The Australian Draught horse is mainly derived from the results of cross breeding the original four pure bred draught breeds imported into Australia; the Shire, Clydesdale, Percheron and the Suffolk Punch. More recently, a fifth draught horse, the American Belgium was bred in. In the 1980’s a breeder of Australian Draughts imported a Suffolk Punch mare who made a considerable contribution to the breed.
The Australian Draught Horse Stud Book Society was formed almost forty years ago to encourage the breeding, working and showing of heavy horses throughout Australia. The various branches of the Australian Draught Horse Stud Book Society holds regular meetings and horse working days.
For more information on the Australian Draught Horse Stud Book Society, see: http://www.australiandraughthorse.com