The Australian Draught Horse

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

Aleks Berzins with young geldings Hank and Williams, working at potato lifting, Kadwell’s Farm, Crookwell Potato Festival May 2017.

 

Adjusting harness. Taken at the May 2009 meeting of the Sydney & Southern Districts Branch
Adjusting harness. Taken at the May 2009 meeting of the Sydney & Southern Districts Branch
Paired sled driving May 2009
Paired sled driving May 2009 Sydney & Southern Districts Branch