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Important Notices for Members



Following due course as per the ASHS Rules, the Society is pleased to release the results of the 2023 Board Elections.


Elected for NSW | David Ricketts and Patricia Thomas

Elected for South Qld | Judi Powell

Congratulations to David on his re-appointment for the next three years, and a warm welcome to Patricia and Judi to the ASHS Board of Directors.

The Society would especially like to thank outgoing Directors Brett Welsh, Sara Grills and David Nash for their contributions.

Read their biographies below. 


David Ricketts has been re-elected to the ASHS Board as Director for NSW. 

David Ricketts

Levenstrath, NSW 

Dear Members

My name is David Ricketts and I have accepted re-nomination for the position of Director for NSW on the Board of the Australian Stock Horse Society for a second term.

I will make a commitment to remain member-centric, work efficiently and effectively with the existing Board Members whilst representing Member’s interests and overseeing Society activities and developments.

Over the past three years, we have seen immense changes, challenges and the emergence of what is now the ‘new normal’. Also, the importance of remaining financially viable as an organisation is vital for our future. A strong financial position creates a resilient, flexible and a robust Society capable of adapting to changes and challenges in the future as well as the ability to offer new activities and opportunities.

My focus is (and always has been) to remain member-focused, striking a balance of timely delivery of services and support to the members ‘all the while’ remaining in a strong financial position into the future.In my role as Events Convener my priority has been the development and delivery of outcomes for our Members. Highlights have included the opportunity to work with Members, Directors and staff on the development and launch of the new Pattern Book. Also, our own Australian Stock Horse Challenge Rules and very importantly our new Level 1 Judge’s Refresher Online Course. These have been large and long-term projects for the Society all currently in implementation stage, an achievement I am most proud of and thank all those whom have contributed. I enjoy functioning in a team environment; as an effective contributor and facilitator interacting with key stakeholders. This has been a key driver to completing these projects.

Most recently, I have been heavy involved with the Fountain of Youth Sale and initiating the new $30,000 incentive package. The vision for the Fountain of Youth Sale is to become the premier seedstock sale, in turn promoting the development and popularity of the Australian Stock Horse. The graduates of the Fountain of Youth sale now have exclusive access to Fountain of Youth events with excellent incentives, therefore maximising the benefits of owning both an Australian Stock Horse, and also a Fountain of Youth graduate.

This is an exciting space and I am looking forward to continuing working is this area for the benefit of the breed and Members.

It will be an honour to serve the NSW Members of the Australian Stock Horse Society into the future.

Yours Sincerely

David Ricketts


Judi Powell has been elected to the ASHS Board as Director for South Queensland. 

Judi Powell

Theodore, QLD 

"I've been involved with horses basically my entire life," Judi Powell says.

"Our family ties to Stock Horses come from my grandparents, with the family coming from Dungog, Grandfather Alan Pearse having played for Wirragalla Polo Club and my Grandmother was Emily Hooke."

Judi has been actively involved with the ASHS for more than 15 years and her husband has been involved for more than 40 years. 

"We breed and ride our own HSH horses. Our stallion OPHIR BULLET - HSH and his progeny are used on-property mustering. Bullet and ELVALE MARSHDALE - HSH also put their dancing shoes on for me competing successfully in Dressage on “Days Off”."

Judi has experience in the boardroom environment, serving as Vice-Chair of Theodore Council on the Ageing for the past three years. Judi has owned her own businesses and holds a Bachelor of Business, Cert IV in Training and Assessment and Cert IV in Sport Coaching (Equestrian).

In 2017 Judi helped to reform the Leichhardt Branch in Queensland (which had been closed for 12 years) and served as President from 2017 to 2022. She is now secretary. In this time, Leichhardt has been awarded Branch of the Year, built from $200 in the bank to owning more than $70,000 in assets .

Judi says she looks forward to contributing to the Society and working with the team.



Patricia Thomas has been elected to the ASHS Board as Director for NSW. 

Patricia Thomas

East Rossgole, Aberdeen, New South Wales

“They say you only get one good horse or dog in a lifetime, but that’s a myth,” Patricia Thomas says.

“We had plenty and they have only gotten better and better because of the passion and dedication the Society and its Members have put into solid breeding ideals, good genetics and great horse people.”

Patricia has lived on properties since 1979 when she first moved to Hunters Vale at Ellerston.

With husband Guy, Patricia bred Australian Stock Horses for use on the property and for the enjoyment of her two children at Pony Club and Stock Horse camps.

She has also worked extensively in Accounting and Financial Management, starting with Ellerston Pastoral – or Consolidated Press as it was in those days – both at Ellerston and Sydney. Patricia then retrained as a Vocational Education teacher and commenced teaching for TAFE NSW, where she taught bookkeeping, accounting and management as well as Training and Assessing, which she delivered commercially for the Institute as well as to her own teaching staff.

Patricia later transferred to the Newcastle Tighes Hill Campus as Operations Manager, Faculty of Business and Creative Arts, Hunter Institute, where she was in charge of more than 180 staff. She was responsible for all the compliance, governance and financial reporting for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) operation for this Faculty.

She also obtained a Graduate Diploma in Vocational Education and Training, a Bachelor of Administrative Leadership, Diplomas in Accounting, Training and Assessing and Business.

Patricia is currently still with East Rossgale Pastoral Company as Office Manager. This is predominantly a breeding enterprise.

“My current involvement with the Society is in the area of Training and Assessment,” she says. “I have worked with the course designers and subject matter experts over the last three years to help develop the updated Level 1 Judges Refresher Online Course.

“I would like to be considered as a candidate to serve on the ASHS Board for the next three years as I bring a range of skills and expertise that are not necessarily horse-related.

“I do not compete or show my horses – they are strictly a labour of love. However, I have considerable knowledge and experience in managing large entities, with particular focus on governance, compliance, due diligence, ethics and financial management.”


Following due course as per the ASHS Rules, and on the advice of the scrutineer from Rose & Partners Pty Ltd, the ASHS is pleased to release the results of the 2022 Board Elections.
𝙀𝙡𝙚𝙘𝙩𝙚𝙙 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙉𝙚𝙬 𝙎𝙤𝙪𝙩𝙝 𝙒𝙖𝙡𝙚𝙨 /𝘼𝘾𝙏 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝘿𝙖𝙧𝙧𝙚𝙣 𝙙𝙚 𝙅𝙤𝙣𝙜 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝘽𝙖𝙧𝙧𝙮 𝙈𝙤𝙤𝙧𝙚
The Society would like to sincerely thank all candidates.
This election was conducted electronically. The voter participation was disappointing from previous Board elections, with only 449 Members voting out of 2158 Members eligible.


The ASHS Board would like to notify Members that the new date for the AGM and Dinner is Saturday, 4th September 2021 at the West Leagues Club, Tamworth.
Further details and a new Notice of Meeting will be reissued to all Members in the coming weeks.


With the uncertainty of the COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns around Australia, the ASHS Board has decided to postpone the 2021 AGM and 50th Anniversary celebrations that was scheduled for 31st July 2021.
A new date will be set and advised shortly.
Members who have purchased dinner tickets will be given the option of a full refund or to use at the rescheduled AGM.
For enquiries please contact Head Office on +61 2 6545 1122.

ASHS 2021 Board Elections have now closed

The following nominations have been received.

Marylou Hodges
Heath Shadgett
Brendan Mills

Lance Butcher

No Nomination received

Electronic voting will take place in June.

Board Announcement - ASHS AGM Postponed


The ASHS Board met last night, 20th July, and due to the uncertainty with COVID-19 and restrictions on travel, the Board has decided to postpone the AGM that was scheduled for Saturday, 1st August 2020.

The intention is to hold the rescheduled AGM at the same venue as a hybrid and virtual meeting. A new date will be set and advised shortly.

Members who have purchased dinner tickets will be given the option of a full refund or to use at the rescheduled AGM.
For enquiries please contact Head Office on +61 2 6545 1122.

Society Announcement


It is with deep sadness that we advise of the passing of Phillip Kirkby on Friday, 19th June 2020.

Phillip was a foundation member of the Society and served on the ASHS Board for a total of 26 years. Phillip was a passionate ASH Breeder and the KIRKBYS STUD horses need no introduction in the performance horse arena. As a breeder, competitor and judge, Phillip set very high standards. Phillip dedicated a lifetime to breeding quality horses and was awarded Honorary Life Membership of the ASHS in 2015 and in 2019 was awarded the Warwick Show and Rodeo Society, Warwick Tribute to Australian Campdrafting.

Phillip registered a grey stallion by the name KIRKBYS COBALT – IS HSH (ABBEY – FS HSH/miss radiant) in October 1971. This was to be the first of 464 registered ASHs bred by Phillip. Phillip always wanted to breed the best and focused on strong mare lines to produce predictable progeny. Whether it was breeding Australian Stock Horses, cattle, chooks or sheep his philosophy was to incorporate genetics, background and visual appraisal. Phillip is reported to be the only person to have entered five sections at the Royal Easter Show in Sydney: horses, cattle, sheep, fowls and vegetables.

Phillip’s contribution to the Society and his depth of knowledge has been invaluable and on behalf of the Directors, Management and Staff of the ASHS we would like to extend our sincere condolences to Phillip’s family and friends at this time. Phillip will be sadly missed but long remembered.

Phillip’s funeral will be held on Friday, 3rd July at the Moree Cemetery. A time is yet to be confirmed.

An Important Message from the Board


It is with regret that the Board of the Society along with the National Show Committee, announce the cancellation of the 2020 National Show that was due to take place in Tamworth AELEC from 9th to 13th September.

We know this will come as an enormous disappointment, not only to our competitors, exhibitors and sponsors but to our many Members in general who have enjoyed attending our National Show over many years. This is a decision made at the Board Meeting on the 9th & 10th June and was not taken lightly.  There are two overriding concerns that have caused us to make this decision at this time.

First, is the uncertainty caused by the fact of the unknown health restrictions with COVID 19 that could be in place, in early September at AELEC and the possible health regulations and rules around running a major event at this time? Nominations would need to open in early July and with this in mind, we did not want to be cancelling the event at a later date should the situation change in the next few months. The Board also felt the option of moving to a later date again, could possibly clash with other Branch Shows and events which they wanted to avoid.

Second, is our primary concern and the responsibility we have to our Members and the financial implications on the Show recording a substantial loss given the many uncertain factors to producing a successful event.

We are currently confirming the dates for the 2021 National Show and hope to be able to release these soon to all Members.

In order to accommodate the Futurity and Maturity classes and the Fountain of Youth Sale that will not take place this year, the Board is considering running two, three, four and five year old classes for the Triple Crown and a yearling, two and three old FOY Sale next year.

Further information will be advised as we develop a program for 2021.

ASHS Board Elections Now Open


All eligible ASHS Members who were financial as at 25th May 2020 and who reside in New South Wales or South Queensland will have received a link and unique access code via email and or mobile. This link and code will enable Members to vote for their preferred candidates.

Members who do not have an email or mobile on the Society’s database will have, or will shortly receive a notice that includes the login details and Member’s unique access code through the mail.

The ASHS hopes you take the opportunity to vote and find the process quick and easy.

If anyone has any questions please do not hesitate to contact Head Office.

From the CEO – Board Election Process



With Board Elections opening on Tuesday, 9th June 2020, I want to reassure all Society Members that the process for the electronic voting is being run through a professional online voting system and managed totally by our Auditors, Rose and Partners.

The scrutineer at Rose and Partners will be the only person with access to the final results.

The voting system is simple and easy to use and offers Members a much more convenient way to participate.

For more information and voting details please visit: https://www.ashs.com.au/…/society-new…/ashs-board-elections/

If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office on 02 6545 1122.

2020 Board Elections


Marylou Hodges withdraws nomination from the upcoming ASHS NSW Board Elections

Marylou Hodges has notified the Society that she has decided to withdraw her nomination as a candidate for the NSW Board Elections starting Tuesday, 9th June 2020.

Click on the link to see the Bios for all candidates standing for Election.

Society Announcement


It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Honorary Life Member, Rosemary Henderson from Albany WA. Rosemary passed away peacefully on Sunday morning the 31st May 2020.

Rosemary was a long-standing, dedicated and passionate Member of the Society. Rosemary was the first lady Chairman of the ASHS Board and served on the Board for 12 years.  

Together with her husband Malcolm she worked tirelessly for the Society and bred a number of Australian Stock Horses under the YNABLA Prefix. She was also instrumental in instigating the Spring Valley Heritage Horse Ride prior to the 2000 Olympics.

On behalf of the Directors, Management and Staff of the Society, we express our sincere condolences to Rosemary’s family and friends at this time.

