Stockman Richard Miller of Remount was guest speaker at the October breakfast meeting of the Yass Valley Business Chamber, at Mayfield Mews, Bowning on October 5.
Remount is a free, non-profit program offered to current and former military personnel living with post-traumatic stress or physical injury. It’s the initiative of Ben and Marina Maguire, who run Australian stock horses for equine sports on 120 hectares just outside of Yass.
Mr Miller explained how Remount’s equine therapy program offers cattle mustering, horsemanship, team penning and campdrafting competitions, plus basic leather work, over a two- to four-day stay. The volunteer-run program has recently attracted sponsorship from Lockheed Martin, and is partly supported by Yass Soldiers Club.
Many participants, called “drovers”, have never ridden a horse. The program, actually and figuratively, gets them “back in the saddle”. Remounts were horses in reserve to replace those on the battlefield in theatres of war, Mr Miller said, explaining the name’s origin.
The Yass Valley Business Chamber November 2 breakfast meeting will be at the Murrumbateman Pub; and December 7 at Cafe Dolcetto, Yass.