The annual Kwala Races were held on the 27 – 29 September 2014 at Hermannsburg, bringing together the community, NT Police, Tjuwanpa Rangers, Finke River Gorge National Park Rangers, Tjuwanpa Resource Centre and hundreds of keen race goes.
The event has been traditionally known as the Kaporilya Races however due to cultural reasons the event is now called the Kwala Races.
The event was co-ordinated by local ladies Maryanne Malbunka and Sonia Braybon who did a marvellous job arranging the race day, trophies and presentations. The police worked endlessly with community, holding weekly meetings for the past few months to ensure the program runs smoothly.
Police members arranged donations as prizes for the races and events during the course of the week.
Members from the Mounted Police, Haast Bluff, Community Engagement Police Alice Springs and the Finke River Rangers led by Oliver Breeze all attended and worked at the BBQ over the weekend which raised approximately $2000 which went to the community as further prize money for the community event.
Tjuwanpa Resource Centre assisted with the maintenance of the race track and ensured the safety of all attendees. They also built a new podium and race stall for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.
The Kwala Cup is awarded to the winner of the 1600metre stockhorse race. OIC Melissa Sanderson and Constable Will Caskey attended on the Sunday night for the presentations. They presented the Kwala Cup to owner Peter Braybon of winning horse ‘BG’
A great weekend was had by all with no incidents occurring over the weekend period.
A big thanks to –
Melissa Sanderson, Will Caskey, Todd Lymbery – Hermannsburg Police
Dean Elliott / Debra Pieniacki – Mounted Police and the ponies
Jennifer Hamilton / Nick Mitchell – Community Engagement Police Officers
Grant Edinborough / Joe Cooper – Haast Bluff Police
Oliver Breeze and rangers for Finke River Rangers
Gerard Lessals – Women’s Rangers – for the watering down of the race track and hosing the kids.