From early European settlement to the military and from mustering cattle on the land to taking centre stage at the opening ceremony of the Sydney Olympics, the Australian stock horse has had many changing faces.
Nowadays, the breed is used right across the nation from stock work in the bush and in campdraft arenas to a range of different disciplines.
The Australian Stock Horse Society [ASHS] believes the role of the horse in the opening ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympics was when the true versatility of the breed was finally broadcast to a bigger audience.
The stock horse took centre stage and billions of people learnt about the breed.
Flash forward to 2019 and industry experts say the stock horse now extends its reach throughout rural and regional Australia.
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Article written By Lara Webster