For this husband and wife team, a short trip into town can take a few hours of transport preparation.

For the last 38 years Stephen and Jan Johnson have been breeding and working Clydesdales and Australian
Draught horses on their stud farm on the sunny shores of Lake Cargelligo.

"I had a bit of an experience as a child with horses so we bought our first draught horse - and that was the start of it. So it was a little bit of a hobby and the hobby just sort of went out of control and now it's a lifestyle and a passion," says Stephen.

The couple look after 12 horses on their property which includes two stallions, a gelding and 9 mares.
Throughout the years they have taken their prized horses to the local agricultural shows, entertaining crowds with demonstrations of farming methods from a bygone era.

Visitors to the Johnson's stud will see vintage wagons and pieces of old farm machinery that are still in use. There's even a horse-drawn chaff cutter set up in the backyard.

Stephen says that although 8 weeks is the bare minimum to train a new horse to perform work in the paddocks, it can take up to between 12 to 24 months to properly train one to a level where it can be comfortable in public settings especially around large crowds.

To work the animals or take them out for a walk to town, Stephen and Jan must first groom and harness the horses before positioning them in front of the wagon or machinery. All up the process can take up to 2 hours.

For Stephen, this lengthy process is all part of the joy of working with the animals.

"I like the steadiness of it, the quietness and working with the animals. We put a lot of hours in together and I get the good reward from it - I can't explain it really, it's just a passion. Someone's got motorbikes and rides them about, people got speed boats and do that, I do horses, that's my calling."

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