O’Malley in Alice Springs yards at capture, image supplied by Debi Robinson
O’Malley was caught on Jinka station in 1988 as a mature stallion, a grey faded with age. Beautiful temperament – he came to hand in no time. He was a magnificent heavy, artillery type. There were only three or four heavies in our early times of saving Walers; this type may now be extinct unless other areas are looked at – hopefully with DNA testing of brumbies and research into their areas, there are some about.
Jinka and neighbouring Jervois had some Percheron blood back in the horse days, to put some heft into the horses used for mining. There was a stock route through there, Tom Hanlon with a man named Mudge discovered copper while droving horses through so mining started up and continues to this day.
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Type: Heavy (Artillery)