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Following the Board Meeting held after the 2024 ASHS AGM in May: 












The Chairman of the Board is pleased to announce the results of the 2024 Board Elections in WA.

Elected for WA for a three-year term| Anna Kennedy 

Congratulations Anna and a warm welcome to the ASHS Board of Directors.  

We look forward to seeing you at the AGM & Board Meeting on the 25th and 26th May in Perth.

The Board would especially like to thank outgoing Director for WA, Lance Butcher, for his extensive contributions in the past six years and to Kerryn Mickle, for her interest and support of the ASHS through nominating in this election.


Kerryn Mickle has been nominated for election as Director for Western Australia in the upcoming Board Elections.

About Kerryn

Having been involved in horses since an early age I have competed and held positions across a field of equestrian pursuits, including roles such as Director of the Board of the Polocrosse Association of Australia and Vice-President of the WA State Management Council.

Whilst with the PAA I contributed to the High-Performance Development Plan for players leading up the 2019 World Cup, wrote and implemented the Australian Team Managers Manual for International Competition, was the liaison person with ASADA [where we educated members regarding the use of drugs in sport] and ran the social media pages for PAA.

I am a Level 2 Coach for polocrosse and coach regularly at local clinics and Pony Club, where I enjoy being at grass roots level. I am also an ASH Judge and regularly judge at ASH and Open Ridden events in Western Australia. 

Based in Kojonup, I enjoy working with and competing with my home-bred Australian Stock Horses, and encouraging others to be active members of the ASHS across all disciplines.

I am very passionate about governance and believe that all members of a club [not just the ASHS] are entitled to clear, fair and transparent communications and opportunities, as their associations offer.

My work career includes many years at management level of corporate rural entities, where my focus has been on maintaining sound financial performance and HR management. I have a strong business acumen proven by identifying and capitalising on growth opportunities, and have demonstrated ability to think laterally and problem solve.

I currently work as a rural financial counsellor, working with farmers and regional small business across the Great Southern of WA. I hold a Bachelor of Business [Agriculture] and a Diploma of Financial Counselling.

I work with a positive, can-do attitude, and believe I can bring these qualities and my skillset to the ASHS Board.  


Anna Kennedy has been nominated for election as Director for Western Australia in the upcoming Board Elections. 

About Anna

I am a passionate breeder and rider of Australian Stock Horses. My childhood was spent growing up on a station in the eastern Murchison of Western Australia. At 16, I bred my first horse from a brumby mare caught by my father, and registered him as an ASH. Today I breed a couple of horses a year, keeping a few mares for my family to ride and selling others. Some of those horses are now four generations of my breeding.

I strongly believe in “The Breed for Every Need” and the Australian Stock Horse’s ability and temperament to excel in a variety of disciplines. My children have competed at club through to National level in polocrosse, on horses we have bred and educated. We have also been involved in State Shows (once a year), campdrafting and ranch sorting, pony club, Light Horse displays, novelties and barrel racing, Branch ASH challenges, trail riding and farm/station work.

My work background is mostly in agriculture and tertiary education. I have a Bachelor of Business (Agriculture), Post Graduate Diploma in Business (Marketing), Master of Rural Management (by Research) and a Certificate IV in Training & Assessment.

I spent 15 years as a part-time lecturer teaching various subjects at the Muresk Institute of Agriculture – the University where I gained my degree, 10 years as a part-time lecturer in agriculture at TAFE, 12 years as a clerk of course and catcher at Thoroughbred and Standardbred country race meetings, 22 years as a partner in small business/ farming, a few years on a sheep research station, and in a variety of casual jobs on farms and stations around WA. I now have a small farm in the midwest of WA near Geraldton, where I have a few livestock and too many horses.

I spent about eight years on an advisory board for Muresk. We were getting the business degree back up and running, after a change of focus of the original Curtin University (and subsequent changes of ownership of the facility) to Charles Sturt University running a rural business degree there.

I would hope to represent Members across a range of interests in ASH activities. I am passionate about the Heritage Stock Horse and keeping true to the Society’s aims of preserving the history and bloodlines of the horses that developed Australia. I would like to have a Society that can provide real benefits to all Members who own Australian Stock Horses, in a way that will meet Member’s needs.

My days of riding competitively are numbered due to injuries, however I would like to give back, for a type of horse that can be a joy to ride, work and compete on, and be ridden by the whole family.


Nominations are now OPEN for interested Members to be elected to the ASHS Board. In 2024 the following Directors will retire, and are eligible for re-election:

Jenny Petrich - Northern Australia

Lance Butcher - Western Australia

Amy Grubb - South East Australia 

Members representing the following areas will be elected or re-elected to the Board of Directors for a three-year term from 2024 to 2027: 

1 from Northern Australia

1 from Western Australia

1 from South East Australia

Nominations must be received by Head Office by email or post, no later than 4.30pm Wednesday, 29th February 2024.  


𝗔𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗠𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿𝘀: 𝗗𝗡𝗔 & 𝗚𝗗𝗧 𝗙𝗲𝗲𝗱𝗯𝗮𝗰𝗸
Please follow the link to our DNA Webinar released today.
We ask that you view the Webinar and complete the survey, available via the QR code or link below.
𝗦𝘂𝗿𝘃𝗲𝘆: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ASHSDNA
A dedicated email address is also available to you should you wish to expand your thoughts or ask questions regarding further introduction of compulsory DNA and GDT: memberfeedback@ashs.com.au
We appreciate your time in viewing the Webinar and providing your feedback. Member’s feedback will be collated and presented to the Board early in the New Year.
Your feedback will assist the Board in making decisions regarding the future requirements for registration.


