Avoca Park was built on the brilliance of one horse, both in temperament and ability. That horse was Avoca Black Saint. His willingness to please, allowed him to move through the dressage grades and become something he was not meant to be – a Grand Prix dressage horse.
Black Saint was purchased in 1991 as a 5yo initially to show jump but this was not successful due to his spookiness. We then tried him at eventing where we had a little more success but he was too slow. Finally, in 1995, we decided that dressage was to bee his career. By 2001 he was graded Grand Prix, having represented both Victoria at State and National level and Australia in the World Dressage Challenge.
Black Saint is by a Thoroughbred stallion called Delamore Echo and out of a Clydesdale mare by the name Clompy. In 2002 we were fortunate enough to also purchase Black Saint’s full sister Matilda, allowing us to keep this amazing blood line going.
In 1994 we decided to breed again to Delamore Echo, so we leased a lovely Clydesdale cross mare named Gravanne Rose. She, at this stage, had a 3 day old colt foal at foot. This foal was later to become Avoca Cardinal and so our breeding program had begun, beginning Avoca Park Clydesdale Performance Horses’ Stud.
Grevanne Rose went off to stud to breed with Delamore Echo and in 1996 has a brown filly that was named Avoca Eclipse. Avoca Eclipse has since competed at Prix st George and Intermediate I and is now a beloved school horse of Avoca Park.