In 1970 the late Mr. Ray Williams, a Perth businessman, travelled the world looking for what he considered to be the perfect horse to breed and cross with Australian horses to produce competition and pleasure horses.
In London he saw the famous Alvaro Domecq troupe from the Andalusian School of Equestrian Art performing. He travelled to Jerez, the "home" of the Spanish Andalusian Breed. Consequently, in September 1971, Mr. Williams purchased the beautiful stallion, Bodeguero, and five purebred mares (three of which were in foal). They arrived at Woorooloo, 60km from Perth, and the first Andalusian stud in Australia, " Bodeguero Stud " was established.
Many more purebred horses were imported and, in March 1973, the Association was created by the original importers of the Pure Spanish stallions and mares. This Association has maintained the Stud Books for the pure Spanish Andalusian (Pura Raza Espanola), the Australian Andalusian and the Partbred Andalusian since conception. In 2004, a stud book for the Pure Spanish/Portuguese bred horse was commenced jointly with the Lusitano Horse Association of Australasia. Very active State Branches of the AHAA have been formed in all States of Australia.
Importation of new bloodlines was restricted for many years due to strict quarantine regulations. However, since 1999, Australia has benefited from the importation of new bloodlines with the following horses:‑
Amoroso 22, Brioso XXXIX, Jovial SI, Galero I, Sonajero XI, Luminoso GF, Galardon.
The logo adopted for the AHAA came from the magnificent photo of the first Pure Spanish Andalusian in Australia, "Bodeguero", performing Spanish Walk. It was an excellent choice, being immediately recognised and identified with the Association and our wonderful horses.
After the first Andalusian horses arrived in Australia, acceptance of the largely unknown breed was a lengthy process. Australia`s horse heritage stemmed mainly from Anglo‑Saxon and English speaking nations. Though they too owed much of their foundation stock to the Spanish horse, export from Spain had been banned for more than a century and the breed, with dangerously low numbers, had moved into obscurity. Europe, however, has always acknowledged the important part that the Spanish horse had to play in the formation of its various breeds and, today, the Spanish horse is once again being used, not only as the purebred horse with no peer in High School Dressage, but as a valuable aid to improving the ability and temperament of dressage and performance horses all over the world. Today in Australia, the Andalusian is enjoying a resurgence in popularity, with the quality of our purebred horses at a high standard and the abilities of our various partbred horses proving their worth.