Heritage Stock Horses

Heritage Stock Horses - Recognising Traditional Breeds

The Australian Stock Horse Society is dedicated to preserving the heritage of the breed by recognising Registered Australian Stock Horses that have descended from the same breeds as horses ridden by the Australian Light Horse in WWI and breeds that resided in Australia prior to 1945.

 

Registered Australian Stock Horses are identified with a name suffix as follows:

HSH Heritage Stock Horse
TB 100% Thoroughbred
MBP 100% Modern Breeds (introduced to Australia after 1945)
MB 50-100% Modern Breeds (introduced to Australia after 1945)
ABP 100% Approved Breeds (existing in Australia before 1945)
AB 50-100% Approved Breeds (existing in Australia before 1945)
UBP 100% Unknown Breeding (foaled after 1960)
UB 50-100% Unknown Breeding (foaled after 1960)
LH Limited Heritage (not eligible under any other code)


Horses with no name suffix have not been assessed.  At the completion of 2016, the following statistics were noted for Registered Australian Stock Horses that have been assessed manually or automatically:

Heritage Stock Horse Progress

  • With over 190,000 horses - only 45,000 (24%) have been assessed. 
  • In reviewing assessed horses, approximately 65% are HSH.
  • The Society continues to work in a cost effective manner and it will be an ongoing project for years to come.
  • Members may submit an application at any time - fee $25.

Heritage Stock Horse Statistics

  • Horses foaled in 2014 with 501 HSH horses versus
  • Horses foaled in 2004 with 969 HSH horses.
Year Foaled Horses Registered Total Assessed HSH Only % - HSH only vs Total Assessed
2014* 1,911 930 501 53.8%
2004 3,138 1,495 969 64.8%

*  NOTE: Not all Members register horses as foals and these registrations will continue to be received in years to come. Manual assessments for horses foaled in 2014 have not commenced.

Registration Statistics

Stud Book ASH Registrations remain over 75%. The number of registrations and percentages are listed below.

2014 Foals  Stud Book 1,478 77.3%
  First Cross 158 8.3%
  Second Cross (incl Special Merit) 275 14.4%
  TOTAL 1,911  
       
2004 Foals Stud Book 2,422 77.2%
  First Cross 263 8.4%
  Second Cross (incl Special Merit) 402 12.8%
  Breeding Purposes (Thoroughbred) 51 1.6%
  TOTAL 3,138  

How to apply for Heritage Stock Horse Assessment

Members may lodge an HSH Assessment Application at any time, with the appropriate fee. Prior to submitting an application, we recommend that you review the horse’s details on the Online Stud Book to check that the horse has not been previously assessed. Assessment includes all Registered ASH ancestors within three generations.  Please refer to the Society’s Rules and Regulations for eligibility. 

Assessment Results

The lists below provide the assessment results for Registered Australian Stock Horses that have been manually assessed. The results are as follows:

Click here to download HSH Assessments – Names: A - D.
Click here to download HSH Assessments – Names: E - M.
Click here to download HSH Assessments – Names: N - Z.

Horses that have been automatically assessed are not included in these lists.  You should be able to determine the percentages through the assessment results of ancestors.

How to find a Heritage Stock Horse, Sire Registered, Australian Stock Horse Stallion*

Using the Online Stud Book, you may search the Society’s database for stallions that have been Heritage Stock Horse Approved by using the following search fields and data on the Society’s Online Stud Book:

Field Search Criteria
Name: %- HSH
Select if: Animal is a STALLION AND SIRE REGISTERED
Select if: Animal is COMPETITION ELIGIBLE

Leave other fields blank and click the SEARCH button.

*Note: NOT all Sire Registered ASH Stallions have been assessed for Heritage Stock Horse status. Only stallions that have been Approved as Heritage Stock Horse will be listed.

Automatically Eligible for Heritage Stock Horse

Horses are automatically eligible for Heritage Stock Horse if both sire and dam OR a full sibling has been HSH Approved. In which case, the following scenarios apply:

  • BOTH PARENTS being HSH, the Society will automatically update the progeny as HSH with the next batch of updates.
  • FULL SIBLING being HSH and one or both parents are not HSH, Members may submit a written request for HSH approval to the Society by including a copy of the Online Stud Book printout indicating HSH for the full sibling.

Automatically NOT Eligible

In BASIC TERMS and for simple assessment by anyone, the following pedigrees are examples of horses that are automatically NOT eligible for HSH status:

  • Any horse with one ancestor within three generations being MBP (100% Modern Breed).
  • Any horse with two ancestors within four generations being MBP (100% Modern Breed).
  • Any horse with one ancestor within two generations being MB (50-100% Modern Breed).
  • Any horse with two ancestors within three generations being MB (50-100% Modern Breed).
  • Any horse with one ancestor within one generation being ABP (100% Approved Breed).
  • Any horse with two ancestors within two generations being ABP (100% Approved Breed).
  • Any horse with two ancestors within one generation being AB (50-100% Approved Breed).
  • Any horse with one ancestor within two generations being UBP (100% Unknown Breed).
  • Any horse with two ancestors within three generations being UBP (100% Unknown Breed).
  • Any horse with one ancestor within one generation being UB (50-100% Unknown Breed).
  • Any horse with two ancestors within two generations being UB (50-100% Unknown Breed).