Dedicated to the promotion of, and preserving the genetics of The Guy Fawkes Heritage Horses.
HISTORY OF THE GUY FAWKES HORSE
A study was commissioned into the heritage value of the horses in the park and found that that these horses have significant historical, military and cultural value. They are direct descendants of Australia's wartime cavalry horses, known as Walers. They are the only group of Australian Wild Horse to have this proven heritage value.
GFHHA have been actively rehoming hundreds of Heritage Horses every year since 2004 and reintroducing ordinary Australians to their sweet, loving temperaments, floating paces, loyalty and sure footedness
Long before The Guy Fawkes was a National Park it was inhabited by local graziers and from the early 1800’s to the 1940’s, horses were specifically bred for the remount trade. The Colony’s first exports were “War Horses” and in 1834 the first horses left Australia consigned the British Army in India. The Army’s criteria was that:
‘the horse be entire, sound in wind and limb, over 3 years and under 7 years, over 14hh and under 15hh, half thoroughbred and able to carry 17 stone.’
A good horse fitting the above description would fetch the breeder around 10 pounds – the equivalent of a year’s wages for most farmers. Pastoralists intentionally turned out well-bred stallions and mares in the wilderness areas, and a mixture of bloodlines were introduced to strengthen certain characteristics. Clydesdales were being used in the local timber industry and their genetics are clearly evident – bay horses with white blazes and feathers on their feet show their ancestry. A mob of creamy mares, descendants of Saladin – a sire of historical significance for the Australian Stock Horse Society – were introduced and today the buckskins and palominos are still present, representative of these bloodlines.
Over 320,000 horses left Australian shores with over 120,000 from NSW. It is the direct link with the horses drafted for use by the Australian Light Horse Brigade of World War I, which has secured the unique heritage value of the Guy Fawkes horses. The ancestors of the horses within the park carried the Australian Light Horse Brigade to victory in the great cavalry charge at Beersheba in 1917.