Garrawilla horses spread their wings

August 7, 2011

Ten horses from John and Cathy Wade’s property Garrawilla, left last Tuesday to make the long journey north to the small aboriginal community of Ngukurr in the Northern Territory.  The community sits on the Gulf of Carpentaria, just south of Arnhem Land on the Roper River.  The horses have been sold to the Ngukurr Training School where they will be used to train young Aboriginal Stockmen.

John Wade and his horses

John Wade with some of the horses sold to the Ngukurr training School in the Roper river region of the Northern territory.

They will be under the care of well-known horseman, former Charles Darwin University Lecturer and animal welfare campaigner, Toby Gorringe. The purchase of the horses is the first time a community in the Northern Territory actually owns the horses.

The sale of these horses follows a recent consignment which went to Western Australia to take residency with the Western Australian Mounted Police Force, where they will be used for crowd control and ceremonial duties.  A recent order for another six horses for their team will ensure a growing presence of “Garawilla” bred heavy horses.

Selling representative for the horses in the north, Richard Fullbrook, said the key factor to placing these heavy horse cross breeds is their overall versatility, displaying beautiful temperament, athleticism and colour.

John Wade and Ngukka training School students

John Wade at the Ngukka training School, with some of the students who will learn to ride at the school.

In the north they will be used for rank beginners as well as for the older boys undertaking Certificate 3 and Certificate 4 Jackaroo qualifications.

Garrawilla’s ‘triangle with wings’ brand is now recognized in all states and territories of Australia.