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".
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:
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.
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:
The Society boasts an extensive calendar of events held in locations right around Australia. Click here to view a full list of Coming Events.
His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales
Chief Executive Officer: Mr David Gatwood