Clydesdales are distinguished by a combination of weight, size and activity, with exceptionally strong feet and limbs. The history of the Clydesdale breed dates back to the early part of the 18th century. Flemish stallions were imported into the Clyde valley area in Scotland, in an attempt to increase the size of the native draught horses.
The descriptive name "thoroughbred" is synonymous with racehorses. All thoroughbreds are reputed to trace their ancestry back to three eastern sires - the Darley Arabian, the Godolphin Barb and the Byerley Turk. New Zealand's temperate climate is an ideal environment for breeding thoroughbreds and the colour and spectacle of a race day is part of the New Zealand way of life.