Dear Members,

It is with great pleasure I announce that the 2024 AGM will be held in Perth, Western Australia. 

It has been 20 years since an AGM was held in WA; WA is the fourth largest Membership state in Australia, and we look forward to connecting with as many Members as possible. 

Venue: Rendezvous Hotel, Scarborough, Perth.

Rendezvous Hotel is a part of the TFE Hotel Group and has been a corporate partner of ASHS for the past four years. 

TFE Hotel Group offers preferred rates to ASHS members. If you are looking to attend the AGM, please check out the TFE Hotel Group. 

Members will need to register to attend the AGM, with further details being made available closer to the date. 

Kind Regards,

Jenny Petrich



The ASHS Board of Directors wishes to announce that the current Board vacancies have been filled by invite by the following Members: Mr Sam Amey, Sutton, NSW, Mr Larry Cutler, Tanjil South, Vic, and Mr Robert Watchirs, Inverell, NSW. 

Acting Chairperson Jenny Petrich made the announcement this afternoon, stating, “the current Directors saw great value in inviting these passionate and dedicated ASHS Members onto the Board."

She said these positions will be an Agenda item at the next AGM for ratification and endorsement by the Membership.

Sam Amey says, “I've been involved with horses my entire life. My wife and I established ASAR Stock Horse Stud in 2006 and we've been breeding, training and campaigning since that time. I've put my name forward for the Australian Stock Horse Society Board as horses are my passion, and I want to see the continued growth of the Society.”

Larry Cutler says, “I've been on the Board previously and understand the workings of the business, and where we have potential to tweak some things. I look forward to working with the current Board and current General Manager."

Robert Watchirs says, "I believe my previous experience on the Board will be of benefit to all Members of the Society and I look forward to working with the other Board Members as we move the ASHS into the future.”

Jenny Petrich concluded, "We warmly welcome Sam, Larry, and Robert, and look forward to achieving some outstanding outcomes for Members and the Society as a whole."


The Society wishes to advise Members of the following Board Executive positions:

Acting Chairperson - Jenny Petrich

Acting Senior Vice Chairperson - Tricia Thomas

Acting Junior Vice Chairperson - Lance Butcher 


David Ricketts has resigned as Chairman and Director of the ASHS Board effective 16/09/2023. 

David’s resignation was received citing personal reasons and was accepted with complete understanding of his decision.

David Ricketts joined the Society in early 2007 and was elected to the Board as a Director in 2020; and to the position of Chairman in May this year.

The Board and General Manager extend their sincere thanks to David for his contribution as a Director, Chairman and long-standing member of the Society.

Jenny Petrich

Acting Chairperson


Darren de Jong joined the Society in early 2002. Darren was elected as a Director of the Board in 2019 and re-elected by Members for a second term in 2022.

Darren has decided to resign as a Director effectively immediately. It is with regret that his resignation has been accepted. Darren’s contribution as a Director over the past 5 years has been exemplary. His sincere passion and knowledge of the breed, its heritage, genetics and his practical nature was always beneficial when planning for the future and betterment of the Society.

The Board and General Manager extend their sincere thanks to Darren for his immeasurable contribution to the Society both as a Director and a Gold Member. Our very best wishes go with him.

David Ricketts, Chairman ASHS


Directors of the ASHS Board are pleased to advise Members that Mrs. Catherine Smith has been appointed the new General Manager of the Australian Stock Horse Society.

Catherine has a history with the Society filling the role of General Manager from 2007 through to 2011. Her return as the GM  will ensure that the Society moves into the future with stability, professionalism and a wealth of experience.

Congratulations and Welcome Catherine!


Dear Members & Staff,


The Board of Directors would like to announce the resignation of Jackie Richards as the General Manager of the ASHS Ltd.

The Board would like to thank Jackie for her time as General Manager and wish her well in her future.


Thank you

Barry Moore



Following due course as per the ASHS Rules, the Society is pleased to release the results of the 2023 Board Elections.


Elected for NSW | David Ricketts and Patricia Thomas

Elected for South Qld | Judi Powell

Congratulations to David on his re-appointment for the next three years, and a warm welcome to Patricia and Judi to the ASHS Board of Directors.

The Society would especially like to thank outgoing Directors Brett Welsh, Sara Grills and David Nash for their contributions.


2023 Board Elections

In 2023 the following ASHS Directors will retire, and are eligible for re-election:

Members representing the following areas will be elected or re-elected to the Board of Directors for a three-year term (2023-2026): 

Current Financial Members are invited to nominate, lodging the below form with Head Office no later than Tuesday, 28th February 2023. 

