Buy/Sell Horse

For CONTINUITY OF REGISTRATION, the change of Registered Owner must be completed on Society records. To ensure the transfer is finalised, we provide the following important points:


  1. SALE AGREEMENT - The Society recommends written agreements prior to purchase, listing the terms and conditions of sale, all parties to sign the agreement. Members may seek assistance from a legal advisor to form an agreement.
  2. SIGNED TRANSFER - The Nominee for the Last Registered Owner of the horse must sign the Transfer Application and vendor to return it to the Society once the sale obligations are finalised (after payment for purchase has cleared). Signature on the application must coincide with the last Registered Owner on Society records. If the horse is purchased by multiple members as new owners, a Syndicate Transfer Application must be completed.
  3. CERTIFICATE - The vendor must return the signed Transfer Application with the horse’s original Certificate of Registration to the Society once the sale obligations are finalised.
  4. FINANCIAL MEMBER - The New Owner must be a Financial Member of the Society. Transfers will not be effected to unfinancial or non-members of the Society.
  5. TRANSFER FEE - Payment of the transfer fee (Australian Dollars) is an agreement between the vendor and purchaser. If payment is not received from the Vendor, it will be assumed the purchaser will pay the fee.

Once the signed Transfer Application is received, the horse’s registration will be transferred from the vendor’s membership and held suspended until such times as the transfer to the new owner is finalised. When finalised, the Certificate of Registration will be released to the New Owner.


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Types of Transfer Applications include:

  • Single - One horse transferred to another membership (Transfer Application).
  • Bulk - Four or more horses transferred to another single membership (multiple Transfer Applications).
  • Syndicate - One horse transferred to a Syndicate of multiple memberships (Syndicate Transfer Application).

A transfer fee applies to both transfer of horses and embryos.  Reduced rates for transfer apply if the new owner is a member of the Society under the age of 25 yrs.  Reduced rates also applies for Bulk Transfers, unlimited transfers submitted together, from one Vendor directly to one New Owner.

Sold your Horse?

As the vendor, submit the Transfer Application and the Certificate of Registration when the horse is sold.  The Transfer Application should clearly identify the purchaser with a name and address.  Do not rely on the purchaser to notify the Society or submit forms.

A Transfer Application is required whether the purchaser is a current financial member of the Society or not.  If the purchaser is not a member, the Society will contact them in this regard.  This simple step may prevent you from being involved in a future dispute relating to the horse’s ownership.

Until the Society has been advised the horse has changed hands, you could be held responsible for the horse’s activities and/or care.  Should the horse be drug tested, be involved in an accident or be mistreated, you may be considered to be responsible as the registered owner.  Submitting the transfer is for your own protection.

Submitting the Transfer Application is easy and payment of the transfer fee is an agreement between the vendor and purchaser as to who pays the fee.  If the vendor is paying, include the payment with the transfer.  Otherwise, forward the transfer without payment and the purchaser will be contacted in this regard.

Where to Buy a Horse

Horses are offered for sale either privately, directly dealing with the owner, or through a private auction. To buy a horse privately, contact a breeder, trainer or owner.  Horses may be advertised on the internet, in print media (newspapers and magazines) or through social media.  Sometimes word of mouth or a direct offer to an owner will result in a purchase.  Breeders and trainers may have horses available at regular intervals and inspection of horses can be privately arranged.

Alternatively, you could purchase a horse through a public auction.  Either contact a livestock agent with your enquiry or look for an upcoming sale being advertised on the internet or in print media. 

We would recommend you talk to an experienced horse person for advice and to obtain contacts in this regard.

Purchaser Notice

We recommend that all persons read and understand the Society’s policies as detailed in the Purchaser’s Notice. It provides important information in regards to responsibilities, guarantees, expectations, advice and the like.

Click here to download Purchaser Notice.

Buyers Guide

People of all ages can enjoy horse ownership and often find it a very rewarding experience, being able to participate in a wide variety of activities, including shows, campdrafts, pleasure rides and polocrosse.

With the purchase of your first horse is the commencement of a new experience. Your purchase creates a lifetime of horseback experiences, which requires equal amounts of education and dedication.  The Buyers Guide provides tips on the following:

Why do I want a horse?
Categorise your riding skills
What maintenance and equipment is needed? 
Where to find a horse for purchase
What to look for when inspecting a horse
Questions to ask the vendor
What price should I pay?
When closing the deal

Click here to download the Buyers Guide.

Horse Identification Verification

The Society recommends members view the horse’s Certificate of Registration prior to sale and verify the horse’s identity - colour, markings, brands and identifying marks with the horse being sold. Horses may be REJECTED from events (including Approved Sales) if the Society Inspectors responsible for checking the identity of the horse have detected any of the following:

  • The white markings described on the horse’s registration papers are not visible for the specified body part on the horse presented for inspection.
  • The horse has white markings that are not indicated on the horse’s registration papers for the specific body part.
  • None of the brands described on the horse’s registration papers are clearly visible on the horse presented.
  • The visible brand on the horse presented is not identical to the brand described on the horse’s registration papers.

The Society Inspectors must REJECT a horse from an ASH event (including an Approved ASH Sale) if the identity of the horse is not acceptable under the Brands and Markings Policies. The Brands and Markings Policies stipulate the Society’s requirements and situations whereby a horse would be REJECTED from an ASH event.

Horse's Value

An individual horse's value is outside the Society's jurisdiction. To value a specific horse you would be best contacting a local bloodstock agent to assist you in this regard. The value of a horse greatly depends on age, breeding, sex, temperament, broken-in or unbroken, level of education and experience, ability, the horse and its ancestors' standard of performance, number of successful equine disciplines, condition, health, registration status and the like. The price of a horse will also vary depending on whether the horse is offered privately or at auction, how the horse is demonstrated and the standard of professionalism by the person offering the horse for sale.

In relation to Approved ASH Sales, you may contact the agents from these sales to obtain sale prices for your records. However, it would be difficult to evaluate these prices without knowing all the information on the horse concerned. Alternatively, an experienced local horseperson familiar with this type of request may be able to evaluate the horse on your behalf.

How do I find out sale prices?  The Society does not record individual sale prices.  In the case of Approved ASH Sales, this information may be obtained from the Horses for Sale page on our website.