Real horsepower was on display when visitors to Moora, near Rushworth, took a step back in time on Easter Sunday at the sixth annual Working Draught Horse Muster.CATHY WALKER April 22, 2014 3:00am
Kotupna’s Rick Talbot gave a popular scarifying demonstration with horses (from right) Timmy, Ben, Monty, Jock, Sandy and Macca.
The word ‘‘draught’’ means ‘‘to pull’’ and as well as pulling vehicles and implements the heavy horses certainly pulled a crowd.
‘‘We were very pleased the (draught horse) boys were absolutely wrapt,’’ secretary Maz Thomas said.
‘‘Numbers were certainly up on last year.’’
Mrs Thomas said this year the money raised would be going to the Variety Club.
The Moora Reserve, flanked by open paddocks, provided a wonderful backdrop for the relaxed atmosphere of the demonstration day befitting a bygone era when jobs got done when they were finished.
‘‘The whole plan is we want to show people how it all worked and keep that in front of the public,’’ Mrs Thomas said.
Horsemen and women stopped and chatted as they put their gentle giants through a variety of activities such as ploughing, pulling jinkers and wagons, walking endless circles working the chaff cutter and even a vintage merry-go-round.
Many older people went along specially to revive memories but there were enough younger exhibitors to give them hope that the heritage skills are alive and being well preserved for future generations.
A band and craft displays and sales also kept people entertained while saddlery for heavy horses, pack-horse trekking and displays of static engines, rope-making, blacksmiths and a farrier at work meant there was something for everyone.
Look for more Simon Bingham pictures from Moora in next week’s Country News.
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