2023 Board Elections Nomination Form



Announcement from the ASHS Board:

2022 National Show Announcement Click Here


Following due course as per the ASHS Rules, and on the advice of the scrutineer from Rose & Partners Pty Ltd, the ASHS is pleased to release the results of the 2022 Board Elections.
𝙀𝙡𝙚𝙘𝙩𝙚𝙙 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙉𝙚𝙬 𝙎𝙤𝙪𝙩𝙝 𝙒𝙖𝙡𝙚𝙨 /𝘼𝘾𝙏 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝘿𝙖𝙧𝙧𝙚𝙣 𝙙𝙚 𝙅𝙤𝙣𝙜 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝘽𝙖𝙧𝙧𝙮 𝙈𝙤𝙤𝙧𝙚
The Society would like to sincerely thank all candidates.
This election was conducted electronically. The voter participation was disappointing from previous Board elections, with only 449 Members voting out of 2158 Members eligible.

Press Release – 2022 National Show

The ASHS National Show Committee and ASHS Board have made the difficult decision to postpone the 2022 ASHS National Show that was due to commence Thursday 10 March 2022. Due to the unprecedented weather event on the East Coast of Australia and the impact that has had on Members, Judges and Volunteers attending and resulting in a high volume of scratching’s, both the National Show Committee and the Board felt under the circumstances it would impact our ability to run a successful show. In support of our membership and taking the financial impact on the Society into consideration, there was no other alternative but to postpone the show.

We are currently working with the venue to secure a new date. Further details regarding the date will be circulated to all Members along with information on refunds, camping & stabling and nominations for the rescheduled event as soon as available.

We would like to send our support and thoughts to all our Members who have been impacted by this unprecedented weather event.

𝐈𝐦𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐦𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐚𝐠𝐞 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐀𝐒𝐇𝐒 𝐁𝐨𝐚𝐫𝐝


2YO Snaffle Bit Futurity

The Board along with its sub-committees resolved to amend the 2yo Futurity with the now adopted “Ridden Pattern”. It was debated substantially to include 2 rollbacks into the 2YO Snaffle bit event, with options being to include them in the utility pattern, to include them in the hack pattern or to remove the hack pattern and replace it with a working pattern. After much debate it was decided to implement a new concept, being the “Ridden Pattern”. This pattern is not considered to be either a hack or a working pattern, thus the name “Ridden”.

The concept is that the 2YO horse is indeed in the very infancy of their ridden life, therefore it is the Board’s belief that in the 2YO Snaffle Bit Futurity, this horse should not be required to complete neither a hack or a working-class but it is more acceptable for the 2YO horse to complete a “Ridden” pattern that simply demonstrates the basic training of a 2YO Australian Stock Horse. In the following year when the horse becomes a 3YO and competes in the 3YO Futurity, the concept naturally evolves to a hack pattern and a working pattern, so that the horse can show the development of its training over time.

To assist the membership with the new concept a pattern description was composed to inform Judges, Competitors and Spectators of the desired requirements to fulfil the correct execution of the Ridden Pattern. The pattern description is included on the pattern score sheet and is also shown below. There is no desire to see “big stops” or “fast turns” from these 2YO horses. The pattern description clearly outlines to one and all, the intention of execution of the “2YO Ridden Pattern”.

 Pattern Description for Judges, Competitors and Spectators as noted on the pattern.

“The 2YO ridden section is designed to show the basic training required for an Australian Stock Horse to start its working/performance career.

The Horse should be obedient to all commands and should be ridden on a light rein throughout the pattern to show a free-flowing/work-like movement through all paces.

The desire is to see a relaxed, well mannered young horse in the infancy of its training”.

The Board of the Australian Stock Horse Society.



Members may be aware from recent press reports that Paul Wardell, a member of the Society, is in custody following his conviction on 23 counts of aggravated sexual assault and indecent assault of two teenage girls. The Society has not made any comment to the press at this stage as we felt it was important to communicate with our Members in the first instance.

The court will hand down its sentence on 22 October 2021. 

The Society has not been involved in any court proceedings leading to Wardell’s conviction.

The Society is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for young members to participate in the activities of the Society.

The Society’s Child Protection National Policy, which may be viewed on the website, details the procedures and protocols in place to ensure the protection of minors and strict compliance with its legal and ethical obligations.  Members are urged to review the policy and maintain their familiarity with its requirements.  Wardell’s offending provides a salient example of the need to keep the protection of minors at the forefront of mind.

After being made aware of Wardell’s charges, the Society suspended his accreditation as a judge, inspector and coach.

In light of the convictions, the Society has also removed Wardell from the Society’s List of Prominent Breeders and will now proceed with disciplinary action based on constitutional and legal advice to consider his expulsion as a member at a meeting of the Board to be held on Wednesday 13th October 2021.        


Andrew Cooper

CEO - Australian Stock Horse Society

From the Boardroom Board Meeting 6-7 September 2021


The Board held a virtual meeting on Monday 6 September and Tuesday 7 September 2021.

First on the Agenda was the Election of Office Bearers, the following positions were filled:-

Chairman of the Board:- Lorna Fanning

Senior Vice-Chair:- Brett Welsh

Junior Vice-Chair:- Jenny Petrich

Treasurer:-Darren de Jong  


Branch allocations for Directors were also decided, these can be viewed on the ASHS website 2021/2022 Board of Directors. This document also provides contact details for each Director.

