Gentle giant strides into Gatton

IT’S not every day you come face to nose with a world record holder, particularly one who weighs 1.5 tonnes and loves liquorice.

On Saturday the world’s tallest horse, Luscombe Nodram or Noddy for short, was the star of the national Clydesdale and Heavy Horse Field Days at Gatton.

The seven-year-old horse stands at 20.2 hands high (2.05 metres) and weighs three times more than the average thoroughbred racehorse.

“We need a special Noddy Truck to transport him,” owner Jane Greenman said.

The gentle giant has been on a road trip from his home in Gippsland, Victoria, which has included two weeks as one of the main attractions at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

Mrs Greenman said her “baby” was a Shire horse, an endangered breed of heavy horse, and was one of only about 2000 left in the world.

She said she bought Noddy from a Gold Coast hinterland breeder when he was six months old to be a working horse, with the weekend appearance his first trip back to Queensland.

Mrs Greenman said Noddy had mainly appeared at Melbourne horse shows and attracted a huge reaction when he was displayed.

“People are a bit overawed when they see him, especially the children,” Mrs Greenman said.

“Their eyes light up and the expression on their face is gorgeous.”

She said Noddy enjoyed being a “star”, but joked he would have a hard time getting back into his working life on the farm.

“He doesn’t mind the attention at all,” Mrs Greenman said.

“You can’t train that. It is just his natural disposition.”

Mrs Greenman said Noddy came from a long line of tall horses – his great grandsire Ladbrook Invader stood at 19.2 hands and was listed in the Guinness Book of Records in 1981 as the world’s tallest horse.

Event promoter Peter Creagh of Tailwind Promotions said the annual field days had also featured the Carlton Clydesdales and the Cobb and Co coach as well as a wide range of other demonstrations, competitions, parades and the draught horse shoeing world championship.

The field days have been held for more than 30 years and this year’s event featured 150 heavy horses, including Australian draught horses, Clydesdales, Percherons and Shires.

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