Fact Sheet

History

The forebears of the breed arrived in Australia on the First Fleet. Early shipments included English Thoroughbreds and Spanish stock, later imports included more Thoroughbreds, Arabs, Timor and Welsh Mountain Ponies.

After explorers Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson crossed the Blue Mountains west of Sydney in 1813, others ventured inland. Explorers, stockmen, settlers, bushrangers and troopers all required strong reliable horses that could travel long distances, day after day. In the breeding process, weak horses were culled and despite the mixed origins of these horses, over a period of almost 150 years they developed into a strong and handsome type.

Later the horse was called the Waler after the Colony of New South Wales and some 400,000 of these horses were exported to serve the cavalry during a number of military conflicts. Only one horse ever returned to these shores. It was not until 1971 that the horse became known and formally registered as the Australian Stock Horse and is affectionately referred to as "The Breed for Every Need".

Scope

The Australian Stock Horse Society was established in 1971 in Scone NSW. Today it is the premier breed society for performance horses in Australia with:

  • 9,500 Members nationally and internationally
  • More than 180,000 horses registered
  • 56 Branches throughout Australia and 1 Branch in the United States of America
Disciplines

The Australian Stock Horse is described as "The Breed for Every Need". This is because it is bred with the stamina, strength and versatility for a variety of uses, including: stock mustering, pony club, showjumping, dressage, polo, polocrosse, campdrafting, hacking, eventing, endurance and riding for the disabled.

Mission

To maintain the heritage and to promote the bloodlines and high performance of the Australian Stock Horse among equestrian activities and the general public. It aims to:

  • preserve the heritage and identity of the Australian Stock Horse;
  • promote the development and popularity of Australian Stock Horses throughout Australia and the world and
  • maximise the benefits of owning a Registered Australian Stock Horse and being a Member of The Australian Stock Horse Society.
Events

The Society boasts an extensive calendar of events held in locations right around Australia. Click here to view a full list of Coming Events.

Patron

His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales

Executive

Chief Executive Officer: Mr David Gatwood
Click here for details of the current Board of Directors and their contact details.

Contact

W www.ashs.com.au
T +61 02 6545 1122
F +61 02 6545 2165
E info@ashs.com.au