Rosemary’s funeral will be held at 10.30 am on Saturday, 6th June 2020 at Bethany Funeral Home, Albany, WA.

Announcement from The Society


The Society has been made aware of discussion over the past weekend on Facebook in regards to Clause 3.1(a) of the Society’s Constitution which relates to the eligibility of Directors.

The Articles of Association was changed over to the Constitution which is currently in place and voted on in Motion 5, by the Financial Members at the AGM in Salamander Bay on Saturday, 29th July 2017.
Clause 3.1(a) forms part of the Constitution adopted at this AGM, by the Members of the Society.

To clear up any misunderstanding, no changes can be made to the Constitution without a resolution being put to the vote of a General Meeting.

If Members have any enquiries, we are happy to receive them via info@ashs.com.au or on The Society page of the Website under “ask us a question”

ASHS 2020 Board Elections have now closed

The following nominations have been received.
Sara Grills
Marylou Hodges
Vicki Mascord
David Ricketts
Leslie Walsh
Annemaree Wallen
Brett Welsh
David Nash
Electronic voting will take place in June in the nominated States and Regions.

2020 ASHS Photo Competition


The ASHS is excited to announce the Breed for Every Need Photo Competition for Members and Registered Horses.
Make the most of the current restrictions and enter to win some fantastic prizes.
Three categories and two age divisions - Most Original, Cutest and Most Versatile.
Put your creative cap on, grab the camera or phone and get snapping! Good luck!
For further details click here:

ASHS Membership Draw


All Members who renewed for 2020 from November to 31 March went in to a random draw to win one of three Free 2021 Memberships.

Congratulations to our winners.

2020 ASHS National Show Update


2020 ASHS National Show Update

The Board and Management have decided today not to proceed with the National Show on 24th to 30th April 2020.

Following the implementation today of the Public Health Public Events Order by Brad Hazzard MP, Minister for Health and Medical Research, the Board unanimously agreed to postpone the National Show program to a date in September or October. Further advice on dates will be made as soon as these are confirmed.

The Board also agreed to refund all nomination fees in full and this will be done as soon as is practical. We will be in contact with AELEC and they will advise on their refund policy for Stabling and Camping.

Should you require any further information then please do not hesitate to contact Head Office on 02 6545 1122

Coronavirus Update


Message from the CEO: Coronavirus Update

The Society continues to monitor the concerns around the Coronavirus and our plans on running the 2020 National Show.

We are continuing to liaise with AELEC and other stakeholders,  and it is obviously very important to our event, participants and spectators to understand any likely implications as soon as possible. This also includes advice on any Branch Show’s and events that are planned to be run in the coming weeks.

The Board are meeting today via teleconference and I expect we will be able to provide a statement on the National Show and other Society events later today.

We aim to update our Members and other stakeholders with the most relevant information over the coming days as we receive further advice.


Society Announcement


It is with great sorrow, we advise the passing of a good friend and life member. Brian Brown was the former Executive Manager of the Australian Stock Horse Society for over 5 years, from 1992 – 1997.

During his years as Executive Manager, he improved the position of the Society around from difficult times into a strong position going forward focusing on financial improvement and promotion. Brian Brown was a wonderful man and the Society will never forget all he did during his time. 

His biggest achievement was presenting an idea about an Australian equine breed at the Olympics Opening Ceremony. Brian Brown did a feasibility study suggesting the Australian Stock Horse should be involved and he submitted it to SOCOG. The rest is history, with the lone horseman galloping into the arena and cracking his whip, followed by 120 Australian Stock Horses with an audience of 3.7 billion viewers worldwide for the Sydney Olympic Opening Ceremony in 2000.

Brian Brown was a very dedicated person to the Society and he was awarded ASHS Life membership in 2003, in recognition of his work and continued support for the Society.

He was a very well respected and devoted person in the Scone area, being a Scone Shire Councillor for many years, being on the board of local organisations and a volunteer to community groups.

We express our sincere sympathy to the family during this difficult time from the Board, Managements, Staff and Members of the ASHS. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this time.

His funeral will be held in Scone at the St Lukes Anglican Church, at 2pm on Tuesday 11th February 2020.


Society Announcement


It is with deep sadness that the Society announces the passing of well-known horseman, Peter Daley from Pittsworth in Queensland on Friday, 24th January, after a long illness.

