Australian Brumby Challenge ©
Yani (which means Peace) is a mature, bay mare who was caught whilst pregnant from the Long Plain region of the Kosciuszko National Park in NSW in winter, 2014. Yani foaled down with VBA Monty at our Brumby Junction sanctuary and was sponsored by Deb Collins whilst she lived with her herd here. Yanis foal was weaned and Yani returned to one of our larger paddocks to build up her strength and continue to get used to life on a farm. Yanis trainer in the Australian Brumby Challenge is Brendan Antone.
Brendan rode bulls professionally for 18 years and then became interested in training and racing Thoroughbreds, starting horses for a large syndicate, including Group 1 winner Arapaho Miss. Brendan also trained his own Thoroughbred for 4 wins on the track and have now competed him in eventing, showjumping and dressage for the past four years. He have been starting and re-educating horses for about 30 years.
Brendan’s philosophy on horse training and handling horses in general is to develop their spirit, not break it; to work with the horse so the horse gives its best willingly.Brendan is looking forward to showcasing the Australian Brumby in a way that will help change people’s perception from a Brumby being a ‘wild animal’ to that of a friendly, versatile horse that would suit anyone and any discipline chosen.