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Clay Baird

From Mt Beauty, Victoria: Non-Professional Trainer


Clay Baird grew up on a horse in the Bogong High Plains. He runs multi-day packhorse expeditions into the remote areas of the Alpine National Park as part of a family business – Bogong Horseback Adventures.

Clay has watched the changing landscape of the wild horses for many years.

Clay spent over 15 years in the USA, packing Mules in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

His lifelong engagement with people and horses has taught him many life lessons which he applies to his horsemanship.



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VBA feathers


VBA Feathers is an approximately 14hh brown mare who was caught in 2017 as a Seven year old from the Bago State Forest in New South Wales. Feathers was caught with her family mob, including VBA Cherry who is also doing the McDowells herbal Australian Brumby Challenge and VBA Jill and VBA Camira, both of whose foals, VBA Bago and VBA Avena are in the Youth section of the McDowells Herbal Australian Brumby Challenge. Feathers was not in foal when she was captured, which is unusual for Brumby mares!


VBA Feathers trainer in the McDowells Australian Brumby Challenge is Clay Baird.