Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Allora Welder Claims Top Invention; Portable Horse Yard a Winner for Travellers, Tenants or Associations

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Allora Welder Claims Top Invention; Portable Horse Yard a Winner for Travellers, Tenants or Associations

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Byline: TONI SOMES

AN ALLORA bloke who designed a fully-portable horse stable has been named New South Wales 2011 regional Farm Inventor of the Year.

Anthony Browning describes himself as a battler.

He's been a shearer and a strapper, worked in the bush and done his share of welding and now he can proudly add inventor to his list of accomplishments.

In a practical sense, the win represents a major break for the Southern Downs business he started with his wife, Kylie Myers, just six months ago.

C[pounds sterling]We are just battlers, we've had some tough times, so this is an amazing opportunity for us,C[yen] Mr Browning said. C[pounds sterling]Since we won a week ago we've had 180 orders for the stable from everyone from racehorse trainers to showground associations and others keen to rent out stable space.C[yen]

With his portable stable on the market for between $4800 and $5400, those orders represent more than three-quarters of a million dollars worth of work.

C[pounds sterling]It's exciting; we are just working through the logistics now so we make sure we get it right.C[yen]

So how did this quietly spoken father of five come to design a 3.75m square, fully portable stable that takes two people just 30 minutes to erect?

C[pounds sterling]I can't take all the credit,C[yen] Mr Browning said. C[pounds sterling]The truth is we were sitting around here about four months back and things were getting pretty tight so we started thinking about what else we could do with portable panels.C[yen]

He and his wife had already started a small portable panels and steel loading ramp business on the Warwick-Allora back road.

C[pounds sterling]My son Bradley, who is 15, and my nephew Blake, who is 20, and I together came up with the design for a portable stable and we worked a little to refine it,C[yen] Mr Browning said. …

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