TWO of the four Aussie delegates attending the World Percheron Congress in the US this year are from the Scenic Rim.
Kirsty McKenna from Beaudesert’s Outlook Stables and Wayne Barnett from Kerry’s High Noon Heavy Horses will be at the congress along with fellow Australians Clint Kenny and Helen Perry.
Ms McKenna is registrar of the Percheron Horse Breeders Association of Australia and Mr Barnett is PHBAA secretary.
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Ms McKenna said the group would not be taking horses to the congress but the international event was a good opportunity for the Australian contingent, especially in the interests of widening the Percheron gene pool at home.
“They have asked Clint and myself to take part in opening ceremonies, marching with the Australian flag,” she said.
“There will be two official delegates from 10 different countries at the congress, so hopefully we will be able to hang out with other breeders to identify stallions and potentially import their frozen semen.”
Ms McKenna said she had imported an American mare who was about to foal but there were challenges in finding unrelated Percherons in Australia.
“It is quite a rare breed so it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find horses who are not related,” she said.
She said both she and Mr Barnett would arrive a few days before the congress and take the opportunity to attend the popular Waverly Midwest Horse Sale.
“So we will have a bit of a road trip while we are there too,” she said.
“We can’t wait. We are really excited.”