2020 National Clydesdale & Heavy Horse Festival

National Clydesdale & Heavy Horse Festival, 18 Jan 2020 — 19 Jan 2020

Over the past 12 years the Festival has grown to be one of the largest displays of heavy horses in Australia.

An extensive program provides opportunities of all age groups and skill levels to participate in a relaxed and cohesive environment. 

Full commentary, demonstrations, trade and market stalls are a major part of the festival enabling the free flow of information between participants and the general public. 

Our Festival is much more than just a ‘horse show’ enabling the general public to be entertained and interact with show ring activities, visit the displays in our trade village and be able to enjoy the show with full commentary, grassed ring side seating under shade and numerous foodies vans to enjoy a full day or weekend of watching the ring activities.

We have classes on offer in areas of led Stud Stock, Heavy Trade Harness, Working Draft, Long Reining/Obstacle Course, Ridden Heavy Horse/Rider classes & Heavy Horse Dressage.   Breeds such as Clydesdale, Shire, Percheron, Gypsy Cob, Drum Horse, Friesian, Highland Pony, Fjord, Haflinger & registered partbreds - we have classes for all.

We have a new class being the ridden Concours d'Elegance and 2 additional Championship classes - Tradesman Turnout Pair and Tradesman Turnout Multiple.

Our popular Dinner Auction will also be on the Saturday night - we have lots of items to be auctioned off.

A Spit Roast and fresh salads will be on offer -$15 per person (kids under 15 years eat Free) Dinner Tickets must be pre purchased as only a limited number will be available.

The National Equestrian Centre is part of to the Werribee Park Precinct with the Werribee Zoo, Werribee Park Mansion & the State Rose Garden right next door.

Show Organiser - Rob Ronzio  P: 0408 534 881 

Secretary- Val Perkins P: 0438 599 590 E: heavyhorsefestival@gmail.com

We are thrilled to announce our judges with having the opportunity of having two international highly regarded experienced heavy horse judges Annette Noble & Elaine Ramsey from Scotland.


  • Annette Noble (Scotland) -  Clydesdales, Shires, Junior Handler, Delivery Horse, Driver classes
  • Elaine Ramsey (Scotland) -  Led partbred, Drum Horse, Gypsy cob, Fjord, Haflinger, Highland, Friesian, Percheron, Ridden Heavy Horses.
  • Elaine Ramsey (Scotland) - Tradesman & Delivery Turnout, Show Cart Turnout
  • Nea Hicks (Victoria) - Fancy Dress, Ridden Heavy Horse, Rider classes
  • Joe Lawrence (VIC)- Working Horse
  • Helen Millane - Dressage
Entries online $10 per class
Entry on the day $15 per class
Dressage  - maximum of 2 tests per horse (pre entry only - closing date 10/01 2020 

***Please read the important information below:-
All horses entered in specified breed classes or where it states horse to be registered must be registered with the relevant Breed Society and  provide the horse registration number on entry.  The owner/leasee must be a current financial member of that Breed Society at the time of the show. Membership status will be checked directly with each Breed Society at the closing date.  

All exhibitors must complete the Participants Risk Waiver and email to heavyhorsefestival@gmail.com prior to the show.

All exhibitors not a member of the CCHSA (Commonwealth Clydesdale Horse Society Australia) must pay the casual event insurance and complete and email the Casual Event Insurance forms to heavyhorsefestival@gmail.com prior to the show.

Click here to view location of showgrounds

By placing an entry you accept this shows Terms & Conditions of Entry

Entries open: 05/11/2019

All Entries close: 15/01/2020

Results: View Results

Show Secretary

Val Perkins
2 Lawn Court
Connewarre Vic 3220

Phone: 0438599590
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