Mr Billy shows he’s no one-trick pony

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - 2018 BRUNSWICK SHOW -

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.

Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler

John Grif­fiths and Mr Billy the Cly­des­dale run through their reper­toire of tricks ahead of a per­for­mance at the Brunswick Show.

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