Australian Brumby Challenge

Australian Brumby Challenge ©

Welcome to the McDowells Australian Brumby Challenge!

Finals at EQITANA Melbourne at the Melbourne Showgrounds 15-18/11/2018:   

2014 Challenge Brumby VBA Milly (right) in her new home with the O'Brien family- the perfect kids pony!

Yes, at the completion of the Australian Brumby Challenge, all Brumbies will be auctioned on the final day of Equitana Melbourne 2018. Bidders must be approved and registered in order to be able to bid at this auction.

We want potential bidders to have some time to observe how the Brumbies are being trained prior to registering to bid, so applications for approval to bid will commence on Monday the 1st of August, the application form to become a registered bidder will be available here on this date.

If you have any questions, please feel free to speak to our team by emailing or calling Colleen on 0408 201 107.


The only event of its kind in Australia and now partnered with EQUITANA Melbourne 2018 to bring a bigger and better event!

The McDowell's Australian Brumby Challenge takes totally wild Brumbies, passively trapped as part of an ongoing management program, from the High Country of Victoria and Southern New South Wales. These tough survivors are partnered with professional and non professional horse trainers for 150 days. In the Ridden Challenge, Brumbies aged four and older are saddle trained. In the Youngster Challenge, yearling aged Brumbies are trained and presented in hand only, not to be started under saddle or sat on.

During the McDowell's Australian Brumby Challenge, you can follow the progress of each Brumby and their trainer through their weekly updates and photos, which will be posted on this website, our YouTube channel and Facebook page! You’ll come to understand each trainers philosophy and methods and get to know each Brumby as they make their way from wild to wonderful!

The finale of the McDowell's Australian Brumby Challenge will be held at EQUITANA Melbourne 2018. Over the four days of EQUITANA, you can come along, meet the Brumbies and their trainers and watch as the Brumbies are taken through their paces in several classes which are designed to showcase their trainers ability and the trainability and versatility of our Aussie Brumbies. Of special interest is the Freestyle class, held to music, where the trainer has free choice of how to present the Brumby they have trained – Western to English, Knights in Armour to Rockstars, this is a really fun class where you can see each Brumbies special talents!

Our Champions for 2018 will be announced after the Freestyle class and all Brumbies will then be auctioned to approved and registered bidders on the final day of EQUITANA – this is your chance to learn about and maybe even take home a special part of our Australian Heritage!We are very excited to be partnering with EQUITANA Melbourne to bring you the third Australian Brumby Challenge. Our last Challenge was equal parts thrilling, heart-warming and nail biting so we are looking forwards to making the 2018 McDowells Australian Brumby Challenge even more exciting.