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Welcome to Clinton, where there is more than meets the eye!
Clinton is a small town located in South Otago. On 'The Presidential Highway' (Thanks to Bill Clinton and Al Gore), it lies between Balclutha and Gore, with the Main South Line railway
It was named for Henry Pelham-Clinton, the fifth Duke of Newcastle, former British Secretary of State for the Colonies.
It is mainly known as the 'pass-through' town, if you are heading further afield; however if you stay a while, you may just learn of the treasures it holds...
Clinton, the FIVE horse town and its creator
If you have visited or passed through Clinton, you are sure to have seen the horse sculptures taking pride of
place along the main street.
By JENNA VAN DER HOORN
Five horses stand tall under a shelter, and if
you haven't had your picture taken with
these beauties, then why not pay a visit
and obtain a memory?
These horses are known as Scottish Clydesdale
draught horses, and they are considered the
'gentle giant' of the horse world. Their size,
strength and temperate manner made them
the most popular animal for hauling wagons
and pulling ploughs and a range of other
At 17-19 hands, a mature male had the ability
to haul heavy loads, and weighing 800-1000kg,
they were a preferred choice.
However, with the changing of times and the
upgrading of technology, trucks, tractors and
trains became more popular and soon,
Clydesdale horses were not used at all.
This monument in Clinton lies as a testament to
the debt farmers owed to these gentle giants,
until technology saw them redundant.
The Clydesdale sculptures were the brain child
and creation of Clinton man Dave Mackie, who
is a talented painter, sculptor and all-round
As part of the 25th anniversary of the Lions
Club in approximately 1992, it was decided that
something was needed to mark the occasion.
Dave brought up the idea of creating a
Clydesdale sculpture but the idea was turned
down - even after he offered to make them.
Time went by and the idea was brought up
again by another member, and it was finally
decided these sculptures would come into
fruition. Dave was either going to make one
very large one, or two standard sized horses,
but he ended up creating three.
There was approximately 200 hours put into
each of the horses, with 20 pieces of 20 foot
length steel in each horse, as well as welding
into the shape of a horse with bird netting,
plaster, concrete, waterproof silicon and lastly,
They were a fantastic addition to Clinton, and
Dave had created an absolute masterpiece.
Many years later, the wagon in which the
Clydesdales were situated with, needed repairs.
It cost $8000 to fix the body of the wagon and it
was decided to add a shelter over these horses
to protect the wagon. With this shelter, came
the addition of two more Clydesdale horses -
bringing the total to five.
Dave thoroughly enjoyed creating these horses,
having been interested in moulding clay,
sculpturing and painting from the age of five.
He is now in his final editing stages of a book
featuring a range of details from his life. From
the family to farm life, farm politics, poetry on
politics, paintings and his adoption, it will make
an interesting read should Dave decide to
''There's a bit about everything,'' he says.
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