The Australian Stock Horse is ingrained into the history of this country, with ancestors of the breed tracing back to the First Fleet. Many a heated discussion, even today, could be had about the exact origins of the breed; though one thing is for sure, the Australian Stock Horse is truly unique to Australia with its physical and mental attributes reflecting the climate, landscape and people of this country. What we have today is a horse with strength and stamina, a horse that is reliable and versatile. The Australian Stock Horse is athletic, intelligent, tough, courageous and has the perfect temperament to match. Its conformation is well-balanced, the breed has a neat hoof for agility, refined and hardy legs, a sloping shoulder and strong, rounded hindquarters.
The horse has been a part of the culture of Australia for over 200 years and the Australian Stock Horse is the epitome of this. The Stock Horse features in what is arguably the country’s most recognised poem The Man from Snowy River, by Banjo Paterson. The poem conveys with zeal both the horse’s temperament and looks
And one was there, a stripling on a small and weedy beast,
He was something like a racehorse undersized,
With a touch of Timor pony – three parts thoroughbred at least –
And such as are by mountain horsemen prized.
He was hard and tough and wiry – just the sort that won’t say die –
There was courage in his quick impatient tread;
And he bore the badge of gameness in his bright and fiery eye,
And the proud and lofty carriage of his head.
Willinga Park shares this passion for the Australian Stock Horse. Our horses are a collection of what we consider to be some of the best in the breed. We have carefully selected horses for their conformation and ability. Many have a strong history of being successful in show or competition and, everyone knows that success breeds success, so many of our horses have strong lineage to the best pedigree stock horses in this country.
Today we are introducing the best in Quarter Horses to the mix, including the successful Acres Destiny and Mabo out of well-known Docs Freckles Oak. This fusion has been designed to produce a horse that has a good temperament, is a willing team mate and one that has innate skills to work cattle. Our breeding program aims to develop a horse that the owner can get the best out of for both leisure and performance.
Willinga Park’s breeding program combines old-fashioned natural breeding along with a cutting edge embryo transfer program using surrogate mares. This is a hugely successful formula that is delivering the next generation of performance horses.