PAGE 3 P E R C HE R O N NE WS E D I T I O N NO . 3 Mondial – World Percheron Congress The Under-Explored Potential of Breeding Percherons for the Leisure Market France September 2011 harsh northern and western climate, to put more weight, bone, durability and better temperament into the working saddle horses.
These properties could range in size from fifty square kilometres to hundreds of square kilometres.
These types of horses have become part of our Australian Heritage and Mythology and an important part of our outback oral tradition.
Stories of the deeds of Australian bush horses have been passed down through generations.
During the First World War, thousands of horses were shipped overseas; the majority of which were from NSW and comprised horses crossed with Percheron and other Heavy Horse Breeds to be used for Remount, Artillery and Supply.
The name Waler was adopted as a result of their NSW origin and there is now a Waler Society in Australia recognising their origin and breeding horses of like type.
Teams of horses were used Delving “Irrigation” Channels (Bore Drains); cleaning out long drains running from an artesian bore, across country for many miles, to supply water to livestock and wildlife.
This was done using a huge V Shaped tyne the width of the drain to keep it free from debris and silt.
The horses were harnessed with half the team working either side of the drain, in single file, to facilitate an even pull.
This practice has been replaced by capping the bores and running water pipes to troughs.
Bronco Branding was necessary on very large stations (farms) Speech Presented at Mondial by Mrs Elwyn Park Good evening M.
Chouanard, ladies and gentlemen, delegates and fellow Percheron enthusiasts.
I would like to acknowledge all the people of La Perche for their contributions in selecting bloodlines that have led to the magnificent horses that we have now.
We owe so much to past generations for their expertise and traditions that they have passed down to present day horse enthusiasts.
Thank you for your kind introduction Virginia and a huge thank you to the Société Hippiqué Percheronne de France, for the invitation to come to your beautiful country and address you at this most prestigious of occasions.
It is certainly an honour and a privilege that I will never forget and a lifelong dream that has come to fruition.
I would also like to take this opportunity to extend my gratitude and heartfelt thanks from the Kamilaroi Equestrian Team to Eric Albert, “d’Albe and Sylvi Martz, “Grand Prainville” and Roy and Jane Cutts, “Lakes Percherons”, for the use of their magnificent Percherons and facilities in preparation for our performances here, at Haras du Pin and for their warm hospitality in their homes.
I am now the principal of Kamilaroi Percherons, Australia.
I have been breeding Percherons, along with my late husband, Richard Park, for the past thirty-six years.
My property is located in a remote area of Australia, where I join approximately twenty mares each year, using two stallions; a Percheron for the Pure Bred breeding programme and a Thoroughbred to produce Percheron Warmbloods.
The horses are run under natural conditions with paddock mating, but with constant monitoring.
I have held the positions of Secretary and Registrar for the Percheron Horse Breeders’ Association of Australia Inc.
At various times over the past thirty-five years and have compiled all five volumes of the Stud Book, maintaining it to the present day as Registrar.
It is said that the Percheron has been represented as being the first draught breed introduced into Australia.
Contrary to our former belief that Registered Percherons did not arrive in Australia until 1913, recent research, with documented evidence, has revealed that Registered Percheron Horses were transported to Australia as early as 1894.
The importation of French, Canadian and English blood at that time was a smaller, lighter type of horse than we see in the present day Percherons of France and USA.
Climate, nutrition and isolation could be contributing factors to the difference we now see between these and the Australian Bred Percherons.
However it is predominately the presence of those easily traceable old bloodlines that have enabled us to breed a horse true to type.
There were five main breeders in the early 1900’s; Kadlunga, Foxlow, Newstead and the NSW State Department of Agriculture, followed by Cherokee.
The use of these horses in the early history of Australia was primarily to be crossed with farm horses on the large, remote properties in the E D I T I O N NO . 3 P E R C HE R O N NE WS PAGE 4 where cattle were handled in the open, without yards.
It required a team of horsemen to hold a herd of cattle together while a rider mounted upon a heavy horse, with a working collar, would rope a beast out of the mob and pull it to a structure of two panels.
There it was held by the horse and rider, as men on foot restrained it further, while branding etc.
Took place before it was released back into the mob.
Yards and modern equipment have replaced these past methods: however Bronco Branding has been modified to become a very popular sport with one of the most successful participants in recent yeas, being a Kamilaroi mare.
The Commonwealth Serum Laboratories have for many years, exclusively used Percherons for blood collection for the production of vaccines and anti-venins.
The choice of the Percheron was principally because of their exceptional temperament Percherons featured prominently with Breweries, delivery and farm work.
They were often the horse of choice for work in coal mines and with the Colonial Sugar Refinery.
Horses of Percheron content have for many years been exclusively used by the South Australian Police and also by the Victorian Police Force.
Recently the Queensland Mounted Police purchased two part bred geldings and are trialling another, all broken in by Kamilaroi Equestrian’s, Karen Foran.
They were out working in public within five weeks.
The police handlers reported that it usually takes six months to have new horses trained and working at that elite level. For the past thirty-six years with my late husband, I have bred these magnificent horses and never cease to be amazed at their trainability, temperament and overall willingness to please.
We have trained and sold many Part Bred Percheron horses that have competed in a wide range of disciplines to the highest level, while our pure breeding programme has produced many winners in the very limited number of shows in which Australia has classes for Draught Horses.
There are two main Draught Horse Field Days in the State of Queensland and a similar number of events in the other states each year.
We have with us to-day, the Perry family, who are perhaps our most active exhibitors and whose daughter, Christine is possibly the only woman in Australia to have broken in, trained and Driven Teams.
Since the establishment of our Percheron Horse Breeders’ Association of Australia Incorporated in 1976, a register of Pure Bred horses has been kept, with records going back to our foundation sires and broodmares.
Together with an Appendix incorporating horses; one parent of which must be 100% Percheron; the resultant progeny finally recognised as Pure Bred at the Fourth Cross.
Since Volume 3 of the Stud Book a Register of Part Bred Percheron Warmbloods has been integrated.
This was deemed necessary to officially recognise the contribution of Part Bred Percherons in many equine disciplines.
Many of these horses are now competing successfully in a wide range of equestrian fields.
This has always been the case; however without docu- mentation, these horses competed without recognition of their background.
Examples being, Charisma ridden by Mark Todd (NZ) – 2 Individual Olympic Gold and Gillian Rolton’s Peppermint Grove – 2 Team Olympic Gold Medals.
Carol Lieutenant’s Victory Salute ridden by Brett Parbery is currently ranked 9th.
In the World in Dressage, while Sally Watkin’s Kamilaroi Talisman (EFA Reg.
Merlin’s Masterpiece) is a Grand Prix Dressage horse in Australia.
So! Where to from here? Partbreds? Only through excellence in our Pure Bred Percherons can we achieve excellence in the quality of our Part Breds produced.
To ensure the best quality in purebreds we have selected breeding stock with exceptional movement, temperament and conformation and moved away from white markings both on legs and muzzle and away from the chestnut gene.
So what does the future hold for the prospective breeding programme? Each country has it’s own individual problems; ours being our small genetic pool.
Several Australian Breeders have been privileged to access semen from three privately owned French Stallions.
This process was only made possible through the assistance of the Société Hippique Percheronne de France and offers a very exciting future for our Australian Breeding Industry and the continuation of the Percheron Breed in Australia.
This will be the first introduction of French Blood since Hermes en Vallee in 1978 and Trappeur en Vallee in 1996; both bred by M.
Prior to Hermes’ importation, it had been forty years since French blood had been introduced into Australia.
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