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Funeral Notice - Mr John Green

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Mr John Green, former Chairman of the ASHS Board and Honorary Life Member.

John served a total of 21 years on the Board and was Chairman from 1987-1991 and 2009-2011.

John passed away peacefully early Wednesday (Wednesday, 30th August) morning at Ipswich Hospital.

The Service will be conducted at 10am on Wednesday, 6th September 2017 at the Sylvan Funerals Chapel, 22 Warwick Road, Ipswich, QLD.

Funeral Notice - Miss Alexandra Henderson

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of the young ASHS Member, Miss Alexandra Henderson "Ally", of Esperance, WA.

Alexandra was a Member of the South West Branch and has been involved with livestock her whole life.

Alexandra had been studying equine science through Charles Sturt University, but had also studied units in criminology and law.

Alexandra tragically passed away on Tuesday, 1st August 2017.

ASHS Board of Directors - Office Bearers 2017/18

Following the ASHS AGM on Saturday, 29th July 2017, the Board of Directors held a 2 day Board Meeting, and the first agenda item was the election of Office Bearers for the 2017/18 year.

The results of which are as follows;

Chairman of the Board - Craig Young
Senior Vice Chairman - Larry Cutler
Junior Vice Chairman - Jenny Petrich
Treasurer - Jane Allen

Funeral Notice - Mr Graham Michael Atthow

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Mr Graham Atthow "Mike", the late husband of ASHS Honorary Life Member, Mrs Mary Ann Atthow.

Mike passed away on Tuesday, 1st August 2017.
A celebration of Mike's life is to be held at the Kilkivan Showgrounds, Kilkivan, QLD on Tuesday, 8th August 2017 at 11am.

The family has requested that donations in lieu of flowers to Little Haven Palliative Care would be greatly appreciated.

Funeral Notice - Mr Alex Braid

We are saddened by the news of the passing of one of the founding fathers of the Society in Alex Braid.

Mr Braid was instrumental in gathering together a group of enthusiasts to discuss the formation of a Society at the inaugural meeting on 28 April 1971. Mr Braid was voted in as the first Publicity Officer at a subsequent General Meeting of the Members.
Such was his contribution that Mr Braid was awarded one of the first Honorary Life Memberships in 1973.

We extend our heartfelt condolences to the Braid family.

Funeral Notice - Mr Brian Brooker

It is with much sadness that we advise of the passing of Mr Brian Brooker early on Sunday morning. Brian joined the Society in 1973 and served for many years with Hunter Branch and the NSW State Management Council. He was a passionate breeder of quality Australian Stock Horses and has registered over 200 horses in the ASHS Stud Book. The Main Camp horses regularly compete at State and National level in polocrosse and campdrafting. Brian’s commitment and service to the Society was recognised in 2012 when he was awarded Honorary Life Membership.

Brian will long be remembered for his generosity, and over the years he has provided horses to many polocrosse players and campdrafters. Brian was a highly respected cattle breeder and was awarded 50 Year Membership with Angus Australia in 2011. He was a regular cattle donor to local campdrafts, and Team Penning events and also supported local schools with quality Angus cattle for their Show Teams.

Brian’s funeral will be held at the Rouchel Uniting Church on Friday, 14th July at 11am. The service will be followed by a celebration of his life at the Rouchel School of Arts. The ASHS offers its deepest condolences to his wife Margaret and children James, Christine and Fiona; our thoughts are with you in your time of sorrow.

Funeral Notice - Mr Bob Palmer

It is with much sadness that we advise of the passing of Mr Bob Palmer on Friday evening at 6.20pm. Bob was an absolute icon in the sport of campdrafting, a renowned horseman and a long-term Member of the ASHS.

Bob is probably best remembered riding his legendary mare NABINABAH BREEZETTE – IM HSH. This duo is one of the greatest horse and rider combinations of all time and together they put together a list of achievements that is second to none.

Bob’s funeral will be held at the Quirindi Showground & Racecourse on Thursday, 22 June at 11am.

The ASHS offers its deepest condolences to the Palmer Family and our thoughts are with you in your time of sorrow.

Australian National Field Days

The Australian Stock Horse has been announced as the feature breed at this year’s Australian National Field Days, held on Thursday, 26th to Saturday, 28th October 2017 at Borenore (15km west of Orange, NSW).

