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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.

Membership Early Bird Draw

Congratulations to the following winners of our 2016 Early Bird Draw. Each winner received a $250 EFTPOS Gift Card, those Members who renewed online also received an additional $150 ASHS Gift Card.

Week 1 Winner: Mr Richard Badior, Raymond NSW - EFTPOS Gift Card
Week 2 Winner: Mrs Robyn Carr, Wandoan QLD - EFTPOS & ASHS Gift Cards
Week 3 Winner: Mrs Raylene Abraham, Texas QLD - EFTPOS Gift Card
Week 4 Winner: Mrs Kate Gordon, Cudal NSW - EFTPOS & ASHS Gift Cards
Week 5 Winner: Mrs Marie Sutton, Glenmorgan QLD - EFTPOS Gift Card
Week 6 Winner: Mrs Sue Maughan, Hopeland  WA - EFTPOS & ASHS Gift Cards

Society Notice - Mr Terry Blake

It is with sadness that we advise that Honorary Life Member, Terry Blake of Muswellbrook NSW, passed away in the early hours of Wednesday, 2nd March 2016. He was a Foundation Member of the Society and a prominent breeder of Australian Stock Horses, well-known for his Rosebrook horses. Terry would be one of the Society’s largest breeders with over 760 horses with the Rosebrook prefix on Society records. His horses have competed successfully in the show ring, polocrosse and campdraft arenas at local, State and National level.

Terry's funeral will be held at 2pm on Tuesday, 8th March 2016 at St. James Catholic Church in Muswellbrook.

Our sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Membership Renewal Early Bird Draw

Congratulations to all the Early Bird Draw winners;
Week 1 Winner -
 Mr George Caffyn of Berkshire Park (NSW, Australia).
Week 2 Winner - Mrs Kelsey Stevenson of Katherine (NT, Australia).
Week 3 Winner - Mrs Zoe O'Neill of Charters Towers (QLD, Australia). 
Week 4 Winner - Mrs Carly Beech of Tenterden (WA, Australia). 
Week 5 Winner - Mrs Tanya King of Westbury (TAS, Australia).
Week 6 Winner - Mr Anthony Finch of Wallumbilla (QLD, Australia). 
Week 7 Winner - Mr Kevin McMillan of Byabarra (NSW, Australia). 
Week 8 Winner - Ms Lin Enright of Latham (ACT, Australia).

Society Notice - Mr Mick Lawlor

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of well-known Member of the Society, Mr Mick Lawlor of Caloundra, Queensland (formally of Quirindi, New South Wales).

Mick had a long battle with cancer and passed away on Sunday, 27th December 2015. Mick and his Arcadia Horses are well-known in the Australian Stock Horse and performance horse world. Our sincere condolences to Mick’s wife, Joyce and family.

Society Notice - Mr Ken Brown

It is with deep regret that we inform our Members of the passing of Honorary Member, Mr Ken Brown. Ken was instrumental in the formation of the Australian Stock Horse Society and was one of its foundation Members. He was a prominent breeder and his horses have competed successfully in most disciplines including in the campdraft arena, in the show ring and on the polocrosse field. He will be sadly missed.

Ken passed away in the early morning of Wednesday, 2nd December 2015.

General Manager Appointed

David Wilson and the Board of the Australian Stock Horse Society Ltd are pleased to announce the appointment of David Gatwood as the new General Manager.

Mr Gatwood commenced duties from Monday, 19th January and recently relocated to Scone with his family from the northern suburbs of Sydney.

“I am thrilled to have been appointed and excited to lead a passionate and talented team who are dedicated to providing exemplary service to our Members.”

“I look forward to partnering with the Board and growing our already healthy membership by strongly promoting the profile of the Australian Stock Horse, both nationally and internationally.”

Mr Gatwood said he was initially focused on understanding the business model and very keen to attend events.

“We are a membership based organisation and I look forward to meeting with our Members and hearing their ideas on how we can improve the Member experience.”

Mr Gatwood has spent the past 20 years of his career in a variety of Sales Leadership and General Manager roles in the Financial Services industry with American Express and Diners Club International.

To download the Official Media Release please click here.

2015 Australia Day Membership Draw

Congratulations to Mr Peter Adams of Lakes Entrance, (VIC Australia), the winner of our 2015 Australia Day Membership Draw, we hope you enjoy your $250 ASHS Gift Cards.

2015 Membership Renewal Early Bird Draw

Members who renewed their Membership successfully for 2015, before the 19th December 2014 were entered into a weekly draw to win a $250 ASHS Gift Card.

Congratulations to the Early Bird Draw winners, we hope you enjoy your $250 ASHS Gift Cards.
Week 1 Winner -
Mrs Lynnette Ross of Erina (NSW Australia).
Week 2 Winner - Mr George Caffyn of Berkshire Park (NSW Australia).
Week 3 Winner - Mr David Tattam of Bollon (QLD Australia).
Week 4 Winner - Mr Bruce Cosh of Injune (QLD Australia).
Week 5 Winner - Mr Brent Tyler of Wellington Mills (WA Australia).
Week 6 Winner - Mr Don Youles of Kilcoy (QLD Australia).
Christmas Eve Draw Winner - Mrs Joanne Pratley of Bullsbrook (WA Australia).

You can still renew your Membership online by clicking here. Please update your contact details correctly if necessary, including any linked Members on the ‘Member Details’ page BEFORE renewing Memberships. Alternatively you can renew by completeing and returning your 2015 Membership Renewal & Waiver that was posted early November.