Mark ploughing
photograph: Sue Manning

Avondale wagon
photograph: Sue Manning

Local equestrian photographer, Sue Manning specialises in photographing the Avondale Clydesdales. The photographs on this page are from her book "Walk On - a tribute to the Clydesdale Horse" (now $18.00). Sue has recently published a second book featuring Clydesdales called "Gentle Giants" ($20.00).

For more photographs of Clydesdales and details of how to order Sue's books, go to Sue Manning's website: www.suemanning.com.au/ or email suemanning@live.com.au

Clydesdale Horses

The Clydesdale is a breed of draft horse named after the hard-working farm horses of Clydesdale, Scotland. Thought to be over 300 years old, the breed was once extensively used for pulling heavy loads, ploughing and harvesting.

Clydesdales are noted for their rugged grace and versatility; they are strong yet amiable animals exceeding 18 hands (1.8 metres) in height and over one ton in weight. Clydesdales come in a vast array of color combinations; various shades of bay, brown, sorrel, chestnut, and black. The may also have a variety of white markings ranging from solid with four whites and a blaze to almost completely white with large loud markings. Clydesdales also commonly come in various roans. Also they can exhibit one or more dark legs either brownish mixed with white hairs, grey mixed with white hairs or solid black. Clydesdales have distinctive tufts of white or black hair on their lower legs known as feather (never called feathers). Nowadays chiefly for show, this hair was first a result of native stock and the Flemish horse.

The muzzle is also typically white, many have distincitve dark spots. Hoof size is another distinct feature of Clydesdales; their hooves are twice the width of a thoroughbred race horse's.

(from Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clydesdale_horse)

For more information about Clydesdales, check out these sites:

The Commonwealth Clydesdale Horse Society website: www.clydesdalehorse.com.au
The Commonwealth Clydesdale Horse Society of WA website: www.clydesdalewa.com.au

and the 'All Things Clydesdale' website from Victoria: www.allthingsclydesdale.com.au/

Sea of wheat
photograph: Sue Manning