Walers Around the Country:
Outback to Arena sponsor, Saddler Glen Gardiner: HERE for more information:
Only one came back:
Just one horse out of approximately 130,000 sent away to the First World War returned to Australia. According to Professor Ernest Scott, author of the volume of the official history dealing with the Australian home front, the sole exception was said to have been “the charger of General Bridges”, a horse known as Sandy.
Outback To Arena:
The WHSA committee are excited to announce the arrival of geldings, Clayton “Blue” (Pandie Proud × Clayton Tara) and Clayton “Ken” ( Pandie Proud x Clayton Little Barbie). These two horses are a generous donation from Clayton Station to the WHSA, which was instigated in 2014 and was initially for 3 horses: the committee settled on 2 horses given training and time constraints. They are now in the capable hands of Waler Horse Society President, Jason Hunter. Jason and his family are of Rosehaven Walers in Victoria. Jason is a very experienced horseman, representing the WHSA in various outings, in Lighthorse uniform on his current mount, Clayton Diesel.
Jason and his family made the 3600klm round trip to Clayton Station to help run in and choose the horses, educating them at minimum to a point where they would float and lead, then bring them back. They have committed their time, effort and energy to educate and prepare these 2 geldings for Equitana 2016, for their presentation as “Outback to Arena”.
Their stable names above are listed with the stud prefix, however, their formal names are yet to be fully determined, and we will be giving people the opportunity to name them in the near future. Keep an eye out on social media for the Facebook page “Outback to Arena” to follow their progress.
The special nature of these two stunning horses, means that their presentation at Equitana will be a promotional feature for the WHSA: they will be available for sale after Equitana, however a tender process will be employed. This is to ensure that only the best of homes will be the outcome for the horses. The sale of the horses and the finances they will bring into the Society will be dedicated to furthering show sponsorship, promoting the Waler horse, and also be used to fund some future projects to look out for, that are currently in the pipeline.
The early stages of education of “Ken” and “Blue” is progressing well and we will be looking forward to seeing them “unveiled” at Equitana. Ken is 15.1hh and a traditional skewbald (commonly known as pinto in todays’ language), and Blue is 16hh and a blue roan. Both were chosen for their standout colour and conformation, to show the versatility of Walers. There are some photos of them on the left in the small Gallery and to keep up and follow their progress on Social Media, here’s the link: