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National Clydesdale & Heavy Horse Festival

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by Ian Gill (subscribe)
I'm a Victorian freelance writer & photographer living in the Macedon Ranges north of Melbourne.
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The 10th annual National Clydesdale & Heavy Horse Festival will be staged at the National Equestrian Centre, Werribee Park over the weekend of Saturday & Sunday the 20th and 21st of January between 9 AM and 4 PM both days.

Victoria Melbourne Werribee Equestrian Horse Horses Heavy Clydesdale Competition
Australia's National Clydesdale & Heavy Horse Festival is one of the largest events of its type in the southern hemisphere. Image: Courtesy NCHHF Organising Committee


Numerous breeds of heavy horses will be on show including Clydesdale, Shire, Percheron, Fjord, Highland Pony, Friesian, Drum Horse and Haflinger.

Up for grabs are 32 Championship, 13 Supreme Champion and 2 Grand Champion titles in competition classes including Led Stud Horses, Harness, Tradesman & Delivery Harness Turnout, Show Driving, Ridden Heavy Horses, Heavy Horse Dressage, Junior handlers, riders and drivers, Fancy Dress, Long Reining and an Obstacle Course.

There'll be a Show 'n Shine Display, a Trade Village and Stalls, plenty of food & refreshments, Cart Rides, ringside seating and a full commentary.

Victoria Melbourne Werribee Equestrian Horse Horses Heavy Clydesdale Competition
Heavy horses such as the Clydesdale and Shire were the backbone of farm work before machinery became available ........


Victoria Melbourne Werribee Equestrian Horse Horses Heavy Clydesdale Competition
..... while others such as the Percheron and Friesian were used extensively as war-horses.


The National Clydesdale & Heavy Horse Festival has grown to become one of the largest heavy horse shows in the southern hemisphere drawing big crowds to view these magnificent animals.

Picturesque Werribee Park and the National Equestrian Centre are first-class venues providing all the facilities & amenities necessary to make a visit here for the 10th annual National Clydesdale & Heavy Horse Festival a great day out for horse loving families.

The National Equestrian Centre is at 170 K Road, Werribee South, 34 Kilometres, about a 40-minute drive, south of Melbourne CBD via the Westgate Bridge and M1 Freeway.

Victoria Melbourne Werribee Equestrian Horse Horses Heavy Clydesdale Competition
Giants of the horse world are still used by the military and police units around the world for ceremonial purposes.



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Why? This is a fabulous opportunity for the whole family to get up close & personal with some of the giants of the horse world and marvel at their strength and agility.
When: Saturday and Sunday 20th & 21st January - 9 AM to 4 PM both days.
Phone: Robert Ronzio - 0408 534 881
Where: Werribee Park National Equestrian Centre
Cost: $10 per person (Under 16 years FREE)
Your Comment
There is something special about these majestic horses.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|6149) 183 days ago
Thanks for the article Ian, I attend every year as a spectator & love it. In-hand classes generally Saturday & in-harness Sunday. Sometimes hard to choose which day! Beautiful animals & able to be quite close-up.
by cherr (score: 1|12) 224 days ago
Is this an annual event.
by ronni (score: 0|6) 189 days ago
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