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Horse Float Raffle Result

Congratulations to Mrs Marjolijn Fitzgerald, of Walcha NSW 2354, the winner of The Australian Stock Horse Society and Smiff Industries Horse Float Raffle.

Change to the dates and venue of 2010 National Championships

Please note that the 2010 ASHS National Championships will be held at the Australian Equine & Livestock Event Centre (AELEC) in Tamworth from 14th to 16th May 2010.

Click here to refer to the National Championships Page

The 2010 Fountain of Youth Sale will now be held at the Nationals at AELEC on Saturday, 15th May 2010.

Commonwealth Bank Star of the Year and Prince of Wales Trophy Awarded

The Commonwealth Bank Star of the Year Trophy is an Annual Award that recognises an Australian Stock Horse which is deemed to be a good Ambassador for the Society. THE BRAES DRUMMER is the recipient for 2008. Drummer has appeared often in large public entertainments in the last seven years and his versatility certainly fits the saying "the Breed for Every Need".

The Prince of Wales Perpetual Trophy is awarded annually in recognition of an Australian Stock Horse that has achieved a number of prestigious performance awards in three event categories in a calendar year. RINGWOULD JAGUAR is the recipient for 2008. Jaguar has excelled at a National and International level in his chosen field. His courage and grace wowed audiences at the 2008 Olympic Games and he is a deserving winner of this award.

(Right Hand Photo by Julie Wilson)

Strangles Outbreak

Take note that strangles is in NSW. All states need to be on the alert. NSW DPI has advised of a number of recent outbreaks of strangles on horse properties. Advice from NSW is as follows:

Strangles – take care when introducing new horses to your property. In the last few weeks there have been several cases of strangles on horse properties in NSW have occurred after a new horse arrived on the property.

A horse can appear normal, but be incubating the disease or be a source of infection. Horses can incubate strangles infection for 3 to 8 days before appearing sick. A horse that has had strangles can remain infectious for at least 4 weeks after they recover; some may remain infectious for up to 8 months. For this reason it is important to keep new horses isolated from other horses on your property for at least 2 weeks and check them daily for signs of ill-health. It is a good idea to ask the person who last cared for the horse whether the horse has been sick in the last few months, or if it has been in contact with sick horses, and get as many details as you can.

If your horse develops a fever, snotty nose or swellings under the jaw consult your veterinarian as soon as possible.

Remember, strangles is a notifiable disease in NSW. Further information on strangles, how to prevent it, and how to report it is available at:

Strangles is only one of the notifiable diseases of horses inAustralia. Horse owners should be aware of those diseases - more information can be found on the websites of the different State Departments.

Biosecurity and Quarantine

The current outbreak of Hendra virus (HeV) on a horse property in QLD emphasises again the critical importance of observation and reporting of clinical disease in horses. Recently, outbreaks of strangles on a number of properties in NSW provide additional proof of the need for all horse owners to institute biosecurity measures on their properties. This includes isolation of all new arrivals for a suitable period to prevent introduction of any disease onto the property.

2009 ASHS Annual General Meeting Minutes

The AGM went well with over 60 Members attending - please view the photos below. The minutes of the meeting have been compiled into a pdf file for viewing and are available for download by clicking on the following link:

Please click here to download the 2009 ASHS AGM Minutes

Captions (L to R):
1. Vicki Mascord, Honorary Member Reva Flint, Jacqueline Mascord and Jean Gavin
2. Malcolm Field and Jenny Petrich
3. Presentation of the Prince of Wales Perpetual Trophy to Augusta Saunders, owner of RINGWOULD JAGUAR. Presented by Sally Scott
4. Presentation of the Commonwealth Bank Star of the Year award to Steve Jefferys and Sandy Langsford, owners of THE BRAES DRUMMER. Presented by Malcolm Field.
5. Honorary Member Reva Flint with David Wilson
6. Cecilia Gavin, General Manager Catherine Smith and Maree Sankey
7. Jean Gavin and John Lyons

New Patron for the Society

The Governor-General, Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia has accepted the position of Honorary Patron of The Australian Stock Horse Society.

Australia Takes Silver in Team Eventing at Hong Kong

Australia won the Olympic silver medal in the team eventing Tuesday night, after being narrowly pipped for gold by Germany.

Sonja Johnson, riding Australian Stock Horse RINGWOULD JAGUAR, recorded a score of 58.80 in the team showjumping.

"I know I don't always ride the prettiest round in the world but the prettiest thing we were after is that zero (penalties) on the board," she said. "So therefore I think it's probably been one of the prettiest rounds of the night."

Winner of the Victorian Bushfire Fundraising Raffle

The raffle was drawn over the weekend of the 2009 National Championships. The lucky winner of the brown gelding, STOCKHAVEN LUCKY STAR, was Mr Jason Fry from Bunyip North in Victoria. Congratulations! It was lucky for Jamie that a friend of his was competing at the Nationals and was able to take Luck Star to his new home.

Thank you to all who bought tickets for the raffle and most especially to Peter and Kerrie Allan for donating Lucky Star. Thanks must also go to all who helped make it happen. The money raised will go to those in need after the devastating Victorian Bushfires.

Horse Float Raffle Winner

Congratulations to Mr Ashley Jennings from Queensland whose name was drawn as the winner of the ASHS/Smiff Industries Horse Float Raffle.

2009 Membership Renewal Winners

Congratulations to the following Members:

$2,000 Travel Voucher Winner:
Allison Blackshaw, Victoria

ASHS Saddle Cloth Winners:
Rodney Kings, Queensland
Dennis Neal, Victoria
Le-Roy Trengove, New South Wales
Kelly Butterworth, South Australia
John McFadden, New South Wales
Raymond Schmidt, Queensland