|Design Size:||190 stitches high, 83 stitches wide||(14 count: 14" x 6" or approx. 34.5 cm x 15.5 cm)|
|(16 count: 12" x 5.5" or approx. 30.5 cm x 13.5 cm)|
|(18 count: 11" x 5" or approx. 27 cm x 12 cm)|
|Fabric Size:||Working on 14 count: No less than 20" x 15"||(48 cm x 30 cm)|
|Working on 16 count: No less than 18" x 11.5"||(46 cm x 29 cm)|
|Working on 18 count: No less than 17" x 11"||(43 cm x 28 cm)|
This breed of horse surely is the gentle giant of the animal kingdom. I was fortunate to grow up on the family property of Avondale, Miners Rest near Ballarat where we had a team of the wonderful creatures. As a tiny child I remember walking between their legs massive without fear.
My father, his father, and his father before him used them for hauling timber cut for firewood from the nearby forest, and for ploughing (plowing) and other heavy equipment.
I imagine that my great-grandfather William Ross and family took the original stock with them when they sailed for Australia from Liverpool in 1863.
The Clydesdale originates in the Clyde Valley, once known as Clydesdale, in the Scottish county of Lanarkshire. The Clydesdale is a very active animal and must have regular exercise. In the north of England and in Scotland they are still occasionally used for transporting timber, and for traditional farmwork. They are still in demand and exported to some European countries, as well as to the United States, Canada, South Africa and Australia.
Our subject, 'Norwood Brigadeen' of Queensdale Clyde Stud, was photographed by Ian Dann of the Gold Coast.