The Horse

The Horse has cemented a place in our hearts as well as our lives. No other creature has been so inextricably entwined in man’s journey through civilisation as the noble horse. It has helped build our great nation and its generosity, toil and loyalty continues to inspire and help so many.

It is a subject of endless fascination with an unlimited and ageless audience due to the historical myths that surround it such as Pegasus, The Unicorn and the Centaur; the legendary roles it has played through the ages on the battlefield, from raiders of the Stone Age, to mounted troops and knights in armour, to the last cavalry charge at Beersheba; its contribution to mankind as a major source of transport from chariots to gypsies, wagons and carriages; opening up new frontiers with explorers, farmers and travellers selling their wares; their relationship with outlaws such as Ned Kelly, numerous celebrities and famous personalities such as The Queen, Pavarotti, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Richard Gere, Christopher Reeve and Patrick Swayze to name just a few.

Today, The Horse continues to inspire us in its various sporting roles and major achievements from the racetrack to the Olympic Games; it contributes to our society, with stockmen, the mounted police, search and rescue missions relying on them, as well as attracting tourism with numerous riding holiday camps, major events such as the Melbourne Cup and Equitana as well as films like ‘The Man from Snowy River’; it generates significant commercial and trading opportunities with products and services, breeding transfers and horses themselves being transported all around the world;  and with their gentle and patient nature they are helping people with health issues and who are in physical, mental and emotional pain and in need of a kindred spirt via numerous different programs and initiatives. 

The Horse deserves to be celebrated and cherished!

Horses first arrived in Australia in 1788 with the First Fleet. They were imported for farm and utility work; recreational riding and racing were not major activities. By 1800, only about 200 horses are thought to have reached Australia. Horse racing became popular around 1810, resulting in an influx of Thoroughbred imports, mostly from England. 

Roughly 3,500 horses were living in Australia by 1820, and this number had grown to 160,000 by 1850, largely due to natural increase.[14] The long journey by sea from EnglandEurope, and Asia meant that only the strongest horses survived the trip, making for a particularly healthy and strong Australian stock, which aided in their ability to flourish. Ref: