ABOUT AUSTRALIAN STOCK HORSES
Australian horses were selectively bred for strength and stamina, reliability and versatility. The strongest were retained for breeding and despite their mixed origins they have developed into a strong and handsome type. The horses have a good temperament, were tough and reliable, able to work under saddle and in harness.
Explorers, stockmen, settlers, bushrangers and troopers in Australia all relied on horses that could travel long distances, day after day. The strongest were used to breed sturdy saddle horses that were essential for the Colony's settlement. Exploits of the explorers and stockmen and their reliable horses in the Australian bush became Australian folklore, and stories such as The Man from Snowy River and Clancy of the Overflow depict the character of these pioneers and their horses.
Australian Stock Horses are used for general riding and stock work on rural properties, as well as equestrian competitions. With its versatility, the Australian Stock Horse has achieved outstanding success in a wide variety of sports including: campdrafting, showjumping, dressage, eventing, pony club events, harness, polo and polocrosse.
The Australian Stock Horse is intelligent, with courage, toughness and stamina, and has a good temperament. The Australian Stock Horse is considered possibly the world's most versatile horse, the horse evolved through selective breeding in response to the demands of the environment.
The basic pre-requisites of a high performance horse are a quiet temperament, intelligence and athletic ability. These qualities are essential for a brilliant performance whatever the event.
John & Bonnie Thomson
Located happily in the
Central Valley of California