The Clydesdale is a breed of draught horse derived from the farm horses of Clydesdale, Scotland, and named after that region. Although originally one of the smaller breeds of draught horses, it is now a tall breed. Often bay in colour, they show significant white markings due to the presence of sabino genetics. The breed was originally used for agriculture and haulage, and is still used for draught purposes today. The Budweiser Clydesdales are some of the most famous Clydesdales, and other members of the breed are used as drum horses by the British Household Cavalry. They have also been used to create and improve other draught breeds.

As well as being driven, some Clydesdales are used for riding and can be shown under saddle.


This year there will not be a Clydesdale Section at Horse of the Year due to the limited numbers of entries received. Next year we look forward to more Clydesdale competitors entering in 2016.

Please note all entries received will be refunded.

Note: Clydesdale section trying to encourage more entries to enable them to continue next year.

Please support them with more entries and sponsorship.

We wish to thank the following photographers for their images used on this website (all images are subject to copywright rules and regulations):

  • Barbara Thomson
  • Diana Black Design
  • Kampic Photography
  • Take the Moment

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