About the GFHHA
We hope that the following paragraphs give the general public a greater awareness of why it was nessessary for the GFHHA to be formed and how it came to be.
In response, the Minister for the Environment, Mr Bob Debus, commissioned a study into the heritage value of horses in the park and indicated that, should the horses be found to have genuine heritage significance, they would be humanely removed from the park so that they can be managed properly in another location by people with an interest in their heritage value. To see this study, please click on the link- Heritage Horse Study .In February 2002, the final report by the Heritage Working Party found that these horses had significant historical, military and cultural value. They are direct descendants of Australia's wartime cavalry horses, known as Walers ,and are the only group of Australian wild horse to have proven heritage value.
In 2003, as a result of the above findings, the GFHHA (formerly known as the Guy Fawkes Wild Horse Management Association Inc) was developed. The GFHHA maintain objectives of managing the horses from the FRNP once they have removed. Not only do we take possesion of horses passively removed from the GFRNP and offer them for sale to the public, we also manage the horses to maintain their inherent characteristics and to preserve the unique genetics of these wild horses. A formal register and Stud Book has been established for these purposes. The GFHHA also actively promotes the GF horse versatility by sponsoring classes held at local Ag Shows and encouraging horse owners to participate in all disciplines.The Association is self funded. Monies are raised through the sale of horses, donations and fundraising events.
It has taken several years to progress this far with wild horse management. We have encountered many setbacks however we are finally making a difference and we are confident that our methods will set the standards for the future control of wild horses in Australia.