The Garden Station is North East of Alice Springs, in the MacDonnell ranges. In 1934 Mr Robb of JE Robb & Sons (SA shippers trading in remounts) said, in discussion of breeding horses in the Alice Springs area, that there were some station owns who had specialised in producing high quality horses. “Mr J. Turner of the Garden Station, Mr Cavanaugh of Ambalindum and Mr Bloomfield of Loves Creek Station now have ideal types for artillery remounts”. Dave Berman (NTCC) said in 1994 that these horses remained undiluted by modern bloodlines. The Garden concentrated mainly on heavy work types but did ultiise the thorough-bred in their bloodlines. Pistol, son of Carbine, ran on the Garden Station at one time. The Garden horses recorded here were bought in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s from saleyards in Alice Springs. A government program to get rid of brumbies under the TB-Brucellosis eradication program meant they were going to the meatworks in unprecedented numbers and there was a chance to save a few to continue their old Australian bloodlines. Reg Wilson, then a surveyor from Darwin, knew the area and personally contacted station managers to ensure the horses were of old background without new blood. By having horses with the earliest connections to those brought to South Australia and the Territory, the Garden horses have a great genetic legacy. More information on the history of the Garden horses is to be found in the Station & Breed History section of the website.
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|Mister Sam Nicker||Stallion||?||Bay||Heavy||WHSA|
|Mont Cheval (Monty)||Mare||1988||Black||Light 14.1hh||WHSA|
|Noble Comrade||Stallion||1993||Dark Bay||WHSA|
|Sergeant Small||Stallion||1991 Tas.||Bay||Pony||WHSA||Yes|