Head along to the Guy Fawkes Heritage Horse Association's annual open day on January 26 at Ebor.
Head along to the Guy Fawkes Heritage Horse Association's annual open day on January 26 at Ebor. Contributed

Horse around this Australia Day

INTERESTED in doing something a little bit different this Australia Day?

The Guy Fawkes Heritage Horse Association is holding their annual open day on January 26 at Ebor.

The GFHHA is a group of volunteers who help the National Parks and Wildlife Service trap and passively remove wild horses from the Guy Fawkes National Park, which are then retrained and sold.

These horses, called heritage horses, are direct descendants of the horses used in the Light Horse Brigade in World War One.

Erica Jessup, of the GFHHA, said the open day was a great opportunity to learn more.

"We have just had some new horses come in that have been captured recently," she said.

"We have been doing these open days for nine years now, and it's a really good day out."

All the horses on display and for sale will be formerly wild horses from Guy Fawkes National Park that have been captured by the association and tamed.

Guests will learn about the trapping program, which is a new method that passively traps the horses.

There will also be a horse handling display using captured horses.

"We had a handler from Bendigo last year, so this year should be even better," Erica said.

The association is made entirely of volunteers and is not for profit.

All money raised will go towards the cost of the capture program and rehoming the horses.

Entry is $5 for adults, and children under 12 are free. Gates open at 9.30am at 1378 Guyra Rd Ebor.

A kitchen featuring baked goods, a bush lunch and cold drinks will be available.

To find out more or make a booking phone Erica Jessup on 6657 5342.



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