Election of Committees occurred:-


Stud Book

Convenor – Brett Welsh

David Nash 

Lance Butcher

Darren de Jong

Barry Moore

Sara Grills



Events Committee

Convenor – David Ricketts

Brendan Mills

Barry Moore

Jenny Petrich

Brett Welsh

Lance Butcher

David Nash


Member Services

Convenor – Jenny Petrich

David Ricketts

Barry Moore

Sara Grills

Lance Butcher



Convenor – Darren de Jong

David Ricketts

David Nash

Jenny Petrich

Lance Butcher


International Committee

Convenor – Sara Grills

Brendan Mills

Jenny Petrich


Youth Committee

Convenor – David Nash

David Ricketts

Brendan Mills

Barry Moore

Sara Grills

Brett Welsh


ASHLA Representative

Jenny Petrich

50th Anniversary Committee

Barry Moore

Campdraft Committee

Lorna Fanning

Polocrosse Committee

Sara Grills

ASHS Stockman’s Challenge - The Board agreed to move forward and develop ASHS Rules, Regulation & Patterns through the Events Committee for this event.

Voting Postcodes between Branches -The Member Services Committee will be investigating irregularities with voting postcodes between Branches.

Mentoring Programme – The Member Services Committee will look at a suggestion to develop a Mentoring Programme at its next meeting.  

Swan Cup - The Board agreed to carry over its sponsorship of Swan Cup to 2022. 

Proposed Branch in South Africa – The International Committee continue to assist South Africa with forming a Branch of the ASHS.

Rules and Regulations

Rule Changes:-

A number of Rule changes or updates were approved.

  1. Events Rules & Regulations, Section 9 – Tack & Attire, 11.1.3 have “Bosals or hackamores” removed from wording, to become. “Competitors are allowed to ride in saddlery of their own choice, and horses can be worked in any bits, however, the horse must have free use of its head and any type of head tie-down, running reins, head checks etc. must not be used.”
  2. Events Rules & Regulations, Section 3 – Tack - 8.1.5 be changed to “Australian Style stock saddles and fender saddles are permitted. (stirrups and leathers optional style). Western saddles or saddles with a horn are not permitted”
  3. ‘That all Branch and State Management Council Shows, who run Youth Classes in their programme including Youth Judging Classes, must have a class for competitors over 18 years and under 21 years of age.  
  4. The updating of the Concussion Policy


    Rules and Regulations, Section 3 – Registration of Horses, include a new clause after rule 2.3.1 in relation to Embryo Transfer as follows:


    2.3.1      Refers to the veterinary procedure where a Veterinarian or Qualified Person flushes fertile embryos from a donor mare and transfers viable fertile embryos into a recipient mare. Donor and recipient mares are usually treated with hormones so they ovulate within a given time schedule for the procedure.   Under the Embryo Transfer rules, Oocyte Transfers and Equine Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection ICSI are acceptable, being procedures where a Veterinarian or Qualified Person flushes an unfertile egg from a donor mare, then transfers the egg or an embryo to a recipient mare. Rules for Embryo Transfer, apply to any Oocyte Transfer or Equine Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) procedure.


    Rules and Regulations, Section 3 – Registration of Horses, rule 20 Heritage Stock Horse, the Board have deferred ALL 1st June 2021 changes to 1st August 2022, with the Stud Book Committee continuing to review the Heritage Stock Horse and Thoroughbred outcomes under these rules.


    20.3.1         To be eligible for Heritage Stock Horse, Breed Ancestry must NOT exceed the following:      Until 1st August 2022, equivalent to 100% Thoroughbred.      From 1st August 2022, not equivalent to or exceed 50% Thoroughbred lineage.


    20.4            Definitions for BREED ANCESTRY and clarification for acceptable breed limitations, we provide the following:

    20.4.1         Until 1st August 2022, the horse being assessed is not a Stud Book (Thoroughbred); or 100% Thoroughbred (TB) lineage, being all grandparents (2nd generation) being Thoroughbred registered on any international Thoroughbred Online Stud Book.

    20.4.2         From 1st August 2022, the horse being assessed is not a Stud Book (Thoroughbred); and must not be equivalent to or exceed 50% Thoroughbred (TB) lineage, being one parent (1st generation), two grandparents (2nd generation) or four great grandparents (3rd generation) being Thoroughbred registered on any international Thoroughbred Online Stud Book. Further generations are not assessed for Thoroughbred registration.


    Rules and Regulations, Section 3 – Registration of Horses, the Board have adopted the following rule amendments in relation to altered Breeding Certificates:


    3.8              From 1st September 2021, an ASH Breeding Certificate lodged with an Application for Registration that is incomplete or incorrectly completed may be ACCEPTED, or REJECTED by the Society as follows: 

    3.8.1           The Stallion Owner is responsible for ensuring the correct information in relation to the mating is completed on the ASH Breeding Certificate. Incomplete ASH Breeding Certificates will be returned to the stallion owner for completion. 

    3.8.2           Alterations to ASH Breeding Certificates may be accepted providing the change is clearly able to be determined by the Society with only one line through the error, correct information clearly completed. Any acceptable alterations not initialled by the Stallion Owner will be returned to the Stallion Owner. 

    3.8.3           ASH Breeding Certificates submitted with an Application for Registration and the Society has determined the certificate is incorrect, the certificate will be returned to the Stallion Owner for alteration. Providing the alteration is acceptable by the Society, the altered ASH Breeding Certificate for the purpose of the registration may be accepted. 

    3.8.4           The use of white out will result in the ASH Breeding Certificate being REJECTED. Inability for the Society to determine the initial information through multiple crossing out of an error will result in the ASH Breeding Certificate being REJECTED. More than one change to the same information will result in the ASH Breeding Certificate being REJECTED.

