Todd River Downs

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Todd River Downs

Todd River Downs (TRD) is approximately 155km east of Alice Springs, a remote land trust at the edge of the Simpson Desert, Central Arrente country (the traditional owners are the Johnson family).

Todd River Downs came into being as a station in 1954 when the first government lease was granted. Previous to that it was Crown land without any grazing leases, possibly as it was so dry and remote. The people there were understandably hostile; and due to stock and people being speared, it was largely left alone in earlier times.

However, people did run stock there at times including horses, and excellent horses went wild there. Their bloodlines go back to the first horses of the Territory. TRD was previously part of the great Arltunga area where Warburton took top class horses to breed for the India trade. Later, coach and mine horses were run there – excellent coach services were run by the traditional owners through some of our toughest country.

The horses come in broken colours as well as solid – the colour diversity preserving yet more old genes. Many trace to ancient Spanish and Portuguese breeds in DNA ancestry tests, this shows significant Timor Pony influence.

Only three lots of horses have been extracted from TRD to date, the most recent in 2019 with all horses documented and DNA tested as it was a bespoke capture project.  We are still in the process of collecting records for the first two truckloads (2012) as they were meat-works loads headed for Peterborough SA (over 400 horses in total we think). Some young stock were taken out and rescued in Alice Springs (possibly 23?), with others then rescued at Echuca Sales in VIC we believe. Most that we know of were broken colours, the other solid coloured horses sadly deemed unfashionable it seems.

Read our comprehensive history of this station here.

NEWSFLASH! Great news for these old bloodlines. The Waler Horse Society of Australia is now accepting applications from members to register known TRD horses (May 2022). Young stallion Pinjee is the only stallion we know of from Todd River Downs, hence of great interest to the WHSA studbook.

Todd River Downs – 57 Horse Listings
Name (Also known as)
Gender
Acq. Year
Description
Testing
Registration
Deceased
Colour
Markings
Type
Parentage DNA
Breed Ancestry
Gelding
2012
Brown & White
Sthn Cross Brumby Reg
Gelding
2012
Bay & White
Sthn Cross Brumby Reg
Gelding
2012
Grey & White
Sthn Cross Brumby Reg
Mare
2012
Grey
Blaze, hind socks
Sthn Cross Brumby Reg
Mare
2019
Brown
mealy muzzle
Light
WHSA
Colt
2019
Chestnut
Blaze, Socks, NS
Light
Mare
2019
Grey
White face
Light
Mare
2012
Brown
Blaze, body flash & sock
Light
Sthn Cross Brumby Reg
Cambo (Blue)
Gelding
2019
Grey
Light
Clipper (Lucy)
Mare
2019
Grey
Medium
Mare
2019
Brown/Black
Star
Light
Finke (Digby)
Gelding
2019
Brown
Unusual blaze, sock, NSH
Light
Mare
2012
Grey & White
Colt
2019
Black
White star
Light
Ginger (Sandy)
Mare
2019
Chestnut
Blaze, blonde mane and tail
Light
Mare
2019
Chestnut
Pony
WHSA
Mare
2019
Bay
Large stripe running into snip
Light
WHSA
Mare
2012
Bay & White
Sthn Cross Bumby Reg
Gelding
2012
Grey & White
Sthn Cross Brumby Reg
Mare
2014
Grey & White
Sthn Cross Brumby Reg
Gelding
2012
Brown & white
Sthn Cross Brumby Reg
Mare
2012
Chestnut & White
Sthn Cross Brumby Reg
Gelding
2014
Chestnut & White
Sthn Cross Brumby Reg
Mare
2012
Brown & White
Sthn Cross Brumby Reg
Gelding
2012
Pinto
Medium
Sthn Cross Brumby Reg
Mare
2012
Brown & White
Sthn Cross Brumby Reg
Gelding
2012
Grey and White
Now all white
Medium
Sthn Cross Brumby Reg
Mare
2012
Black/ grey
Star, 3 stockings, sock nearside front
Sthn Cross Brumby Reg
NT Miraki (Miri)
Gelding
2012
Chestnut & White
Sthn Cross Brumby Reg
Mare
2012
Grey & White
Sthn Cross Brumby Reg
Mare
2012
Chestnut & White
Sth Cross Brumby Reg
NT Pangari (Gary)
Gelding
2012
Grey & White
Sthn Cross Brumby Reg
Mare
2012
Chestnut & White
Sthn Cross Brumby Reg
Gelding
2012
Chestnut & White
Sthn Cross Brumby Reg
Mare
2012
Grey & White
Sthn Cross Brumby Reg
Mare
2012
Chestnut & White
Sthn Cross Brumby Reg
NT Warrigal (Warri)
Gelding
2012
Grey & White
Medium
Sthn Cross Brumby Reg
NT Warrtarka (Wacky)
Mare
2012
Grey
Hind socks, blaze
Sthn Cross Brumby Reg
Mare
2012
Bay
Stripe & snip, Hind socks
Sthn Cross Brumby Reg
Pascha (Bluegum)
Mare
2019
Brown
Blaze, sock, NSH with ermine spots
Light
Colt
2019
Black and white
Light
Mare
2012
Bay & White
Gelding
2019
Bay
Light
Pinjee (Benjie)
Stallion
2019
Red dun
Wither cross, knee stripes, dorsal stripe, mask on face
Light
WHSA
Colt
2019
Brown
White star, sock, NSH
Light
Colt
2019
Chestnut and White
Medium
Mare
2019
Brown
Star and stripe, snip, 2 socks, HS
Light
Mare
2019
Brown
Sock, OSH
Light
Stallion
2012
Bay
Sthn Cross Brumby Reg
Gelding
2012
Buckskin
Sthn Cross Brumby Reg
Gelding
2012
Black
Sthn Cross brand
Sthn Cross Brumby Reg
Colt
2019
Black and White
Half star and stripe, black NSH
Light
Colt
2019
Brown and white
Small Star
Light
Tommy (Ed)
Gelding
2019
Bay
Socks NSF, OSH
Light
WHSA
Mare
2019
Brown
Star and race, snip, 4 socks
Light
WHSA
Mare
2012
Bay & White
White legs
Twilight (Tanami)
Mare
2012
Grey & White
Medium

Posted by Janet Lane

Rare breeds advocate, and Waler researcher and owner/advocate since the 1980s.