Rural

Snow delivery

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July 04, 2017

CUB Clydesdales on their way to Mt Buller.

Four beautiful Clydesdale horses — Murphy, Parker, Al and Andy — made a special delivery to Mt Buller last Thursday.

Clip-clopping their way into history, the team were the first Carlton Draft Clydesdales to make a delivery to a ski resort in Australia and they even had a dusting of snow for their arrival.

They made a journey up the winding road into the alpine village centre where happy locals and guests welcomed them with carrots and cuddles.

Murphy is the most senior horse in the line-up at 16 years old with 13 years’ experience, while Parker at five years old only joined last year.

The famous horses travel the country and are a popular sight with their shining harnesses to deliver beer where they go.

The tradition of the Carlton Draft Clydesdales making beer deliveries in Australia began in the 1860s and were only replaced by motorised vans after World War II.

Mt Buller and the Mansfield region has a long tradition of horsemanship and was the location for the classic Man From Snowy River film.

The horses take part in more than 60 events around the country each year but this is a first to visit the snow.

‘‘They are a Scottish breed so the cold weather is something they are built for, but this is certainly something different for us,’’ Clydesdale team manager Glen Pate said.

‘‘It’s very special to bring them up the mountain for this delivery and it’s certainly the highest location we’ve been to.’’

It takes 45cm of steel to make each horseshoe for the Clydesdales and they get new shoes every five to six weeks.

Each horse in the team weighs about 850kg and the team moves about 5km/h.

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