The Australian Brumby project Blog 2

The Australian Brumby project Blog 2

The Australian Brumby project Blog 2

I’d like to introduce you to some Heritage horses from Guy Fawkes Heritage Horse Association.

Whilst there is a great debate on whether wild horses should remain wild or domesticated, this project is not about that.

When I saw the on-ground culling plans from our government I could not sit back and do nothing – these horses deserve a better way to be managed.

The Australian Brumby Project was initiated for me to give back to the Horse; for me to personally thank those horses that have changed my life and taught me invaluable life lessons. With this in mind, one of the best ways I know how to contribute is through my passion for Equine photography, to show you what I see every day when I look through my lens.

Grace           Beauty           Majestic           Worthy

The Guy Fawkes Heritage Horse Association is dedicated to preserving the heritage value and characteristics of the horses found in the Guy Fawkes River National Park in NSW.

After the government aerial cull in 2000, the Association was formed in 2004 & worked alongside National Parks & Wildlife Service NSW to manage the number of horses in the area in a more humane way.

There was a trial of passive trapping, where the Association leased 300 acres to hold and assess the horses for suitability of rehoming.  This system is still in place today and other culling methods for the area have ceased.

Over the years there has been government debate over culling ALL horses within this area, and that lead some members of the Association to bred these horses with the intention to maintain the Heritage horse.

In this blog, you will meet both purpose-bred Heritage horses along with some Horses caught from the wild.

“It is with the hope that the government makes passive trapping a regular priority, not just a priority as numbers increase. This workable plan is an ongoing viable option to the management of horses” says Erica of the Guy Fawkes Heritage Horse Association.

The Australian Brumby Project by Equine Photography By Rachel Flynn

Having known Kathy of Manobier Park Heritage Horses for many years now, I remember when Kathy first spoke about purchasing her horses. I have followed their journey and watched her successfully train and educate her horses to competition level. I finally got to meet Kathy’s horses at Equitana in Melbourne in 2016 in the breed village and marveled at how happy they were, a credit to her hard work.

When I started this Brumby project, I knew where to start because Kathy is a perfect example of successful rehoming.

All three of Kathy’s horses, Southern Cross Spellbound, Southern Cross Pheonix, and Guy Fawkes Pandora are all multi-champions in the show ring and have also successfully competed in trail.

Recently, on a late Winter’s evening, I was lucky enough to meet the team again.

Joining our session with horses was Natasha and her daughter Rhubie, Dianne, and Bridget with her Bogong High Plains Brumby Dorothy.

The Australian Brumby Project by Equine Photography By Rachel Flynn
The Australian Brumby Project by Equine Photography By Rachel Flynn
Left: Southern Cross Pheonix Right: Natasha riding Manobier Poet (TB) & Rhubie riding Wirraway Park Jahi
The Australian Brumby Project by Equine Photography By Rachel Flynn

Poet was put into retirement due to injury however, whilst Natasha studied Equine Myotherapy she worked on him as a case study and rehabilitated him back to a riding horse.  He was used as a lead horse when training Jahi under saddle. He is now Natasha’s main riding horse whilst her daughter Rhubie rides Jahi.  She believes cross-training is very important in a young horse’s education and has found the Guy Fawkes horses as amazingly versatile mounts, and addictive as she now owns three!

“Jahi has done very well in the show ring as a youngster and really enjoys his bush trail rides with Poet” says Natasha.

 

The Australian Brumby Project by Equine Photography By Rachel Flynn
Wirraway Park Jahi playing in the wetlands of Manobier Park Heritage Horse property
The Australian Brumby Project by Equine Photography By Rachel Flynn
 Southern Cross Spellbound & Wirraway Park Jahi

“Over the last 6 years, we have rehabilitated an area of our property by developing a 3 pond wetlands with extensive native planting.  This project has attracted and enhanced wildlife especially the bird and frog populations.  I undertook this project as I am a wildlife carer and wanted to develop some pre-release acreage.  We are in a bushfire pron area and thus having tall grass is a fire danger.  I let my horses graze the area out to keep the fire load down.  The horses do not cause any damage to this area.  I have had cattle get into the area and damage the fragile area around the ponds.  Thus my personal experience leads me to believe that our brumbies are being blamed for damage done by cloved hooved animals such as pigs and deer as well as human damage such as 4WDs” say’s Kathy.

The Australian Brumby Project by Equine Photography By Rachel Flynn

Above: Dianne is leading Southerncross Spellbound who is purpose-bred from Heritage bloodlines.

