The Australian Horse Industry

It’s amazing how many careers there are in the horse industry. For example:

  • ‘Horse wranglers’ who train and handle horses and riders for films. Such as Bill & Barb Willoughby, of Booleroo Centre SA, whose film & television jobs include McLeods Daughters, Rabbit Proof Fence, The Light Horsemen, Man from Snowy River and Breaker Morant.
  • Equine photographers who specialise in race winners or equestrian events, such as Julie Wilson of Warburton in Victoria. Julie Wilson specialises in horse shows and events such as show jumping, dressage and cross country, as well as specific breed events – and has travelled around the world photographing World Championships and Olympic equestrian events.
  • Horse breeders specialising in different fields, from flat racing to eventing horses – such as Equine Sports Breeding, run by owner & former Equitana Australia Director, Vanessa Hawkins.
  • Equine-specific veterinary & health care, including horse chiropractors and farriers
  • Feed & supplement manufacturers
  • Saddlery & equine equipment suppliers
  • Riding schools

And of course there are a myriad of horse-related organisations, from local pony clubs to sporting organisations such as polo and polocrosse clubs; and the massive Australian racing industry – from jockeys and trainers to owners, breeders and event sponsors.

With many thousands of Australians are involved with horses and the horse industry it’s not surprising that the largest horse event in the southern hemisphere is held in Australia – Equitana. Held every second year, the next Equitana Australia will be at the Melbourne Show Ground from 18th -21st November 2010. There will be many different horse breeds on show, a big range of equine events, clinics relating to horse handling and health and 10,000 square metres of exhibition space where anything to do with horses can be purchased. More than 55,000 people are expected to attend the 4-day event.

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