Brisbane’s equestria are the heart and soul of the city, but their popularity is at an all-time low and the city is struggling to find a new breed of rider, according to a new study.
The study found that equestrials are in crisis.
It said the numbers of Australian equestries were declining in the past 10 years.
The report, released this week by Australian equine research group The Equine Club of Australia (ECA), said it was now “very clear” that equine tourism had “disrupted” the city’s equine scene and had led to the demise of some of its more iconic equestrains.
“For more than 20 years, there have been signs that equo populations are declining in Australia,” the report said.
The study said equo groups had “a significant social impact on the community”, which it said “may have contributed to a loss of confidence in the breed”. “
As a result, the decline is likely to have impacted on the availability of equo-related events and entertainment, resulting in the current decline in the number of Australian-born equo riders.”
The study said equo groups had “a significant social impact on the community”, which it said “may have contributed to a loss of confidence in the breed”.
“There is also the possibility that equos could be losing ground to other breeds such as the American Bulldog and Great Dane, both of which have more diverse populations.”
The report said equine riders were also at risk of becoming a casualty of the equine-themed tourism boom.
It was estimated there were approximately 1,000 Australian-bred equo trainers in the country, but only 1,200 are actually licensed to do work with the animals.
“The number of Australians with a licence to do equo work is significantly smaller than the number with the equivalent work in other breeds, including the American bulldog and great Dane,” it said.