The Waler Legacy
Jack, Blackie, Rupert, Midnight....or Major M Shanahan's
mount, Bill the Bastard.... some of the names given to
the Australian bred Waler horses that headed to war in
faraway lands, have all faded into our past. The Waler
horse was tough and hardy and carried not only their
rider, but survival gear too – a total weight of about
21 stone, or over 130 kilos! – but few of these heroes
Today thousands of Walers run free in Central Australia
and are being rounded up on a regular basis for
processing as pet food. When their plight was brought to
the attention of EQUITANA Australia we 'swung into
action' to create a way to assist the wonderful Waler
horse at EQUITANA Sydney 2013.
"The Mitavite Waler Legacy" aims to showcase the beauty
and versatility of these horses that are part of our
Australian Heritage and how we can still value them
today. Six Waler horses were selected from Central
Australia by equine professionals and matched to six
trainers from different disciplines.
Over the next 12 months you will be able to learn about
the Waler Horse and how our trainers are going with
their new partners. You will be engaged by this story
that transforms wild Waler’s into remarkable and valued
working horses, so make sure you follow the “Mitavite
Waler Legacy – Australia’s History Their Future”.
Description: Approx. 15.1hh, 2yo, stallion, seal brown
with a white star
Origin of the name: Rupert was an outstanding black
gelding, bred in Queensland who was purchased by King
Edward VII in 1906. When King Edward VII died in 1910,
Rupert was ridden by King George V at the funeral.
Rupert was again ridden by King George V in 1916 when he
reviewed the Australian Troops commanded by General
Monash whilst in camp on Salisbury Plain.