These photos taken on 30th of October at the cull at Lake Gregory show horses left injured and horses badly shot in wrong places and left to die.
This cull, ordered by the Pastoral Lands Board on Dept. of Aboriginal Affairs/Aboriginal Lands Trust and carried out against the wishes of the Walmajarri people was a completely unwarranted and expensive exercise by an ignorant and cruel government.
Wild Horses Kimberley was formed in 2005 to protect the wild horses at Lake Gregory in the East Kimberley.
Percherons were introduced in the early 1950s on Bililuna by Bill Wilson who owned the lease.
The original stallions were taken to Balgo in October 1967 by Father John McGuire. Three stallions and 22 stud book mares went up from Melbourne to improve stock horse breeds and to help start a visionary project to breed horses and cattle for the Aboriginal community.
The three stallions were Grey Ghost (Arabian Purebred & Sandown Sprint Record), Basin Street (Melbourne Cup Runner) and Palm Boy (sired by 4 years running Victorian Champion Sire, Better Boy).
From the breeding program 500 horses were sent to Tanzania for use as police and army horses. Some ran and won races in towns all over the Kimberley.
From these stallions a unique breed of horses has survived and is flourishing in areas around Lake Gregory and up the Sturt Creek which originates in the NT.
We are part of the Kimberley Environmental Horticulture Inc. group which rehabilitates areas of the Kimberley, trains Aboriginal youth in horticulture and runs an indigenous plant nursery in Broome WA. (www.plantbroome.com)
We have secured protection for 700 horses to remain living around the lake but we need funding to be able to monitor their management.
Wild Horses Kimberley
PO Box 2855 Broome WA 6725
Telephone: 041 761 2958
New film clip by Lonely Seahorse Films