My involvement with the Kaimanawa horses goes back 25 years when we got our first Kaimanawa who was born to a mustered mare from one of the very early trial musters.
I was one of the foundation members of the then Kaimanawa Wild Horse Welfare Trust which has become Kaimanawa Heritage Horses (KHH).
It has been remarkable to see how KHH started with humble beginnings and has grown in strength, that’s due mainly to its passionate hard-working committee and its wonderful members.
I feel extremely privileged to have been part of that journey and feel very humbled with the wonderful support the Kaimanawa horses are now receiving.
The Kaimanawa horses have had their share of unfair treatment over the years and it is really satisfying to see the change of attitude by the Department of Conservation the Army and the public in general.
The Equestrians world has now started to appreciate what we have known all along that the Kaimanawa horses are very special and a National treasure.
We still have a way to go and it will be a wonderful day when the musters can be replaced with contraception, and there will be no more Kaimanawa horses sent to slaughter purely because they are where they are.