Clydesdale owners and breeders, the Bandy family, were instrumental in the formation of the first heritage event at Barellan in 2010.
Paul Bandy, his father Colin Bandy and uncle, Bruce Bandy, had the skills, experience and vision to bring together the first team of horses at the Barellan Working Clydesdales Good Old Days weekend.
The 17 horses were harnessed to a huge wagon loaded with wool bales filled in 2010 with rice hulls, and later changed to actual bales filled with wool.
The wagon weighed around 3.5 tonnes.
The program was expanded to feature classes mimicking what horses would have done in their daily working lives – log snigs, pumpkin snatch, ploughing, and carriage driving.
Horse work demonstrations of chaff cutting or working with vintage binders and headers in standing crop were added.
The showring caters for heavy horse breeders and handlers with led, ridden and harness classes.
The horses themselves are a mix of the majestic Clydesdale, known as the breed which built Australia, and the Australian Draught, a hardy blend of the Clydesdale, Percheron, Shire and Suffolk Punch.
Master horsemen Steve Johnson, Lake Cargelligo, and Tim Peel, have been instrumental in helping to organise horses, driving the big teams, and overseeing the horse events.
The Barellan Working Clydesdale committee has its own horses and maintains a collection of harness and vehicles for the annual public spectacle.
Good Old Days Festival
Mobile: 0407 001 618
ABN: 98 238 287 221