A message from the Chief Executive Officer regarding recent Facebook activity
In light of some very negative comments from Society Members on various Facebook Pages over the last 24 hours regarding the Society’s Prominent Breeders List, I want to take the opportunity to remind everyone of our Social Media Policy that can be found on the ASHS Website: https://www.ashs.com.au/media/1809/part-2-social-media-policy-251119.pdf
In renewing for 2020, Members agree to observe the Society’s Rules and Regulations, and Codes of Conduct. Any failure to do so will not be tolerated and the Society will take all action deemed necessary to protect the integrity of the Society.
If any Member has an issue or matter they would like to raise than I encourage you to contact the Society so we can discuss this directly and not hide behind a social media post.
Freedom of speech is important as it often generates ideas but negative speech is unproductive.
During these challenging times where we are all trying to do our very best with limited resources to maintain our Member Services and promote the ASHS community, it is extremely disappointing that some Members choose to use this time to generate such inflammatory comments.
Now more than ever it is important to be mindful of the welfare of our friends and neighbours and the broader community. We will continue to provide updates and will endeavour to maintain our service to Members, albeit in a limited capacity. The Society’s focus is and will remain to continue to support our Members and promote our wonderful breed.
On behalf of the ASHS Board and Staff, we hope that you all stay safe and continue to look after one and other.
We know that many of you are facing great uncertainty and please know that we are available via phone and email.
Chief Executive Officer
THE AUSTRALIAN STOCK HORSE SOCIETY
Help and information regarding Coronavirus is available through: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert & https://www.australia.gov.au/
Update from the Society
I want to provide an update to all our Members and needless to say these are difficult times as the current pandemic is such a moving beast. We are constantly reviewing information on a daily basis to try and plan for the future and following is a quick overview of where we are currently positioned;
National Show Refunds – We regret this has been a slow process due to some issues from a third party supplier. We are now working through these manually and plan to start refunding these fees from today. We wanted to ensure these were accurate before refunding to all competitors.
2020 National Show Dates – We have secured a new booking at AELEC from 9 to 13 September. The National Show Committee will be looking at the program to see what can be run over these 5 days. Should this situation of the Coronavirus continue during this planned date, then we will endeavour to secure an alternate date to run before the end of the year. As there is no certainty at this stage we can only wait and see and have some contingency plans in place.
FOY – We plan to run the FOY Sale in conjunction with the National Show and will continue to provide everyone with updates when available.
ASH National Campdraft Championships – The plans to run the inaugural Campdraft Championship have been cancelled for this year so this will now become a feature event next year as part of our 50th Anniversary.
USA & Canada Breeder’s Tour – The plans to run this tour in September have also been postponed with the tour to be rescheduled for 2021. All Members who have submitted an Expression of Interest will be contacted individually.
ASH Society Office – Currently we have three staff who are in self-isolation as they have either been overseas or interstate. Our first priority is to ensure all our staff are safe and we continue to work on taking precautionary measures for their wellbeing. From today, the office will be closed to the public however we will continue to operate from inside at this stage.
We are currently working through what I see as our primary role in keeping on top of the processing of new Memberships, Renewals, Registrations, Transfers and responding to all phone and email enquiries. If we can also implement other initiatives in the short to medium term then, of course, we will do so.
We are also working through many other business requirements including the end of the financial year on 31 March and Audit which may affect the ability to run our AGM in August. This also affects all Branches and State Management Councils. From the information released on Sunday, I expect the Government to release changes around this soon.
As we have seen regularly in the media, the Coronavirus is an unprecedented outbreak and is something we all need to deal with for the time being, so let’s bunker down as we ride this out together.
Please stay safe and we will continue to update our Members as we learn more.
Chief Executive Officer
Important Information regarding all ASHS Branch and Management Council Events and Activities
Today the Board and Management agreed following advice from Government Heath Authorities and our Risk Managers that all ASHS events be suspended effective immediately until further notice, meetings are exempt.
This decision was not taken lightly and we hope Members will understand and support that the measures are in the best interest of all Members, stakeholders and the general public.
This process will be reviewed on a fortnightly basis and we will continue to provide information as it comes to hand.
Should you require any further information, please call Head Office on 02 65451122
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
Notice Concerning Horse Welfare
The Australian Stock Horse Society is aware of recent social media activity critical of a social media post by a well-known horse stud depicting images of the handling of a young horse. Those images were found to be deeply disturbing for many of the Society’s members and for many members of the broader community in general.
The Society takes the opportunity to confirm its absolute and unequivocal commitment towards horse welfare and the promotion of husbandry practices consistent with positive horse welfare and well-being. The Society maintains a Code of Conduct for ASHS Breeders and Horse Owners that elaborates, through a series of core value statements, the Society’s expectations and requirements of its members in relation to horse husbandry practices. The Society also has in place a Horse Welfare Policy that embraces the Australian Horse Welfare Protocol, the collaborative work of a number of national horse organisations and administered by the Australian Horse Industry Council. The Protocol sets out in detail the standards to which members are required to adhere in relation to all aspects of horse husbandry practices and, importantly, guidelines for achieving those ends.
It is of utmost importance to the Society that its Code of Conduct for ASHS Breeders and Horse Owners and its Horse Welfare Policy be observed by its members in the strictest of terms. The Board is currently investigating this matter. Concerns or complaints about horse welfare issues should be made direct to the Society and will be promptly and thoroughly investigated.
