Rawene's Brumby Race Day

Horse riders from around the Far North descended on Rawene and its recently revived racetrack on Saturday for the annual Brumby Race Day fundraiser. Events included a 2.5km gallop, horse high jump, a kids’ race, a stockman’s challenge, trots and a kid’s race; every kind of brumby, farm hack and nag was welcome, but no thoroughbreds were allowed. A few thousand people enjoyed the sunshine, spectacle, live music and kai, placing bets using a raffle system that (just) kept the fundraising legal. All money raised goes to Hokianga Treks 4 Kids, a charity run by Rawene school bus driver Rob Pink to teach disadvantaged kids to ride and take them on multi-day horse treks. Photos by Peter de Graaf.

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