Trainer's generosity brings cancer cure closer
Mr Welsh, who works at the Australian Outback Spectacular on the Gold Coast, helped to secure, train and sell a stockhorse by the name of Warrenbri Hope at the sales on January 11.
The horse, which was donated by the Warrenbri stockhorse stud, was purchased at the Magic Millions yearling sale for $48,000 by Might and Power owner Nick Moraitas as a gift for trainer Kevin Moses.
It appears likely Warrenbri Hope will be used as a lead horse at Randwick Racecourse in Sydney.
Mr Welsh was prompted to raise the money for charity after a couple of close relatives were diagnosed with cancer.
“I lost a grandfather recently and I lost an aunty to cancer, and one night a little girl about two-years-old came to the show who has been battling with it,” Mr Welsh said.
“That night I decided to approach the sponsors and try and get a horse and away we went.”
As far as the horse industry goes, Mr Welsh has one of its dream jobs.
He plays one of the leading roles in the Outback Spectacular and is the assistant horse master of the show.
It is a long way from his family's cattle property at Tabulam, and even further from his early career as an apprentice air-conditioner mechanic in Lismore.
“I grew up on horses and I always wanted to work with them, but I also wanted something that would pay the bills,” he said.
I had done some film work and was chasing that area of work when the Outback Spectacular came up.
“Performing on a horse was a bit daunting at the start, but it is a lot of fun.”
Warrenbri Hope adapted to the show as quickly as her trainer.
Within two months of being broken in she was performing with a big role in the show.
She was in the show for a few months before the yearling sale.
For Mr Welsh, who has played bit parts in movies like Hercules and television shows like Saddle Club, training Warrenbri Hope was a labour of love.
“I had her for about six months and broke her in,” he said.
“We are great mates and at the end of the day it was sad to say goodbye, but I always knew the money was going to a good cause and I am just so very grateful for the support.”