The Man from Coxs River

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The Man from Coxs River sees a tough horseman take on a seemingly impossible mission to save a herd of doomed brumbies in the Australian outback.

Rich and famous

Luke Carlon grew up taking tourists on horse trips along the Coxs River in the Blue Mountains – a place his family has ridden since the 1820s. However, the business shut down nearly 20 years ago, when the river was declared a wilderness area and Luke’s father died.

Luke’s knowledge of horses and the Coxs River is called upon by National Parks Ranger Chris Banffy , who has a problem he thinks Luke might be able to solve.

A herd of brumbies (wild horses) inhabit the Burragorang valley, a water catchment area sealed off to the general public for over fifty years. Classed as feral pests, National Parks needs Chris to remove the animals from Sydney’s water supply. One option is to shoot them, but Chris decides to ask Luke for help.

After a long history of difficult relations between the National Parks and the Carlon family, will they be able to work together to save the horses?

Lead to safety

Unlike any other horse relocation program in Australia the only access to the trap-yards is either by helicopter or horseback. If Luke takes the job he will have to find the horses and get them in the trap. He will then have to gain their trust, so he can lead them 5 km, to another yard with truck access.

Can Luke prove himself to the ghosts of his past and lead the horses to safety without injuring them or his crew of dedicated stockmen? Can Ranger Chris make Luke stick to the rules?  Can Luke and Chris learn to work together and see the world through the each others eyes?

The Man from Cox’s River premieres on H&C on Sunday 29 January at 9pm. You can watch it on Sky 253, or by subscribing to H&C Play