    3.8.5           It is the responsibility of the stallion owner to ensure ALL service agreements require any changes to ASH Breeding Certificates to be initialled by the Stallion Owner. 

    3.8.6           ASH Breeding Certificates may only be used for one Application for Registration. If an ASH Breeding Certificate is submitted with a second Application for Registration, it will be REJECTED.

New Trophy for National Youth Show was now implemented to recognise the most successful Branch annually at the National Youth Show.

50th Anniversary Committee agreed to apply to Tamworth Council to seek agreement for the next time capsule and the memorial stone to be relocated to AELEC.

The Classic Ladies Foundation, Young Ambassador Quest ASHS representative for 2022, will be Alexandria Barnes.


The Society proudly celebrating 50 years


Welcome one and all to this historic year of the Australian Stock Horse Society, wow 50 years. The journey of the 50th Anniversary year of our great Society has begun and I hope everyone is saddled up and ready for a fantastic year of celebrating our magnificent Australian Stock Horse and the Society in general.

The first major ideas from the committee are now in fruition with the delivery of the wrist watches and the coffee table book well underway with the publishers. Almost all of the wrist watches have been sold and these will be worn with pride throughout the year and into the future, a wonderful keepsake. There will be the possibility of a second round of sales for the wrist watches dependent on demand. The coffee table book continues to meet all publishing deadlines and is sure to be delivered on time for sales at the National show. There has been an unprecedented amount of work go into this book and the result is being awaited with great anticipation.

We should by now have stocks of merchandise at Head Office that you the Members can purchase to show your love of the Society and this great achievement. Going forward into the year we have ordered a number of memorandum pieces that will be awarded at many of our major events, these include Fob watches, Medallions, Ribbon badges and lapel pins.

As we enter 2021, I have been thinking more and more about the 50th Anniversary and the significance of this milestone and the blood, sweat and tears that so many have put into the Society over the years.  As a way to encourage Members, particularly our younger Members to express their appreciation of the Society and their love of the ASH Breed we have pleasure in launching the 50th Anniversary Writing & Poetry Competition.

Depending on the category our budding writers will have the opportunity to research horses, breeding, breeders, studs and the origins of bloodlines or to choose a past or present prominent member and research their involvement and contribution to the Society.  This competition will give the opportunity to learn more about ASH bloodlines, the early years of the ASHS and some of the Society’s most dedicated and committed Members.

The competition will offer 4 different categories and be broken up into 4 age groups. The winners will be announced at the 2021 AGM and published in the ASHS Journal. All entries will be displayed at the 2021 AGM. There will be prizes for the winner of each age group in each category.

A new event that has been instigated by the Board and that will form part of our major celebration events is the ASHS Championship Campdraft. This event will be held in Goondiwindi, Queensland on the 6th,7th & 8th of August and is sure to be an exciting event in our 50th year.

We are still continuing to work hard behind the scenes to bring together a tremendous week of celebrations based around the AGM, so more to come from this in the near future. After implementing the Platinum badges for 30 years or more continuous Membership we are proud to also announce that a Diamond badge and membership has been developed and will be rolled out this year, the 50th year, and these VIP members will be presented with their badges at the AGM in Scone.

In the early months of this year 50 years ago the first meetings of our passionate forebears were coming together to lay the foundation for what we now have today. Work has been going on to try and organise events to commemorate these meetings. Hopefully, there will be more information to come shortly.

Members get engaged, remember your history and celebrate this magnificent milestone.

Barry Moore
50th Anniversary Convenor

Tri-Nations Challenge


I have received notification that the Australian Hunter & Show Horse Association (AHSHA) have had to cancel the Tri-Nations Challenge of their forthcoming show due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. Their full show will continue at this stage.

I would like to thank the members that have contacted me offering their horses for the event. The AHSHA have requested that the Society be involved with this event in 2021, so hopefully, we can help them with their request to supply horses next year.

Regards Vicki Mascord.



The Society has been approached by the Australian Hunter & Show Horse Association (AHSHA) to become involved in their Tri-Nations Challenge between three countries being the UK, NZ and Australia.

These three countries are represented by four riders between the ages of 18 – 25 years, who have been selected to represent their country in judging, dressage and showing.

The Tri-Nations entrants will require 12 horses (plus possibly another 3 as back up), and the AHSHA have invited the Society to provide these horses as they are known for the breed for every need. 

This competition will be held on the Friday of the AHSHA 2020 National Show on the 27 -29 November 2020 in Canberra.

The horses will be required to complete a led judging section – currently, the committee is thinking along the lines of our Junior Judging event.  All horses will be required to be of a suitable level to complete a Preliminary 1B Dressage test and this would be followed by Hack / Hunter show class.

These 12 riders and horses will attend a Masterclass prior to the competition. Leading show riders/trainers/dressage/working hunter/show preparation instructors will host the three Masterclasses for the Tri-Nations competitors.  The horses will be introduced to the 12 riders by the owners of the horses and the use of the training arenas around the grounds can be used to familiarise themselves with the horse.  The horses will be selected at random via a draw which is non-negotiable by competitors.  The owners of the horses will be required to outline any issues / specific riding instruction and the like to each competitor.

Any horse which is selected, that is already registered with the AHSHA will be eligible to compete over the weekend following the Tri-Nations Challenge with their own rider.

