The Australian Stock Horse Society

The Australian Stock Horse Society was established in 1971 in Scone, New South Wales with the aim of preserving and promoting the bloodlines of the Australian Stock Horse, recognised for its versatility and superior performance amongst work and leisure breeds. Today the Society is Australia's largest equine recreational and pleasure association, with a loyal and growing membership of more than 9,500 individuals and in excess of 180,000 registered horses in the Stud Book.

Banner Photo Credit (L-R): Leo McGuire, Julie Wilson, Geoff Bateman, Narelle Wockner.



ASHS Stud Book - Stallion Owners Notice

Compulsory Tests For Genetic Disorders
Some Australian Stock Horses have been identified as carriers of HERDA - Hereditary Equine Regional Dermal Asthenia. It is a severe skin disorder, causing blistering and lesions, leading to secondary infections and early death. HERDA can be traced through Quarter Horse lineage to a mare called Miss Taylor (born in the USA in 1933), the dam of influential Quarter Horse sire, Poco Bueno. Members should research the disorder before breeding. The AQHA requires horses to be tested and results are available on the AQHA database.

On 9th March, the ASHS Board discussed Genetic Disorders and how to manage them - OLWS, HYPP, HERDA, PSSM1, MH, GBED. They agreed, management is paramount. For further information and key points relating to sire registered stallions, progeny of horses testing positive (carrier or affected) and registration of progeny born after 1st August 2020 (must be negative) as adopted by the Board - click here.

Stallion Owners Notice

  • All Sire Registered stallions must be tested for Genetic Disorders by 1st August 2019. Results will be noted on the horse’s registration. 
  • Stallions or colts being Sire Registered will require Genetic Disorder Testing.  Any horse returning a Positive Test (carrier or affected) will be REJECTED for Sire Registration.
  • Stallion owners can test their stallions now, enabling results to be disclosed to mare owners before mating.



ASHS Stud Book - Proposed Stud Book Changes

Proposed Stud Book Changes - March
The Board are reviewing ways of improving the integrity of the Society’s Stud Book. Part of these discussions, include a vision to introduce a Breeding Appendix for mares and stallions. As a result of these discussions, a special resolution will be presented to Members at the 2018 Annual General Meeting to remove Clause 11, STUD BOOK of the SOCIETY’S CONSTITUTION in its entirety and a replacement clause has been drafted and is currently available for Members to review.  

Click to view the current Constitution for The Australian Stock Horse Society

Click to view the recommended replacement clause

Click for further information on the introduction of a Breeding Appendix

Update from May Board Meeting
As a result of Member’s feedback, the Board have agreed to some changes and extra information concerning the Breeding Appendix concept. The proposed Stud Book changes will be presented to Members at the 2018 ASHS Annual General Meeting. Members are invited to attend the meeting (in person, or by proxy) to vote on a Special Resolution to change the Stud Book clauses in the Constitution.

Click for further information on the proposed Stud Book changes

See the Notice Board below for details on the Society's 2018 Annual General Meeting.