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2018 ASHS Annual General Meeting

The 2018 Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday, 28th July 2018 at Oaks on Collins, 480 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria. Registrations and morning tea will commence at 9:30am with the Meeting to commence at 10am.

The Notice of Meeting containing Resolutions and Proxy Forms will be available to members 21 days prior to the meeting. Proxy Forms and Questions on Notice Forms will also be available on our website.

If you have any questions regarding the Meeting please contact Lynne O’Connor at Head Office on (02) 6545 1122 or email

ASHS Art Union Raffle Winners

All proceeds from the Art Union Raffle will go to supporting and developing the Society’s Youth Programs such as the Annual National Youth Point Score, Youth Camps and Clinics, the National Youth Exchange Program and Stan’s Stable Kids Club. The Society promotes and supports Youth Members who compete in a wide range of equine disciplines throughout Australia and overseas. The ASHS is constantly developing and improving our programs and initiatives to maximise opportunities for our Youth Members both Nationally and Internationally.

Congratulations to the following Raffle winners:
1st: Oliver Gray, Warwick QLD (Isuzu D-Max)
2nd: Stephen Dobinson, Talmalmo NSW (UHD TV)
3rd: Danielle Ternes, Jindabyne NSW ($500 ASHS Gift Pack)

The Society would like to thank all those who supported our Youth Members via the Art Union Raffle.

ASHS Stud Book - Compulsory Tests For Genetic Disorders

Some Australian Stock Horses have been identified as carriers of HERDA - Hereditary Equine Regional Dermal Asthenia. It is a severe skin disorder, causing blistering and lesions, leading to secondary infections and early death. HERDA can be traced through Quarter Horse lineage to a mare called Miss Taylor (born in the USA in 1933), the dam of influential Quarter Horse sire, Poco Bueno. Members should research the disorder before breeding. The AQHA requires horses to be tested and results are available on the AQHA database.

On 9th March, the ASHS Board discussed Genetic Disorders and how to manage them - OLWS, HYPP, HERDA, PSSM1, MH, GBED. They agreed, management is paramount. For further information and key points relating to sire registered stallions, progeny of horses testing positive (carrier or affected) and registration of progeny born after 1st August 2020 (must be negative) as adopted by the Board - click here.

Stallion Owners Notice

  • All Sire Registered stallions must be tested for Genetic Disorders by 1st August 2019. Results will be noted on the horse’s registration. 
  • Stallions or colts being Sire Registered will require Genetic Disorder Testing.  Any horse returning a Positive Test (carrier or affected) will be REJECTED for Sire Registration.
  • Stallion owners can test their stallions now, enabling results to be disclosed to mare owners before mating.

Draft Proposal For Stud Book Changes - 2018 AGM

The Board are reviewing ways of improving the integrity of the Society’s Stud Book. Part of these discussions, include a vision to introduce a Breeding Appendix for mares and stallions. As a result of these discussions, a special resolution will be presented to Members at the 2018 Annual General Meeting to remove Clause 11, STUD BOOK of the SOCIETY’S CONSTITUTION in its entirety and a replacement clause has been drafted and is currently available for Members to review.  

Click to view the current Constitution for The Australian Stock Horse Society

Click to view the recommended replacement clause

Click for further information on the introduction of a Breeding Appendix

The draft changes to the Constitution will be finalised at the May Board Meeting as a Special Resolution for the 2018 Annual General Meeting. The resolution adopted by the Board at the May Meeting will be presented to the Members at the 2018 Annual General Meeting for Members to vote.

Funeral Notice - Mr William Wilson (Bill)

It is with much sadness that we advise of the passing of Mr William Wilson of Gloucester, New South Wales.

William who was known as Bill, joined the Society in 1972. He was a Gold Member of the Society and a passionate breeder of Australian Stock Horses under the KYWONG Prefix.

Directors and staff of the Australian Stock Horse Society would like to offer their sincere condolences to the family.

Our thoughts are with Bill's family at this time.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Bill's Funeral Service to be held in the Cattle Pavilion, Gloucester Showground, Gloucester on Monday, 12th March 2018 commencing at 11am.

Funeral Notice - Mr Fraser Ramsey

It is with much sadness that we advise of the passing of Mr Fraser Ramsey of Casino, New South Wales. Directors and staff of the Australian Stock Horse Society would like offer condolences to the family.

Fraser joined the Society in 1972. He was a Gold Member of the Society and a passionate breeder of Australian Stock Horses. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.

His service will be held Friday, 16th February 2018 at 11am at the Casino Showground.