A brief outline of performances in all 3 sections, along with the details of age, height, the gender of the horse and the suitability for another rider to compete on will be required.  This will be issued following an expression of interest made to Vicki Mascord – 0427 460 920 or by email vicki.mascord@hotmail.com

The Society can see this as a wonderful opportunity to showcase our Breed.

A message from the Chief Executive Officer regarding recent Facebook activity


In light of some very negative comments from Society Members on various Facebook Pages over the last 24 hours regarding the Society’s Prominent Breeders List, I want to take the opportunity to remind everyone of our Social Media Policy that can be found on the ASHS Website: https://www.ashs.com.au/media/1809/part-2-social-media-policy-251119.pdf

In renewing for 2020, Members agree to observe the Society’s Rules and Regulations, and Codes of Conduct. Any failure to do so will not be tolerated and the Society will take all action deemed necessary to protect the integrity of the Society.

If any Member has an issue or matter they would like to raise than I encourage you to contact the Society so we can discuss this directly and not hide behind a social media post.

Freedom of speech is important as it often generates ideas but negative speech is unproductive.

During these challenging times where we are all trying to do our very best with limited resources to maintain our Member Services and promote the ASHS community, it is extremely disappointing that some Members choose to use this time to generate such inflammatory comments.

Now more than ever it is important to be mindful of the welfare of our friends and neighbours and the broader community. We will continue to provide updates and will endeavour to maintain our service to Members, albeit in a limited capacity. The Society’s focus is and will remain to continue to support our Members and promote our wonderful breed.

On behalf of the ASHS Board and Staff, we hope that you all stay safe and continue to look after one and other.

We know that many of you are facing great uncertainty and please know that we are available via phone and email.


Andrew Cooper

Chief Executive Officer



Help and information regarding Coronavirus is available through: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert & https://www.australia.gov.au/




Update from the Society



I want to provide an update to all our Members and needless to say these are difficult times as the current pandemic is such a moving beast. We are constantly reviewing information on a daily basis to try and plan for the future and following is a quick overview of where we are currently positioned;

National Show Refunds – We regret this has been a slow process due to some issues from a third party supplier. We are now working through these manually and plan to start refunding these fees from today. We wanted to ensure these were accurate before refunding to all competitors.

2020 National Show Dates – We have secured a new booking at AELEC from 9 to 13 September. The National Show Committee will be looking at the program to see what can be run over these 5 days. Should this situation of the Coronavirus continue during this planned date, then we will endeavour to secure an alternate date to run before the end of the year. As there is no certainty at this stage we can only wait and see and have some contingency plans in place.

FOY – We plan to run the FOY Sale in conjunction with the National Show and will continue to provide everyone with updates when available.

ASH National Campdraft Championships – The plans to run the inaugural Campdraft Championship have been cancelled for this year so this will now become a feature event next year as part of our 50th Anniversary.

USA & Canada Breeder’s Tour – The plans to run this tour in September have also been postponed with the tour to be rescheduled for 2021. All Members who have submitted an Expression of Interest will be contacted individually.

ASH Society Office – Currently we have three staff who are in self-isolation as they have either been overseas or interstate. Our first priority is to ensure all our staff are safe and we continue to work on taking precautionary measures for their wellbeing. From today, the office will be closed to the public however we will continue to operate from inside at this stage.

We are currently working through what I see as our primary role in keeping on top of the processing of new Memberships, Renewals, Registrations, Transfers and responding to all phone and email enquiries. If we can also implement other initiatives in the short to medium term then, of course, we will do so.

We are also working through many other business requirements including the end of the financial year on 31 March and Audit which may affect the ability to run our AGM in August. This also affects all Branches and State Management Councils. From the information released on Sunday, I expect the Government to release changes around this soon.  

As we have seen regularly in the media, the Coronavirus is an unprecedented outbreak and is something we all need to deal with for the time being, so let’s bunker down as we ride this out together.

Please stay safe and we will continue to update our Members as we learn more.


Andrew Cooper
Chief Executive Officer

Important Information regarding all ASHS Branch and Management Council Events and Activities



Today the Board and Management agreed following advice from Government Heath Authorities and our Risk Managers that all ASHS events be suspended effective immediately until further notice, meetings are exempt.

This decision was not taken lightly and we hope Members will understand and support that the measures are in the best interest of all Members, stakeholders and the general public.

This process will be reviewed on a fortnightly basis and we will continue to provide information as it comes to hand.

Should you require any further information, please call Head Office on 02 65451122

2020 ASHS National Show Update


2020 ASHS National Show Update

The Board and Management have decided today not to proceed with the National Show on 24th to 30th April 2020.

Following the implementation today of the Public Health Public Events Order by Brad Hazzard MP, Minister for Health and Medical Research, the Board unanimously agreed to postpone the National Show program to a date in September or October. Further advice on dates will be made as soon as these are confirmed.

The Board also agreed to refund all nomination fees in full and this will be done as soon as is practical. We will be in contact with AELEC and they will advise on their refund policy for Stabling and Camping.

Should you require any further information then please do not hesitate to contact Head Office on 02 6545 1122

Notice Concerning Horse Welfare


The Australian Stock Horse Society is aware of recent social media activity critical of a social media post by a well-known horse stud depicting images of the handling of a young horse.  Those images were found to be deeply disturbing for many of the Society’s members and for many members of the broader community in general. 

