled, Ballina and District will be benefiting from the taming of the brumbies during a demonstration of the technique used by Joe Hughes to train and re-home Kosciusko brumbies with his unique training method called 4BP Horses.

Hughes is encouraging everyday people to train with him and he’s aiming to find homes for the horses from Australia’s only alpine country, Kosciusko National Park.

With horse numbers are estimated at 6,000 and endangered flora and fauna are on the brink of extinction – re-homing the brumbies is one approach to rehabilitating the park.

Brumbies in training. Photo supplied

Joe will be demonstrating his technique at Tassiriki Ranch Beach Riding, 249 Moylans Lane, Empire Vale starting at 8:30am on Thursday, 26 April. The demonstration will be a fundraiser for Riding for the Disabled, Ballina and District, and children under 16 years of age are free to attend.

‘Joe is bringing along his brumby Sarge who’s been dubbed “The Warhorse” after being part of a record setting event held on the Nullabor Plains during which over 60 brumbies were trained in six days,’ said Anna Rimac from Ballina and Districts Riding for the Disabled.

Currently Joe is winding up an Australian tour before leaving to work with mustangs in the US, his technique has proven to have an enormous benefit not only for the horses but for the people learning and successfully applying it to passively captured brumbies. Being a PTSD sufferer himself, Joe has taught hundreds of people, many challenged by poor mental health and often with little prior horsemanship experience. His vision is to expand his program and support disadvantaged youth, indigenous youth, and the disabled.

Go to https://www.facebook.com/RDABallinaDistrict/ for more details.

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