Horsepower forges link to our farming history
THE Australian Draught Horses were hard at work last Sunday.
The Apple Tree Creek showgrounds hosted a Heavy Horse Heritage Day, with excited crowds enjoying all the activities.
Australian champions, and single and pairs horses were all on display, including shires, clydesdales, suffolk punch and Australian draughts.
Onlookers were amazed to see the heavy horses in action and watched awestruck as the blacksmith made and fitted shoes to horses.
A horse works grinded up corn and a hay raking was performed in order to show the audience how farming was done before modern machinery.
On display were horse-drawn sulkies, drays and phatons.
The day was long and hot and the crowds enjoyed all the family-friendly events.
Children and parents alike enjoyed the shows and interaction with the horses.
The log and slide obstacle course was a crowd favourite as the horses carefully made their way through the course and left spectators speechless.
Another crowd favourite was listening to bush poetry and bush yarns about days gone by.
By the end of the day, exhausted crowds rode off into the sunset after enjoying the fantastic display from the Australian Draught Horses.
HEAVY GOING: The Apple Tree Creek Showgrounds hosted a Heavy Horse Heritage Day last Sunday.