Why and what is this site about? A group of people with Walers, growing old themselves, realised that there are no records of all Walers saved since 1986. To date no studbooks have been put on line or made available to the public. Many horses were not registered with either breed association. As a result, it is hard to determine how many are about.
Hence the creation of the Data Base.
The goal is to draw on collective memory and create a publically available record of all known Walers. Anyone is welcome to submit material to the database – information about individual horses, breed history, material related to foundation properties, photographs – all this adds to the richness of the data base and to the preservation of this rare and important breed. Those of you who are fortunate enough to own a Waler can check the record and explore the breeding and history of your horse. The record will also help to prevent inadvertent inbreeding.
The database does not operate in competition with either of the breed associations. Nor is registration with a breed association necessary to be listed. The background of all horses included on the database has been thoroughly checked to ensure that they are either from foundation properties with a documented history of breeding Walers where the horses have remained isolated and continued to breed true or that they are the descendants of these foundation horses. Jacqui Kindblad and Janet Lane, scrutinise all material which is submitted to the database and answer queries on behalf of the team.
In addition to the important task of listing these horses, the database provides information on the stations they came from, their background and history. There are personal stories, photographs of past and present. This is a work in progress so please send in any Waler details you recall. Offer advice, corrections, photographs and stories.
Welcome – we hope you enjoy browsing the site. Come back often. Tell your friends and be an advocate for our wonderful Australian Waler horse.