About us

A Few Words About Southern Cross Heavy Horses

Southern Cross Shires

We are a family based stud located in the beautiful West Gippsland area of Victoria. We are dedicated to the Shire and Percheron horses. Our family was originally from a farming background that used heavy horses.

Times have moved on, however, we believe the Horse to be the most noble of all farm animals and the Shire to be the most magnificent of the species.


Southern Cross Farms, Darnum

Please contact us prior to your visit to ensure that we have sufficient time to devote to your requirements.

Our Philosophy

At Southern Cross Heavy Horses, we constantly strive to provide excellent service to our clients in every area.

From the first point of contact right through to help and advise with pregnancies and foals, we take great pride in providing the best possible service to you. With the technology advances available through frozen semen, our competition is the world, and so it is our goal to bring the best horse genetics in the world to you.

Our breeding program aims to produce horses of exceptional quality, with natural talent to match the best in the heavy horse world. It is vital that we keep improving the standard of horses produced through each generation, to ensure our Australian bred horses are both competitive here and overseas.

Our Imports

Breeding quality horses can only be achieved through quality parents. Both the sire and the dam need generations of proven bloodlines behind them. Their type, movement, temperament and trainability are also vitally important in determining how their offspring are likely to perform.

Our foundation broodmares carry the proven bloodlines of many of the great shires of the past. Over the last few years have been importing mares from the United Kingdom carrying the bloodlines of some of the world’s highest regarded Shires.

These mares have been incorporated into our breeding program and bred to the best Shire stallions using natural service and frozen semen from leading United Kingdom Shire stallions.

Quality and not quantity is our focus and is paramount to the continual improvement of the breeds of horses in Australia.

Our Aims

To be pre-eminent in Shires and Percheron throughout Australia and to be well respected throughout the equine world.

We will achieve this by:

1.The quality of our Shire and Percheron Horses
2.The genetic superiority of our bloodlines
3.The integrity of our information, advice and service to customers