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Expressions Of Interest for the ASHS New Pattern Book


Members can send in patterns that may be considered for inclusion into the New ASHS Pattern Book.

To be submitted to the Events Department by email:


or post

PO Box 288 Scone NSW 2337 no later than 30th November 2019.

Australian Stock Horse Society Reduces Membership Fees for people renewing by early 2020

Australian Stock Horse Society Chairman Lorna Fanning announced today that the Board had frozen membership fees for next year and approved a reduced membership fee for all members renewing before early January 2020.
Ms Fanning said that whilst a five percent discount wasn’t a lot, it was some recognition of the current circumstances for a great many of our Members. “We’d like it to be more,” she said, “this rotten drought is affecting so many people”.
The Society relies on people renewing each year to be able to provide activities and benefits for its members. “We can’t continue to provide all of our services without the support of our members,” Ms Fanning said. “So if people can’t afford to feed stock or they are running out of water, there’s no way they can pay for things like membership,” she said.
Ms Fanning was at pains to point out that the Society was not crying poor. “Some of our people are at breaking point, our first thoughts have to be with those that are dealing with the devastating consequences of this dry period,” she said.
Ms Fanning went on to say that the Society has some modest but exciting plans for their 50th Anniversary in 2021. “Members need to know that we recognise that some are doing it really tough at the moment. We would ask that if at all possible you stick with us next year to enjoy all of what 2021 brings. It [the drought] has to break soon” she continued.
The Society has weathered almost half a century of good times and bad. “The resilience of our members will see us through this tough time as well,” she said. “I can’t think of another organisation in this country better positioned with the history, heart, stamina and bright future to tackle another half-century” she concluded.

ASHS Announces A New Director


Society Chairman Ms Lorna Fanning today 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 the news that with over 1000  sires now tested for genetic disorders, that only around 1% had come backtesting 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

2019 Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday 17th August, 2019 in Brisbane, Queensland.
Brisbane Riverview Hotel, Cnr Kingsford Smith Drive & Hunter Street Hamilton QLD 4007 Phone: (07) 3862 1800.

Registration will commence at 9.30am
Members Forum to follow at 10.00am

AGM Opening - 1.30pm


Followed by Awards Dinner from 6.30pm - Tickets $58.00 per person (Guests to purchase own drinks)

Steve Guihot - Chief Executive Officer

2019 Election - ASHS Board of Directors - NSW/ACT

The ASHS would like to announce the results of the Election.

The Society welcomes Darren de Jong and Barry Moore as the newly elected ASHS Directors.

The ASHS would like to thank the outgoing Director, Craig Young for his outstanding contribution to the Society.

Steve Guihot - Chief Executive Officer