The Australian Stock Horse Society
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The Australian Stock Horse Society Announces a New Director
Society Chairman Ms Lorna Fanning announced that a new Director had agreed to serve on the Board for the remainder of the term left vacant by the resignation of Robert Watchirs from NSW. The new Director is Ms Vicki Mascord from Sydney.
Ms Fanning said “Vicki comes to the Board with a lifetime of experience and involvement in the Society through Branch & Management Council and was recently awarded our National Volunteer of the Year.” Ms Fanning continued “Vicki is highly regarded in the Society and in the broader horse industry in general.”
Ms Fanning said the Board would like to thank Robert Watchirs for his time on the Board and wish him well in the future.
With four women now on the Board, Ms Fanning said that gender balance was an important issue to be considered along with skill based attributes when selecting a new Director. “The Society’s demographic is predominantly female and we need to reflect that on our Board” she said.
With the Society set to celebrate its 50th Anniversary in 2021, Ms Fanning believes that more women should consider governance roles in the industry. “I am so pleased to be able to work with a Board that is progressive, cohesive and committed to what the future may hold” she concluded.
Update from Brett Welsh - Convener of the ASHS Stud Book Committee
I have received some questions regarding the proposed Base Register mentioned in a media release from our Chairman, Lorna Fanning.
The board is working towards keeping the membership informed and involved in proceedings, hence these updates. They will come as quickly and as often as possible. Some may be merely ideas for comment, others may develop into regulation. Please be involved and offer constructive criticism but refrain from distasteful remarks - these may be works in progress and we are all on the same team.
Base Register - The ‘Base Register’ is a working title for a concept in development. It is proposed that the minimum entry level for a new sub-category - the (Base Registry) would require that a horse must have at least ONE HSH grandparent or TWO HSH great grandparents. (i.e. 25% HSH).
In conjunction with the proposed Heritage Stock Horse Stud Book, this proposal would bring our practices more in line with the Mission Statement of the Society.
So in summary, this means that going forward all horses being registered in the Base Registry will have to possess HSH ancestry. This is a concept. It requires much consultation, development, legal advice and regulation.
The Australian Stock Horse Society Announces new Chairman of The ASHS Board
The Australian Stock Horse Society is proud to announce that their new Chairman is Ms Lorna Fanning from Queensland. Ms Fanning from Warwick (Queensland) is a well-known local personality in the Campdraft and Stock Horse world.
Commenting after her first Board meeting as Chairman, Ms Fanning said that she was really pleased with both the direction and work ethic of the new Board. “Over the last two days we made decisions around member benefits, a Loyalty Program, a Heritage Stud Book, implementing a Base Register for horses that are not currently eligible for Stud Book Registration, the 50th Anniversary celebrations and a whole lot more.”
“We were also delighted with news that with over 1000 sires now tested for genetic disorders, that only around 1% had come back testing as a carrier” she said. “This has given us the opportunity to manage the problem within our Stud Book” she continued.
“I am so pleased and humbled to be given the honour of leading this great organisation for the next twelve months. We have a great deal of work to do in preparation for our fiftieth anniversary and I am very keen to ensure that we honour our past and set a great platform for our future” she concluded.
2019 AGM & Awards Dinner
Update on the NSW Board Election
Heritage Stock Horse - From the Boardroom
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.
ASH Breeding Certificate
Members should review the rules - Section 3, Registration of Horses, Rule 3 - ASH Breeding Certificates - CLICK HERE
2019 Members Only Raffle Winners
1st Prize: Tracey (TJ) Moore of Davidson, NSW
We would like to thank all of those who purchased tickets to help support our Youth Members. We would also like to thank Australian Outback Spectacular, Simon Gray Saddlery and Helloworld Travel Scone for their generosity and support.
Letter from the ASHS Board - Social Media
ASHS Senior Vice Chairman, Craig Young for and on behalf of the ASHS Board of Directors.
Compulsory Tests For Genetic Disorders
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.
Click to hear from Dr Natasha Hamilton of Equine Genetics Research Centre - Racing Australia, who provides some insight into the work that they do and how they are partnering with the Society to assist with the recent adoption of DNA testing for hereditary diseases>.
Stallion Owners Notice
ASHS Approved Saddlers and Retailers
Defamation and the Disciplinary Committee
21 SEP| New Zealand Branch Cattle Training Day
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21 – 22 SEP| Northern Branch Annual Show
21- 22 SEP | South West WA Branch Horsemanship & Campdraft Clinic with guest coach Greg Angilley
ASH Approved Sales
3 NOV | Tocal College Approved ASH Sale - NSW
29 NOV – 1 DEC |45th Annual Dalby ASH Approved Sale including
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