Mark Porter - Asterisk Horse Collars & Harness
Mark Porter commenced his apprenticeship as a collar and harness-maker with Tim Peel (formerly of Camden and now of Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia) in October 1981. After completing and gaining his trade certificate (Number CS9460) he continued to work for Tim as an improver – a total of approximately fifteen years.
Asterisk Horse-collars & Harness was established in 1996.
The business manufactures and repairs all types of collars and harness, and also does general saddlery repair work. Goods are manufactured to three grades:
Show quality: “The Champion's Choice”
Made using the best quality leather and fittings available. This is the ultimate in finish and style and is handcrafted to the highest possible standard by a qualified tradesman, to satisfy the most discerning of Royal Show turnout judges;
Dress quality: Harness of a standard between Show and Work.
Made from the best materials, but is simpler in style and finish than Show harness. Ideal for public outings, street parades, local shows, etc;
Strong, basic and serviceable, without expensive finishes. Made for day-to-day use by the working harness horse person.
It must be emphasized, however, that all harness manufactured by this business is made to the highest possible standards of quality and safety, commensurate with the price.
Pictured top right: Mark Porter hand-sewing, with black-waxed thread, at his work-bench in Currawarna
Pictured bottom right: Mark Porter stuffing a long-straw collar rim in the Collar Bin. The straw used is cereal rye, or rye-corn (Secale cereale)