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Freedom

Off The Track

Trekking ex-Racehorses 5330km across

Australia for mental health awareness

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our mission "to make the world a little bit better"

Raising donations for mental health by

partnering with Charity: 'Freedom Youth'

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trek Details

Freedom Youth Charity

About us

Freedom

Youth Charity

The Founder of Freedom Youth is Alycia Burton who has already been delivering life saving youth mentor programs to over 3500 youth throughout Australia, New Zealand and the USA over the last 10 years. Alycia has teamed up with several youth mentors, counsellors, psychologists and volunteers who have a heart for impacting our next generation. We have secured a long term lease on an off-grid 520 acre property in Sandy Creek, Queensland with equestrian and camping facilities, a club house, abundant wildlife, rivers and hiking trails to further enhance positive outcomes for youth in need. Living with counsellors, mentors and having regular access to psychologists is a key component here at Freedom Youth.

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Freedom Youth Website: www.freedomyouthau.com

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About the trek

The Bicentennial National Trail (BNT) stretches a total of 5330km along Australia’s Eastern Coast, from Cooktown (QLD) to Healesville (VIC).

Estimating 7 months of travel for the trek, we will be traversing over some of the most remote landscapes of rural Australia, proving the Off The Track Thoroughbreds (OTTB's) versatility through all types of terrain and weather.

With our priority for the horses being, their safety and welfare we are aiming to average 30/35km per day with an estimated 1-2 rest days per week

Having over 20yrs of riding experience Zsófia has ridden 5000 km over challenging terrain, including the steps of Mongolia, the plains of Patagonia and the mountains of Kyrgyzstan and participated in the three longest and toughest horse races in the world.

Zsófia has also been working with thoroughbreds on and off the track and has spent the last few years successfully retraining and rehoming Ex-Racehorses in Ireland and Hungary.

Zsófia is also a published author, sharing her adventures in Mongolia with the aim to inspire and motivate other riders to challenge their limits and never stop learning.

Zsófia

Meet

The

team

Stephanie

With almost 10 years of riding experience. Steph has grown up getting lessons anyway she could and has learned from, and worked for several trainers across the world. Steph now has a full time business based near Woodford QLD as a qualified riding instructor and trainer. She fell in love with the off the track thoroughbreds whilst riding overseas and has recently trained and rehomed a handful of thoroughbreds and thoroughbred crosses.


Steph is also an advocate for mental health, along with being a big supporter for helping Ex-Racehorses find a life after racing. With no previous trek experience, she wants to prove that if she can challenge herself, anyone can!

Meet The Thoroughbreds

'super elegance'

'super elegance'

Zsófia's mount - 'Super Elegance' is a 16.3hh chestnut TB gelding. 'Corr' (a Celtic word meaning 'Red') as he's affectionally named, most recently raced in Hong Kong. Corr is now being re-trained as a allrounder as well as preparing for the upcoming trek.

He loves his friends, exploring and learning new skills.



'new future'

'new future'

Steph's mount - 'New Future' is a 16hh bay TB gelding.

Future came to Steph in late January of 2023 after most recently being raced in Hong Kong.

With 13 starts and only one win under his belt. Future is now being re-trained as a show-jumper/allrounder as well as building fitness for the upcoming trek.

He absolutely adores water, jumping and going on adventures.



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Get Involved - email: Stephanie@equusaustralis.com.au

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Sponsorship

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How to help

Get involved and help sponsor the adventure, click the links on the left to view options / get in contact.

what we need

Sponsorship monies to help fund the 6/7 month trek, with 100% of funds going to - horse feed, horse care, gear, transport, and other direct costs of the trek.

We are incredibly grateful for any support gifted. It ALL adds together and helps to change lives.