August 29, 2014

Agricultural history in New Zealand. Herd testers. Photo album. Horses

By Dr Clive Dalton

These photos were found in an album in the  Livestock Improvement Corporation library at Newstead in Hamilton when I did the 4WRD exhibition at the Waikato Museum of Art and History in 2008.  It was the only archival material they had from the herd testing days.

It's clear from the photos that the horses were mainly ex harness pacers and trotters.  The style of the carts were interesting too, some with wooded wheels and iron tyres (ideal for the unsealed boggy roads), and others had been updated with rubber tyres for the tar seal.

Horse and herd tester unknown

Charlie Wolf with horse
Horse and location unknown
Horse and herd tester unknown
David Sinclair and horse Dale at Matamata 1962
Horse Tango

Female testers. One is Vicki Etheridge ??
Peter Copeman and his ex pacer Dick

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