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CFA announced as 2016 EQUITANA partner
CFA is proud to be announced as the Official Community Partner of EQUITANA Melbourne 2016
The 4-day event includes a mix of education, competition, entertainment and exhibition and is regarded as the largest equine showcase in the Southern Hemisphere.
“We believe this partnership provides us with an excellent opportunity to engage with horse lovers to discuss issues around horse ownership and planning for bushfires,” said Program Design and Community Development Manager, Gwynne Brennan
“We know people love their horses and will sometimes put their animals’ safety ahead of their own, so it is vital people understand the importance of including animals in their overall bushfire plans.”
Horse safety has been a focus for CFA in recent times, with a number of brigades coming together with local organisations such as pony and riding clubs, to present information sessions on preparing horses to survive a bushfire.
“There is some great information available to not only help people prepare their horses for bushfires, but to guide them through post-fire care” Gwynne said.
She said those living on urban fringes could not consider themselves immune from risk as such areas, with long grassed paddocks, are also susceptible to fast-moving fire in the right conditions.
CFA also supports the National Equine Database, developed by CFA volunteer Jenna Kelley. This database links horse owners with property owners who have the capacity to temporarily house animals during bushfires and other emergencies.
In addition to two workshop presentations about horse and bushfire safety, CFA will have bushfire preparation materials available during EQUITANA at their exhibition stand.
“People can also learn more about modern firefighting efforts at the fire truck display. We are also looking into getting some historic photos featuring horses at a time when they played an integral role in firefighting efforts,” Gwynne added.
CFA extends its appreciation to the organisers of EQUITANA Melbourne 2016 for inviting CFA to be part of such an exciting event.
Horse lovers interested in attending the event can find more information here.