The Society takes the opportunity to confirm its absolute and unequivocal commitment towards horse welfare and the promotion of husbandry practices consistent with positive horse welfare and well-being. The Society maintains a Code of Conduct for ASHS Breeders and Horse Owners that elaborates, through a series of core value statements, the Society’s expectations and requirements of its members in relation to horse husbandry practices. The Society also has in place a Horse Welfare Policy that embraces the Australian Horse Welfare Protocol, the collaborative work of a number of national horse organisations and administered by the Australian Horse Industry Council.  The Protocol sets out in detail the standards to which members are required to adhere in relation to all aspects of horse husbandry practices and, importantly, guidelines for achieving those ends.

It is of utmost importance to the Society that its Code of Conduct for ASHS Breeders and Horse Owners and its Horse Welfare Policy be observed by its members in the strictest of terms.  The Board is currently investigating this matter. Concerns or complaints about horse welfare issues should be made direct to the Society and will be promptly and thoroughly investigated.    

A Message From the Chairman

Dear Members,

The Board would like to offer our thoughts & prayers for everyone affected by these horrific fires and devastating drought and hope & pray for rain in the very near future.

The Board is looking forward to 2020 and welcoming our new CEO, Andrew Cooper, who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Society.

The National Youth Pointscore for 2019 is currently open and need to be lodged by 31st January - Nominate Here.  Your polocrosse achievements for 2019 need to be submitted for consideration of ASHS State Rookie & Open Horse awards and lodged by 31st January - Lodge Resume. Don’t miss the opportunity to submit your achievements for these awards. 

On behalf of the Board, I take this opportunity to mention some of the Society’s initiatives to be introduced during 2020.

 There is currently work being done on reviewing patterns to enable the ASHS to release a new Pattern Book later in the year.

 The ASHS Board has approved new Registration and Inspection Rules & Regulations and we recommend Members take the time to read these on the website.

We thank you for your ongoing support during 2019. We hope you enjoy being involved in the Society as a Breeder or at ASH events, either as a competitor, spectator, or volunteer and we look forward to working with you again in 2020. 

Lastly a big thank you to outgoing CEO, Steve Guihot for taking the reins over the last 12 months, we appreciate it.

Society Announces new CEO

Society Chairman Ms Lorna Fanning today announced the Society had secured the services of an outstanding candidate for the role of CEO starting in January 2020.

“Andrew Cooper comes to us with an extensive background in event and project management as well as logistics and financial control”.  Andrew’s relationship with the Society extends back to the late nineteen eighties, where he spent around 17 years until 2003 with the RAS Sydney in various management roles” she said.

Ms Fanning was enthusiastic about the appointment. “We have so many plans going forward and Andrew was a standout from over 25 Candidates for the position”.

Ms Fanning thanked the interim CEO for his time this year. “Steve provided us with an opportunity to refocus on what was important and we are grateful for that opportunity,” she said.

Looking forward Ms Fanning said Andrew will need to hit the ground running.  “We have a National Show, Fiftieth Anniversary Plans, AGM,  Approved Sales and a whole lot more to keep Andrew busy,” she said. “We hope the Members are as pleased about the appointment as we are”.  Ms Fanning went on, “Andrew’s links to many of our established sponsors and his connections in the broader corporate world should enable us to continue to provide outstanding value for our Members in these tough and unusual times” she concluded.

Further details available by phoning the Australian Stock Horse Society (02) 6545 1122 or by email enquiry pa@ashs.com.au


From the Boardroom - November 2019

November was busy with a Board Meeting being held in Scone. At the meeting, many enhancements developed and prepared by the Stud Book Committee were adopted by the Board.

One of the biggest enhancements adopted by the Board was the Base Registry - a new registration category which is planned to open in the New Year. In practical terms, a Base Registry horse was a horse not previously eligible for ASH registration. A Base Registry horse will have one HSH parent, one HSH grandparent or two HSH great grandparents (ie at least 25% HSH or more) and may be registered as a mare, gelding or stallion. More details on the requirements, process and fees will be available in the New Year and published in the January/February 2020 Journal.

The Board also reviewed Heritage Stock Horse (HSH) rules, and agreed, that to receive HSH status, a horse must attain 87.5% Heritage Stock Horse. This will be phased in during the next financial year when the computer resources are updated.

Additionally, under the Breeding Purposes rules, the Board decided to include International Thoroughbreds or any horse registered by a Thoroughbred Stud Book authority, recognised by the International Stud Book Committee (ISBC).

With the introduction of the Base Registry, the need for Special Merit registration was debated. In reviewing statistics, most horses being registered under Special Merit are either currently eligible for First Cross ASH Registration or will be eligible under the Base Registry. As a result, it was decided that Special Merit Registrations would commence being phased out from 1st August 2021.

For further details on Boardroom decisions regarding Stud Book matters, please contact Brett Welsh 0429 120 874, or make sure you read the January/February 2020 Journal.

Lorna Fanning

Expressions Of Interest for the ASHS New Pattern Book


Members can send in patterns that may be considered for inclusion into the New ASHS Pattern Book.

To be submitted to the Events Department by email:


or post

PO Box 288 Scone NSW 2337 no later than 30th November 2019.

