The first 'Australian Brumby Challenge'!


Tammy and Trooper

Tanya and Jindi

The 'Australian Brumby Challenge' is an exciting new event for Australian horse trainers and horse lovers alike. Launching in 2013 by the Victorian Brumby Association, this spectacular event will showcase the amazing versatility of our Heritage Brumbies as well a wide range of Australian professional and non-professional trainers. Passively trapped Brumbies will be trained by the competitors over 100 days in two sections- Brumbies aged approximately four years or older to be trained under saddle and yearling Brumbies to be trained in hand and on the ground only. The Challenge will begin in October 2013, all selected trainers will attend a compulsory induction day and will be required to pick up their Brumby from the Victorian Brumby Association in Beaufort, on the 26th (Ridden section) and 27th (Yearling Section) of October 2013. Trainers will then have 100 days to train their Brumby and will then present at the final competition weekend on the 1st and 2nd of February 2014, at the Victorian Equestrian Centre in Upper Beaconsfield. 

All trainers will demonstrate a range of compulsory manoeuvers on the ground, with the ridden challenge participants also showing their Brumbies skills under saddle. Finalists will also give a freestyle display to music which allows them to showcase their Brumbies particular talents. All elements will be judged by a panel of judges.

Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, we have a fantastic range of cash and product prizes for the Yearling and Ridden sections as well as special prizes for the highest ranked Bitless rider.

After the awards ceremony on Sunday the 2nd of February 2014, all Brumbies will be auctioned to registered and approved bidders, allowing the general public the opportunity to purchase one of these quality links to our heritage – an Australian Brumby! If you are interested in registering as a bidder please download and submit the registration form from the Auction Registration page. 

This is the first event of its kind in Australia and we anticipate that all members of the equestrian and general community will find it educational, inspirational and heartwarming.

If you are interested in sponsoring this exciting event, please visit our sponsors page to see how you can help the Australian Brumby Challenge bring Brumbies out of the background and secure their future!

Once the competition is underway you will be able to follow the progress of individual Brumbies and the trainers on this website, our YouTube channel and Facebook page, which you can access via the buttons below! Trainers will provide weekly written, photographic and video updates, allowing you to really get to know the Brumbies throughout the 100 days!