50th Large Animal Rescue workshop


A great group of people – new faces and familiar faces – joined me at the milestone 50th Queensland Horse Council Large Animal Rescue workshop at Burpengary on Saturday the 23rd of September 2017.

Sonja Wyeth came for a refresher after attending the very first workshop just down the road at Caboolture five years and two weeks before. Also there for a refresher were father and daughter, Malcolm and Portia Warman. Congratulations to Portia who has become the go-to person for Large Animal Rescue advice when horses become trapped in her area. This is what it’s all about.

Six enthusiastic volunteers from Closeburn Rural Fire Brigade joined a representative from Gatton Police and a South African vet nurse whose Large Animal Rescue experience includes elephants and other endangered exotics.

Participants had plenty of questions for Nicole Graham who described how her and Astro’s traumatic rescue from Avalon Beach as the tide came in affected not only her but her 7-year-old daughter Paris (deeply in both their cases) and Astro (hardly at all).

My thanks to workshop organiser Kaye Gunston and her team from Northern Districts Hack and Dressage Inc. whose tireless efforts attracted a diverse group of participants and ensured a day that flowed smoothly. Without selfless, hard working people such as Gaye, these workshops would not be the tremendous success they are and I am grateful to every one of you. Thank you.

The next QHC Large Animal Rescue workshop is at Maitland in NSW on Saturday the 11th of November, and the final workshop for 2017 will be at Launceston in Tasmania on Sunday the 10th of December.

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