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HERO horses at Seymour

By Geoff Adams

Horses are the heroes at Seymour expo.

When most people think of the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo, they think of all the animals – and this year will be no exception.

Harness Education and Re-homing Opportunities (HERO) will be the feature equestrian exhibit at the 2020 expo, an organisation that promotes life after racing for retired standardbreds.

Tanya McDermott from HERO said the exhibit would show a variety of horses across the three days of the expo, with the intention to demonstrate the adaptability of the animals outside of racing.

“There is no better way to change outdated stereotypes than to get out and about and show as many different people as possible just what these horses are able to achieve with time, patience and commitment,” Tanya said.

“HERO program graduate horses have gone on to participate very successfully in a wide and varied range of activities including endurance, showing, extreme cowboy competition (obstacles on horseback), equine-assisted learning, adult riding and pony club, trail riding and liberty training.”

She said there was also an opportunity for attendees to get up close and personal with the horses and their trainers, who will be on hand to provide information and assistance.

“Some of the HERO program’s re-trainers will be on hand to discuss the transition of horses from harness to saddle and assist anyone who has an interest in off the track ‘standies’ and is seeking advice or support.” HERO is a joint initiative between Harness Racing Victoria and the Victorian Government through the Victorian Racing Industry Fund. After spending time with the horses, expo visitors can meet the beautiful Belted Galloways, cows known for their distinctive white ‘belt’ and likeable temperament. 

The EXPO will run from Friday, February 14 to Sunday, February 16.