Mr Billy shows he’s no one-trick pony
They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but the same cannot be said of horses if Mr Billy is anything to go by.
The 17-year-old Clydesdale will make his debut at the Brunswick show performing tricks with his owners John and Henna Griffiths from Quindale Clydesdale Griffiths.
The Roelands couple adopted Mr Billy 15 years ago when he was just two years old, and say he has always been keen to learn new things as the years go by.
“He used to enter competitions, but he’s getting older so we don’t push him too hard,” Mrs Griffiths said.
In his show performance, Mr Billy will follow voice commands and visual prompts to perform tricks with — and sometimes on — his owners.
“He does lots of different things,” Mrs Griffiths said.
“He can count, take a bow and paint a picture with a brush in his mouth.”
She said Mr Billy was like a member of the family now.
“He even joins in the conversations when visitors arrive,” she said.
“He’s a lovely, gentle boy. He knows when there are little ones around and he lowers his head to be at their level.”
Clydesdales were a traditional feature of farming life until tractors and machinery replaced the work these sturdy animals could perform.
“When older people come to a show, they have a story about when Clydesdales were used on farms,” Mrs Griffiths said.
“They always have such fond memories.”
Mr Billy will perform a morning and afternoon show with Mr and Mrs Griffiths at the Brunswick show on Saturday.
John Griffiths and Mr Billy the Clydesdale run through their repertoire of tricks ahead of a performance at the Brunswick Show.