WE DID IT AUSTRALIA!
On Sunday (4 May 2014) the World Record for Heavy Horses Ploughing was set at the “Woo Back!” Event on a property in Yass Valley, New South Wales, Australia.
Twenty-eight heavy horses, in pairs or singly, tilled the ground with antique ploughs. A crowd of over 5000 spectators braved the autumn chill to watch the record go down in history!
The feat has now been set in the Guinness Book of World Records for “The greatest number of horse drawn ploughmen/women to plough a paddock at the same time.”
They came from near and far across the country – from the city and the town, across the ranges and the paddocks – and that was just our family!
The giant horses lined up before the crest of the turned paddock, facing into the chill wind. Leather collars and harnesses with brasses and silver shone under heavy skies.
The crowd huddled by the marshal’s stand and stretched down the paddock, lining the fences.
Bagpipes echoed across the green hills. Then a young voice’s sweet tones called a hush over the crowd singing “Amazing Grace” and the Australian national anthem, “Advance Australia Fair”.
A school bell rang out to mark the start.
Twenty-eight Clydesdales, Shires, Draught Horses, Cobs and other heavy breeds pulled at their horse collars and plodded over the rise to the edge of the paddock and then turned back on their own furrows.
All manner of reconditioned ploughs, harrows, and scarifiers tasted the dirt again, some after lying idle for a generation. Some of the ploughs had even been used on the “Willow Vale” property by the father of the current owner.
What a truly magnificent sight! History in the making and living history.
A glorious tribute to the farming pioneers of this country and a fascinating showcase for the beautiful horses.
Congratulations to all four-legged and two-legged participants!!
More photos of the “Woo Back!” Event will follow, including antique farm machinery, carriages and vintage tractors.
The Woo Back! event was held at “Willow Vale”, Hardwicke Lane, Yass, NSW, Australia on 4 May 2014
“Willow Vale” property near Yass, New South Wales, Australia
For more information on WOO BACK! 2014 see the official website and Facebook page:
For the TV news coverage of the World Record go to:
Heavy horses set a new ploughing record in Yass.
Big Horses – Big Hearts
ABC News (online),