Heritage Stock Horse - Members are advised of changes to the eligibility criteria for Heritage Stock Horses which will be effective from 1st June 2021.  As a result of these changes, it may be that horses currently eligible for Heritage Stock Horse may not be eligible after the introduction of the new rules. Whilst the Society currently undertakes routine assessment of the eligibility of horses, this process will not be complete prior to the introduction of the new rules.  Accordingly, should members be concerned that their horses may not be eligible after the introduction of the new rules, they are invited to make application to the Society to undertake the assessment pursuant to the currently rules, at the cost of the applicant.


Heritage Stock Horses

Heritage Stock Horses - Recognising Traditional Breeds

The Australian Stock Horse Society is dedicated to preserving the heritage of the breed by recognising Registered Australian Stock Horses that have descended from the same breeds as horses ridden by the Australian Light Horse in WWI and breeds that resided in Australia prior to 1945.

Until June 2021
After June 2021

 

How to apply for Heritage Stock Horse Assessment

Members may lodge an HSH Assessment Application at any time, with the appropriate fee. Prior to submitting an application, we recommend that you review the horse’s details on the Online Stud Book to check that the horse has not been previously assessed. Assessment includes all Registered ASH ancestors within three generations.  Please refer to the Society’s Rules and Regulations for eligibility. 

Assessment Results

The lists below provide the assessment results for Registered Australian Stock Horses that have been manually assessed. The results are as follows:

Click here to download HSH Assessments – Names: A - C.
Click here to download HSH Assessments – Names: D - J.
Click here to download HSH Assessments – Names: K - Q.
Click here to download HSH Assessments – Names: R - Z.

Horses that have been automatically assessed are not included in these lists.

From 1st June 2021, all new assessments for horses who meet the criteria for Heritage Stock Horse or Stock Horse will be identified as follows:

  • Stud Book Registered Australian Stock Horses approved as eligible for HERITAGE STOCK HORSE will be identified through the horse’s name with the suffix - HSH.
  • Special Merit, Exceptional Circumstances, First or Second Cross Registered Australian Stock Horses approved as eligible for STOCK HORSE will be identified through the horse’s name with the suffix - SH

Automatically Eligible for Heritage Stock Horse

Horses are automatically eligible for Heritage Stock Horse if both sire and dam OR a full sibling has been HSH Approved. In which case, the following scenarios apply:

  • BOTH PARENTS being HSH, the Society will automatically update the progeny as HSH with the next batch of updates.
  • FULL SIBLING being HSH and one or both parents are not HSH, Members may submit a written request for HSH approval to the Society by including a copy of the Online Stud Book printout indicating HSH for the full sibling.

Registered Australian Stock Horses will be identified with a name suffix as follows:

HSH Heritage Stock Horse
SH Stock Horse
TB 100% Thoroughbred
MBP 100% Modern Breeds (introduced to Australia after 1945)
MB 50-100% Modern Breeds (introduced to Australia after 1945)
ABP 100% Approved Breeds (existing in Australia before 1945)
AB 50-100% Approved Breeds (existing in Australia before 1945)
UBP 100% Unknown Breeding (foaled after 1960)
UB 50-100% Unknown Breeding (foaled after 1960)
LH Limited Heritage (not eligible under any other code)


Horses with no name suffix have not been assessed.  At the completion of the calendar year, the following statistics were noted for Registered Australian Stock Horses that have been assessed manually or automatically:

Heritage Stock Horse Progress

  • With over 196,000 horses - only 30% have been assessed. 
  • In reviewing assessed horses, approximately 63% are HSH.
  • The Society continues to work in a cost effective manner and it will be an ongoing project for years to come.
  • Members may submit an application at any time - fee $30.

How to find a Heritage Stock Horse, Sire Registered, Australian Stock Horse Stallion*

Using the Online Stud Book, you may search the Society’s database for stallions that have been Heritage Stock Horse Approved by using the following search fields and data on the Society’s Online Stud Book:

Field Search Criteria
Name: %- HSH
Select if: Animal is a STALLION AND SIRE REGISTERED
Select if: Animal is COMPETITION ELIGIBLE

Leave other fields blank and click the SEARCH button.

*Note: NOT all Sire Registered ASH Stallions have been assessed for Heritage Stock Horse status. Only stallions that have been Approved as Heritage Stock Horse will be listed.

NOT Eligible - Prior to 1st June 2021

In BASIC TERMS and for simple assessment, the following pedigrees are examples of horses that are NOT eligible for HSH status:

  • Equivalent to 4/4 (100%) registered Thoroughbred bloodlines within two generations.
  • Exceeds the maximum of 1/4 (25%) Approved Breed bloodlines.
  • Exceeds the maximum of 1/8 (12.5%) Unknown Breed bloodlines.
  • Exceeds the maximum of 1/16 (6.25%) Modern Breed bloodlines.
  • Exceeds the maximum of 1/8 (12.5%) Combined Modern and Unknown Breed Bloodlines.

NOT Eligible - From to 1st June 2021

Special Merit, Exceptional Circumstances, First or Second Cross Registered Australian Stock Horses assessed after 1st June 2019 will  be assessed as Stock Horse – SH (not Heritage Stock Horse - HSH).  Additionally, in BASIC TERMS, the following pedigrees are examples of horses that are NOT eligible for HSH status:

  • Equivalent to or exceeds 2/4 (50%) registered Thoroughbred bloodlines within two generations.
  • Exceeds the maximum of 1/4 (25%) Approved Breed bloodlines.
  • Exceeds the maximum of 1/8 (12.5%) Unknown Breed bloodlines.
  • Exceeds the maximum of 1/16 (6.25%) Modern Breed bloodlines.
  •  Exceeds the maximum of 1/8 (12.5%) Combined Modern and Unknown Breed Bloodlines.