This year the Australian National Field Days (ANFD) are thrilled to announce that the feature exhibit is the, ‘Australian Stock Horse Society’. It is the first time ever that the ANFD have had horses as the feature exhibit and feel it has a great importance to agriculture.
The Australian Stock Horse is possibly the world’s most versatile horse and is often referred to as ‘the breed for every need’. The Australian Stock Horse can be defined based on physical attributes that form the ideal type of the breed that is referred to as the ASH Standard of Excellence. These attributes form part of why this working horse is suited for its function, such as cattle work, showing and sporting where the horse must be agile, intelligent and have a good temperament.
Today the Australian Stock Horse is still used for general riding, film work, stock work on rural properties, as well as equestrian competitions. With its versatility, the Australian Stock Horse achieves outstanding success in a wide variety of events including: camp
drafting, dressage, polo and polocrosse, eventing and pony club events.
“On the day we aim to demonstrate the versatility and many uses of the breed through disciplines such as traditional ASH classes, cattle work, dressage, tent pegging and polocrosse. We will also include an education element through talks on what is a Heritage Australian Stock Horse, ideal type of the breed, what to look for when buying a horse and how to get started into ASH showing,” said Blair Forrest, Australian Stock Horse Team Leader.
The Australian Stock Horse Society are excited to feature Stan’s Trail, offering lots of fun activities for kids including craft activities,
hobby horse races, colouring in competitions and a selfie zone with Stan, our Standard of Excellence horse. There will be daily raffles with lots of great prizes to be won.