The Australian Brumby Project by Equine Photography By Rachel Flynn

Guy Fawkes Pandora (pictured above) is a Brumby trapped and rehomed through the Guy Fawkes Heritage Horse Association.

The Australian Brumby Project by Equine Photography By Rachel Flynn

Southern Cross Pheonix is a purpose-bred Heritage Horse with the most incredible movement and Kathy aims to campaign her in the near future in Equestrian Victoria Pony dressage.

The Australian Brumby Project by Equine Photography By Rachel Flynn
Left: Bridget is riding Bogong High Plains Brumby Dorothy Right: Kathy riding Guy Fawkes Pandora
The Australian Brumby Project by Equine Photography By Rachel Flynn
Above: Rhubie with Wirraway Park Jahi
In my next blog, I visit wild Brumbies in their natural environment and have documented the conditions in which they live. You will be pleasantly surprised to see what I have captured!

A horse is poetry in motion

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The Australian Brumby project

The Australian Brumby project

The Australian Brumby project

I would like you to meet Dorothy.

Whilst there is a great debate on whether wild horses should remain wild or domesticated, this project isn’t about that.  It is to bring awareness to their beauty and adaptability and that they deserve a more humane way to be managed.

When I saw the on-ground culling plans from our government I could not sit back and do nothing – these horses deserve better.

With this in mind, this project was initiated for me to give back to the Horse. For me to personally thank those horses that have changed my life and taught me invaluable life lessons.

There have been many Brumbies over the years that have been captured and trained to be ridden; and this project is about some of those horses along with wild horses that live free. 

Whilst some domesticated wild horses have a ‘happy ending’ there are many who go through an extreme transformation to get there. Dorothy is no different – she was trapped by Parks Victoria as an 8-year-old heavily pregnant mare with a weanling colt at foot and foaled not long after capture.

She then made her way to the Victorian Brumby Association where she started a long and slow recovery process from a near-death experience.

Once she returned to full health, she was selected for the Australian Brumby challenge and trainer Mat van der Horst was selected to start her under saddle. On completion of this event, Mat chose for her to returned home with him.

Some time on Bridget Zimmerling was looking for her next mount when the opportunity came up for her to lease Dorothy. Bridget and Dorothy went on to train for many varying disciplines such as adult riders club, extreme cowboy challenges, trail riding, and liberty work.

Dorothy is a lovely mare who is very connected to Bridget, and I thoroughly enjoyed photographing them.

Bridget riding Dorothy with Kathy riding Guy Fawkes Pandora of Manobier Park Heritage Horses.
Bridget Zimmerling leading Dorothy and Natasha Morin leading Guy Fawkes Pandora of Manobier Park Heritage Horses.

“A horse’s eye is a window to their soul”

A horse is poetry in motion

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Farleigh Aramis sunrise beach photoshoot

Farleigh Aramis sunrise beach photoshoot

Farleigh Aramis sunrise beach photoshoot

It took some special people to join me at first light, before sunrise for a North Queensland Equine photoshoot on the beach.  Having a fond love for photographing on our Victorian horse friendly beaches, I was delighted to photograph on one of the iconic beaches that hug the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland.

Our model is Farleigh Aramis, a 5 year old, Australian Riding Pony, affectionately known as Butter at home.  He was bred by Farleigh Stud in Armidale NSW, where the ponies are famous for their temperament and quality.

Joëlle Verfürth of Speewah Equestrian Centre purchased Butter as a yearling and they have shown in-hand successfully, and it’s no wonder with his quality.  He will begin is show riding career in 2020 with their sights set on Royal Show level.

In my pre-planning consultation we decided that a beach session would allow us to create beautiful wall art for Joëlle’s home for her to treasure forever. Usually, I ask that the horse we photograph visits the beach prior to our session so we don’t have a fearful looking horse. As time wasn’t on our side prior to the session, we decided to allow him to get use to the early morning atmosphere without any pressure. And this gave me a wonderful opportunity to quietly capture their connection while Joëlle connected with her boy, reassuring him that he is in a safe place as he visits the beach for the first time. We were thrilled at how much he loved the water as this really helped me photograph his personality and create lovely action photographs whilst he was on a lunge line.
One of the reasons I love sunrise photography is the light.  From first light to sunrise there can be beautiful intense colours rapidly changing.  As a photographer, this allows me to capture something special and unique.  I love how light falls on the horse and shapes him to bring him to life.  Crisp early mornings can liven a horse and enhance their striking movement, making them more showy in front of my camera.  

On this gorgeous Queensland morning it was a balmy 24 degrees – very different from our Victorian weather where in October as a storm rolls in, it brings snow to our peaks.  Butter has a playful personality, and his new found love of the water brought out his playfulness.  At home, Butter has a high play drive. He loves to play with yoga balls and he loves to chase other horses with a lunge whip in his mouth, says Joëlle.   

“Just magic, you really have captured his natural beauty so well!  I am over the moon with these photos and with my horse.  Highly recommend photos with Equine Photography By Rachel Flynn, It was such a fun, relaxed and personalised experience.”  Joëlle Verfürth, QLD.

Would you like unique Equine wall art of YOUR  horse?

Rachel is returning to Far North Queensland in June 2020

Together we will create beautiful memories for you to treasure forever of your beloved best friend.

Rachel’s photography extends from incredible scenic images, stunning equine portraits,
creatively directed images and equine event photography.

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Far North Queensland

6th, 7th, 8th June 2020

Wonga Beach, near Port Douglas

Equine portrait beach sessions
Sunrise & Sunset

Speewah Equestrian Centre

Black background portraits

Redlynch Trail, near Cairns

Offering Equine Portraiture and Equine Partnership sessions

Seaspray beach Victoria

7th Dec 2019 

Seaspray beach Victoria

18th Jan 2020 

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My Promise to Cindy

My Promise to Cindy

My Promise to Cindy

Recently I had the opportunity to be part of a very special photoshoot at Cindy’s Promise – Rescue & Rehab with Twister.

Due to a condition called wry mouth, (where his upper jaw and nasal structure are abnormally formed) Twister was sent to the market at a very young age with a bleak future.

His luck changed when Cindy found him and he joined her rescue horses on her gorgeous property in Whittlesea.

Cindy’s passion is to help animals who are rejected because of old age, injury and sickness and at her rehab horses are plentiful.

When I arrived at the property I was greeted with a gorgeous driveway lined with trees and fencing any equine enthusiast would envy.

It wasn’t long before I met the first group of horses, all enjoying Cindy’s presence.  Curious to meet me too, Twister greeted me and instantly stole my heart. A big, kind boy with the most gorgeous eyes that anybody could love.  It was very clear from the happiness of the horses and their health that they hit the jackpot coming to Cindy’s rescue property.

Twister’s story has turned him into a celebrity and gained him front cover position on the Gippsland Horse Expo magazine.

The Gippsland Horse Expo is shaping up to be an incredible event with many stall holders in various equine disciplines and is held on Saturday 12th October from 10am – 4pm.  

Find out more about this fabulous event at www.gippslandhorseexpo.com

You’ll find a full article about Cindy’s Promise and Twister plus much more to help you plan ahead for the event in this fabulous magazine. Click here to PRE-PURCHASE your copy today!

If you choose to support one cause in any way, I highly recommend Cindy’s Promise – Rescue & Rehab.  Her love and passion for what she does shines through and I was impressed with her centre’s organised operation. There are many physical as well as financial responsibilities to provide ongoing care, feed, specialists feed for emaciated horses, medical supplies and veterinary expenses, to name a few. 

Would you give up one cup of coffee this week to donate $5?

You will be supporting this worthy cause and helping Cindy to continue working her magic with horses in need.  Click here if you can help.

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The Horses and the Parachute Dress

The Horses and the Parachute Dress

The Horses and the Parachute Dress

A plan was hatched to shoot the impressive twelve foot long Parachute dress with our gorgeous iconic Australian landscape.  A lot of planning on desensitising the horses in preparation for the dress took place months ahead of the photoshoot date.  It’s one thing to lay a scary object over a horse and ask them to be okay with it, but to ask them to canter or gallop with such a long and easily wind-swept dress was another expectation.  We had to ensure the horses would halt when asked no matter how the dress settled around their legs. They did exceptionally well given the circumstances and we were able to test the dress in different landscapes.

Our model was Brooke Verwey-Mitchell and she rode her drum stallion Rumneyhill Shokora (of Queensferry Park Drum horses) and my palomino partbred Gypsy Cob mare, Golden Lilly (of Pioneer Park Gypsy Cobs).

Brooke is one our Winners of the VIP Monthly Photoshoot Draw.

The dress was rented from Tatiana Coffman of Coffman Couture, U.S. 

Collegiate Bridles were generously donated by Horseland Narre Warren.

“Amazing opportunity to be apart of these photo shoots with Rachel Flynn on my incredible Drum stallion. We had so much fun and Rachel captured so many sensational photos 😍 highly recommend photographer!” Brooke Verwey-Mitchell.

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