Peter, formally from Capel in WA, joined the ASHS in April 1977. Peter was instrumental in the establishment of campdrafting in WA and was one of the state’s foundation ASH Breeders.

He was a Gold Member of the Society and together with wife, Roberta bred 108 registered Australian 
Stock Horses. The PERINGA horses were well known and competed successfully in a number of disciplines including campdrafting and Eventing. PERINGA ENSIGN – HSH placed third in the 2004 Warwick Gold Cup and Stallion Draft WESTONS YAKKA - HSH won the Warwick Gold Cup Stallion Draft in 2010.

Peter is survived by wife Roberta and sons, Jim & Ben and daughters, Annie & Jenny. The Directors and staff of the ASHS would like to extend sincere condolences to Peter’s family and loved ones. Our thoughts are with you all.

A Celebration of Peter’s Life will be held on Saturday, 1st February in the Douglas Feez Pavilion at the Warwick Showground at 2.30pm.

Photo: Peter with DANDILLA CAMPASS – HSH

ASHS USA & Canada Breeders Tour


The ASHS is excited to announce a proposed Breeders Tour to the USA & Canada in September 2020

The tour will give Members a unique opportunity to visit some of our prominent USA & Canadian Breeders while travelling with a small group of ASH Breeders & enthusiasts. The tour will incorporate some major tourist attractions & a visit to Equitana USA in Lexington, Kentucky. Once dates, itinerary & costs are finalised, Members who have submitted an EOI will be contacted to confirm their intent to travel. The tour is open to Financial Members of the ASHS over 18 years.

For more information please contact Cathy at Head Office on 02 6545 1122.



50th Anniversary Coffee Table Book


The Society was built on the back of a nation of “can do” people, our Members and horses reflect that attitude. To celebrate its 50th Anniversary in 2021 the ASHS is planning to release a coffee table book designed to capture all of that history and colour.
You will read the stories of the studs and what made them be a part of this growing phenomenon. The influential Sires and Dams that built individual stud reputations and the evolution of the Society and our horses over the past half-century.

If you’d like to be included in the historic publication we have limited places available so secure your spot today:

All submissions and full payment must be submitted to Head Office by 31st May 2020.

Re Issue of ASH Registration Papers


Members affected by natural disasters, including floods and fires. 

In regards to natural disasters, where all ASH Registration papers have been destroyed, Financial Registered Owners may request a reissue of horse Registration Certificates at no cost. Any member in such circumstance, should contact the Society to update their Horse List and request new Certificates at no cost due to documentation being destroyed by a natural disaster.

Our thoughts go out to Members in these areas and we thank Members for supporting each other during these difficult times.

Nominations for National Youth Point Score & Polocrosse Awards Close Soon


If you would like to Nominate for the ASHS National Youth Point Score or the ASHS State Polocrosse Awards please be aware that Nominations need to be received by Head Office by COB Friday, 31st January 2020.
These Awards are conducted annually and performances need to have been recorded from the 1st January to the 31st December 2019.

2019 National Youth Point Score
Are you under 21 and a current ASHS Member?
Categories include; Campdrafting/Cut Out, Sporting, Hack, Rider, Dressage, Eventing, Led, Junior Handler, Polo & Polocrosse, Working ASH & Utility, Show Jumping, Endurance (Novice/Open).
Performances at agricultural shows, rodeos, Pony Clubs, gymkhanas, etc are acceptable for these Awards.
To enter submit a Nomination Form to Head Office to receive your Performance Booklet:

2019 State Polocrosse Awards
To be eligible all nominated horses must be owned by a financial Member of the Society.
Divisions include: Mens & Ladies Rookie Horse and Mens, Ladies & Junior Open Horse.
To download the nomination form please see: https://www.ashs.com.au/med…/1766/2019-polocrosse-resume.pdf

Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Keepsake


The ASHS will celebrate its 50th Anniversary in 2021 and we are excited to share our enthusiasm with our Members. To commemorate this milestone in the Society's history we have partnered with iconic Australian family business, ADINA Watches to design these original and unique ASHS timepieces suited to the Australian Lifestyle.
We invite you to pre-order a Men's or Ladies bespoke ASHS keepsake by visiting our online store;
Please Note: As these watches are exclusive to the ASHS we require pre-orders with full payment of 70 x Men's and/or 70 x Ladies to be placed by 31 May 2020.