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.
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.
This principal of cross-breeding bringing out the best in the breed is also being demonstrated in our most recent breeding program which combines our finest Stock Horse mares with Warmblood sires. This cross has produced some striking looking progeny which you can view on our Foals – 2016 page.
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.
Willinga Park also has a strong interest in performance horses and has recently purchased two horses for competition. Bloomfield Royalist out of Royal Hit is a purebred Warmblood and is currently being campaigned by Brett Parbery, Australian Dressage Champion. Willinga Park has also purchased thoroughbred, WillingaPark Clifford, who is a promising eventer being ridden by Hazel Shannon and coached by Olympian Heath Ryan.