The Cobram Courier
Pony club donates funds to brumby sanctuary
Members of the Cobram and District Pony Club visited the Barmah Brumby Sanctuary on February 19 to learn about the sanctuary and the volunteers’ efforts to rehome the brumbies.
The group visited the sanctuary for one of its twice-monthly rallies after some of the club members approached the committee to make the special visit.
The club also donated $200 towards the sanctuary to help with its running costs and rescue efforts.
Cobram and District Pony Club vice president Barb Clarke said the visit was designed to learn about the brumbies’ cultural significance and the sanctuary’s operations.
”We’d hear about the brumbies ... we wanted to get the true facts about what’s going on, so it’s good to see all the hard work that’s been going on there,“she said.
“It was just taking all the members out and just showing them what the sanctuary was all about.”
Ms Clarke said the club had heard about the work the group had been doing to preserve them in the face of recent culling efforts, including rescuing lost foals and rehoming trapped horses — and they are soon to receive another 100.
Rescued brumbies are said to be highly trainable and make good horses for riding and competing in a variety of events.
Some of the attendees have even put their names down to have a rehomed brumby in the future.
“Our club likes to help the
community groups, this is a group that’s trying to do good in the community,” Ms Clarke said.
“We donated $200 and if we could, it would’ve been more but because of COVID our fundraising has been down.”
She also said the club recommends a visit to the sanctuary to learn about brumby preservation efforts and the “amazing” work the volunteers are doing to rescue them.