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Horsepower On Show
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.
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.
Heavy horses such as the Clydesdale and Shire were the backbone of farm work before machinery became available ........
..... 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.
Giants of the horse world are still used by the military and police units around the world for ceremonial purposes.
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.