Australian Stock Horse Society Reduces Membership Fees for people renewing by early 2020

Australian Stock Horse Society Chairman Lorna Fanning announced today that the Board had frozen membership fees for next year and approved a reduced membership fee for all members renewing before early January 2020.
Ms Fanning said that whilst a five percent discount wasn’t a lot, it was some recognition of the current circumstances for a great many of our Members. “We’d like it to be more,” she said, “this rotten drought is affecting so many people”.
The Society relies on people renewing each year to be able to provide activities and benefits for its members. “We can’t continue to provide all of our services without the support of our members,” Ms Fanning said. “So if people can’t afford to feed stock or they are running out of water, there’s no way they can pay for things like membership,” she said.
Ms Fanning was at pains to point out that the Society was not crying poor. “Some of our people are at breaking point, our first thoughts have to be with those that are dealing with the devastating consequences of this dry period,” she said.
Ms Fanning went on to say that the Society has some modest but exciting plans for their 50th Anniversary in 2021. “Members need to know that we recognise that some are doing it really tough at the moment. We would ask that if at all possible you stick with us next year to enjoy all of what 2021 brings. It [the drought] has to break soon” she continued.
The Society has weathered almost half a century of good times and bad. “The resilience of our members will see us through this tough time as well,” she said. “I can’t think of another organisation in this country better positioned with the history, heart, stamina and bright future to tackle another half-century” she concluded.

ASHS Announces A New Director


Society Chairman Ms Lorna Fanning today announced that a new Director had agreed to serve on the Board for the remainder of the term left vacant by the resignation of Robert Watchirs from NSW. The new Director is Ms Vicki Mascord from Sydney.

Ms Fanning said, “Vicki comes to the Board with a lifetime of experience and involvement in the Society through Branch & Management Council and was recently awarded our National Volunteer of the Year.”  Ms Fanning continued “Vicki is highly regarded in the Society and in the broader horse industry in general.”

Ms Fanning said the Board would like to thank Robert Watchirs for his time on the Board and wish him well in the future.

With four women now on the Board, Ms Fanning said that gender balance was an important issue to be considered along with skill-based attributes when selecting a new Director. “The Society’s demographic is predominantly female and we need to reflect that on our Board,” she said. 

With the Society set to celebrate its 50th Anniversary in 2021, Ms Fanning believes that more women should consider governance roles in the industry. “I am so pleased to be able to work with a Board that is progressive, cohesive and committed to what the future may hold” she concluded.

Update from Brett Welsh - Convener of the ASHS Stud Book Committee


I have received some questions regarding the proposed Base Register mentioned in a media release from our Chairman, Lorna Fanning.

The board is working towards keeping the membership informed and involved in proceedings, hence these updates. They will come as quickly and as often as possible. Some may be merely ideas for comment, others may develop into regulation. Please be involved and offer constructive criticism but refrain from distasteful remarks - these may be works in progress and we are all on the same team.

Base Register  - The ‘Base Register’ is a working title for a concept in development.

It is proposed that the minimum entry level for a new sub-category - the (Base Registry) would require that a horse must have at least ONE HSH grandparent or TWO HSH great grandparents. (i.e. 25% HSH).

In conjunction with the proposed Heritage Stock Horse Stud Book, this proposal would bring our practices more in line with the Mission Statement of the Society.

 So in summary, this means that going forward all horses being registered in the Base Registry will have to possess HSH ancestry. This is a concept. It requires much consultation, development, legal advice and regulation.

The Australian Stock Horse Society Announces new Chairman of The ASHS Board


The Australian Stock Horse Society is proud to announce that their new Chairman is Ms Lorna Fanning from Queensland.  Ms Fanning from Warwick (Queensland) is a well-known local personality in the Campdraft and Stock Horse world.

Commenting after her first Board meeting as Chairman, Ms Fanning said that she was really pleased with both the direction and work ethic of the new Board.  “Over the last two days we made decisions around member benefits, a Loyalty Program, a Heritage Stud Book, implementing a Base Register for horses that are not currently eligible for Stud Book Registration, the 50th Anniversary celebrations and a whole lot more.”

“We were also delighted with the news that with over 1000  sires now tested for genetic disorders, that only around 1% had come backtesting as a carrier,” she said.  “This has given us the opportunity to manage the problem within our Stud Book” she continued.

“I am so pleased and humbled to be given the honour of leading this great organisation for the next twelve months.  We have a great deal of work to do in preparation for our fiftieth anniversary and I am very keen to ensure that we honour our past and set a great platform for our future” she concluded.

2019 AGM & Awards Dinner

2019 Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday 17th August, 2019 in Brisbane, Queensland.
Brisbane Riverview Hotel, Cnr Kingsford Smith Drive & Hunter Street Hamilton QLD 4007 Phone: (07) 3862 1800.

Registration will commence at 9.30am
Members Forum to follow at 10.00am

AGM Opening - 1.30pm


Followed by Awards Dinner from 6.30pm - Tickets $58.00 per person (Guests to purchase own drinks)

Steve Guihot - Chief Executive Officer

2019 Election - ASHS Board of Directors - NSW/ACT

The ASHS would like to announce the results of the Election.

The Society welcomes Darren de Jong and Barry Moore as the newly elected ASHS Directors.

The ASHS would like to thank the outgoing Director, Craig Young for his outstanding contribution to the Society.

Steve Guihot - Chief Executive Officer