Boonah horsing around at the 2019 Clydesdale Spectacular

BOONAH Showgrounds was a hive of activity today for day one of the largest heavy horse events in Australia, the Clydesdale Spectacular.

The event was a celebration of the heavy horses as well as the region's Scottish heritage with no shortage of kilts in the crowd for the Fassifern Highland gathering, which also featured haggis, whiskey bagpipes and drums.

In the lead up to the event, Clydesdale owner and local councillor Rick Stanfield said the show was about the history that the Fassifern region had with the clydesdales and the need to maintain the skills and traditions of working with them.

"People come and show their horses and their stud horses but we also bring together the ancillary trades which supported the horses historically - wheel writing, blacksmithing and harness making," he said.

"These skills are dying out and if we don't maintain them they will all die out because they're not being taught anymore."

The Clydesdale Spectacular continues tomorrow.