A Message From the Chairman
The Board would like to offer our thoughts & prayers for everyone affected by these horrific fires and devastating drought and hope & pray for rain in the very near future.
The Board is looking forward to 2020 and welcoming our new CEO, Andrew Cooper, who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Society.
The National Youth Pointscore for 2019 is currently open and need to be lodged by 31st January - Nominate Here. Your polocrosse achievements for 2019 need to be submitted for consideration of ASHS State Rookie & Open Horse awards and lodged by 31st January - Lodge Resume. Don’t miss the opportunity to submit your achievements for these awards.
On behalf of the Board, I take this opportunity to mention some of the Society’s initiatives to be introduced during 2020.
- Registration discounts are available until 31 January 2020. To take advantage of these discounts submit your Breeding Certificate and Application for Registration with payment. Discount Offer
- One of the biggest enhancements adopted by the Board was the new Registration Category – Base Registry that opened 1st January 2020 for horses with 1 HSH Parent, or 1 HSH Grandparent, or 2 HSH Great Grandparents. Registry Eligibility & Fees
- The Board has moved a Motion at the August Board Meeting to Introduce a HSH Stud Book, as soon as the computer system has been upgraded.
- The Board has reviewed Heritage Stock Horse (HSH) rules and agreed a horse must attain 87.5% Heritage Stock Horse to be eligible. Any horse assessed as eligible will continue to have HSH as a suffix behind their registered name, both now & in the future. Changes to HSH and the removal of LH, MB, UB and the like will be implemented later in the year after computer development is completed.
- In regards to Special Merit horses, the ability to register new horses under these rules will commence being phased out from 1st January 2021. Horses previously registered as Special Merit, will remain Special Merit. The Board is considering phasing out Exceptional Circumstances Registrations in the future.
There is currently work being done on reviewing patterns to enable the ASHS to release a new Pattern Book later in the year.
The ASHS Board has approved new Registration and Inspection Rules & Regulations and we recommend Members take the time to read these on the website.
- In 2021 the Board will introduce a Loyalty programme to reward members.
- If you have any ideas for our 50th Anniversary Celebrations in 2021 please let us know.
We thank you for your ongoing support during 2019. We hope you enjoy being involved in the Society as a Breeder or at ASH events, either as a competitor, spectator, or volunteer and we look forward to working with you again in 2020.
Lastly a big thank you to outgoing CEO, Steve Guihot for taking the reins over the last 12 months, we appreciate it.
Society Announces new CEO
Society Chairman Ms Lorna Fanning today announced the Society had secured the services of an outstanding candidate for the role of CEO starting in January 2020.
“Andrew Cooper comes to us with an extensive background in event and project management as well as logistics and financial control”. Andrew’s relationship with the Society extends back to the late nineteen eighties, where he spent around 17 years until 2003 with the RAS Sydney in various management roles” she said.
Ms Fanning was enthusiastic about the appointment. “We have so many plans going forward and Andrew was a standout from over 25 Candidates for the position”.
Ms Fanning thanked the interim CEO for his time this year. “Steve provided us with an opportunity to refocus on what was important and we are grateful for that opportunity,” she said.
Looking forward Ms Fanning said Andrew will need to hit the ground running. “We have a National Show, Fiftieth Anniversary Plans, AGM, Approved Sales and a whole lot more to keep Andrew busy,” she said. “We hope the Members are as pleased about the appointment as we are”. Ms Fanning went on, “Andrew’s links to many of our established sponsors and his connections in the broader corporate world should enable us to continue to provide outstanding value for our Members in these tough and unusual times” she concluded.
Further details available by phoning the Australian Stock Horse Society (02) 6545 1122 or by email enquiry email@example.com
From the Boardroom - November 2019
November was busy with a Board Meeting being held in Scone. At the meeting, many enhancements developed and prepared by the Stud Book Committee were adopted by the Board.
One of the biggest enhancements adopted by the Board was the Base Registry - a new registration category which is planned to open in the New Year. In practical terms, a Base Registry horse was a horse not previously eligible for ASH registration. A Base Registry horse will have one HSH parent, one HSH grandparent or two HSH great grandparents (ie at least 25% HSH or more) and may be registered as a mare, gelding or stallion. More details on the requirements, process and fees will be available in the New Year and published in the January/February 2020 Journal.
The Board also reviewed Heritage Stock Horse (HSH) rules, and agreed, that to receive HSH status, a horse must attain 87.5% Heritage Stock Horse. This will be phased in during the next financial year when the computer resources are updated.
Additionally, under the Breeding Purposes rules, the Board decided to include International Thoroughbreds or any horse registered by a Thoroughbred Stud Book authority, recognised by the International Stud Book Committee (ISBC).
With the introduction of the Base Registry, the need for Special Merit registration was debated. In reviewing statistics, most horses being registered under Special Merit are either currently eligible for First Cross ASH Registration or will be eligible under the Base Registry. As a result, it was decided that Special Merit Registrations would commence being phased out from 1st August 2021.
For further details on Boardroom decisions regarding Stud Book matters, please contact Brett Welsh 0429 120 874, or make sure you read the January/February 2020 Journal.
Expressions Of Interest for the ASHS New Pattern Book
NEW PATTERN BOOK INCLUSION
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:
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
CLICK HERE FOR AGENDA
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