Members and friends, please make sure to mark your calendars to visit us at the upcoming Australian National Field Days this October! Special merchandise offers, heritage exhibit, demonstrations and an exciting new Stan's Stable kids corner will offer something interesting for everyone.

USA Branch National ASH Show - ASHS Tour Group

Exciting news from our USA Branch in that they will be holding their 2017 National Show on Friday, 14th July 2017!

This event will precede the two-day ‘Rumble in the Rockies’ polocrosse carnival held in Colorado Springs.

A small delegation will be heading to the United States in support of this event, and we are keen to hear from any Members interested in attending as part of an Australian Stock Horse Society tour group?

Currently, this is scheduled to be a 12-day trip departing Sydney Saturday, 8th July and returning Wednesday, 18th July. If there is sufficient interest, we will work with a tour operator on an itinerary/package and advise the details.

Please send an expression of interest to by Friday, 12th May 2017.

2017 ASHS Board of Directors - Nomination Results

Dear Members,

2017 Director Elections for New South Wales (2 Vacancies), Queensland (1 Vacancy) and Victoria/South Australia/Tasmania (1 Vacancy) closed on Friday, 28th April 2017.

Nominations were received as follows:

WILSON, Michael

WELSH, Brett


No election is required in New South Wales as Michael Wilson and Robert Watchirs are the only two nominations and therefore are both ELECTED unopposed.

No election is required in Queensland as Brett Welsh is the only nomination and therefore ELECTED unopposed.

No election is required in Victoria/South Australia/Tasmania as Larry Cutler is the only nomination and therefore ELECTED unopposed.

Congratulations to Michael Wilson and Larry Cutler on their re-appointment for the next three years and a warm welcome to Robert Watchirs and Brett Welsh to the ASHS Board of Directors.

Also, sincere thanks to David Wilson and Huon Smith for their valuable contributions and both will continue in their current roles through our AGM in July.

Kind Regards,
David Gatwood - ASHS General Manager.

ASHS Membership Renewal Reminders

The Society has sent out the Membership Renewal Reminders for 2017.

If you do not have an email address on your Membership, you should receive a Renewal & Waiver in the post shortly. Please ensure that if you submit your Renewal & Waiver by mail, fax or email that they are signed by the appropriate Member. Members under 18yrs need to have their parent or guardian sign on their behalf. It is a legal requirement that the Renewal & Waiver is signed by all renewing Members.

Renewing online is simple, all you need is your Membership Number, Password and your Visa/MasterCard. If you don’t know your Membership Password you can reset it online.

You can check your Financial Status, Update Contact Details and/or Renew your Membership at

2017 ASHS National Youth Show Hosts Announced

The 2017 ASHS National Youth Show will be hosted by North West ASH Branch!

The Society are pleased to announce that the 2017 ASHS National Youth Show will be held from 3rd - 5th October at Narrabri Showgrounds, NSW.

ASHS National Show Youth Development Raffle - Winners

The Australian Stock Horse Society is pleased to announce the following prize winners of the Youth Development Raffle held throughout the duration of the ASHS National Show.

1st - $2,000 Helloworld Scone Travel Voucher: Felicity Green of Murray Bridge, SA
2nd - Red Tractor Designs Gift Pack: Michelle Shields
3rd - TuffRock, Animal Health International, The NRG Team and Oakwood Gift Pack: Shannon Murdoch
4th - Capriole Equestrian Deluxe Summer Rug: Melissa Griffiths
5th - The John Fahey Story: Natasha Holland of Young, NSW
6th - CAA Hats and Claudi's Creations Gift Pack: Ashlee Carrigan-Walsh of Camperdown, VIC

The Society would like to extend its sincere thanks to all the Sponsors who generously donated prizes to support ASHS Youth Development Programs.

Important Information for Fire Affected Farmers

Our thoughts are with those Members who have been affected by the bushfires across NSW and flooding in south west WA.

Assistance is available for farmers to help with livestock including vet assistance, destruction, burial and fodder.

To gain assistance with livestock, fodder or to report damage please phone 1800 814 647

Please click the below link for further information;

2017 Stan's Stable Membership

The new Stan’s Stable birthday gifts have just arrived for 2017. To be eligible to receive a birthday gift from Stan you must be a registered Stan’s Stable member and your ASHS Membership must be financial at the time of your birthday.

Stan’s Stable is open to ASHS Youth or Youth Participant Members under the age of 13 years. Youth Participant Members need to be linked to a financial Full Member.

Please contact the Member Services department if you have any questions.