2017 AHAA National Championships

The 2017 National Championships will be hosted by the Victorian Branch and will be held on 3rd, 4th and 5th March at Tatura.

AHAA Qld State Championships 2016

Entries for QLD AHAA State champs are now live.  Entries close early September so please get your nominations in early!

Led classes on the Saturday
Ridden classes on the Sunday
Dressage (@ qsec outdoor sand arenas) Monday

Fund raiser bbq is on the Saturday night…

2016 AGM

Following the AGM on 25th June, we have a new Councillor - Merle Ireland of Anchorbar Stud.  Dianne Baxter is President for another year and Christine Shanahan is Vice-President.

Outstanding Quality Audit Results for our DNA lab


Paul Brown


It is with a heavy heart that I am notifying AHAA members of the death of our Vice-President, Paul Brown. Paul died suddenly of an aortic aneurysm in his sleep on Tuesday night/Wed morning. Paul is a former AHAA President and was an active Council member for many years before that. He was always ready to support the association in any way he could. His financial advice was always appreciated and, at the last AHAA Nationals, he was a tireless ring steward in the main arena. He just loved Andalusian horses and he also loved mixing with other Andalusian owners and enthusiasts! Paul was also a very good friend of mine and I will miss him greatly. My deepest sympathies go to his family. Paul will be sadly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Dianne Baxter, AHAA President

Letter from AEGRC (our DNA lab)

Hi Helen,

Excitingly the demand for our genetic screening tests has exploded in the last 12 months and this means we have implemented quite a few new tests.  

Attached is a list (4 pages) of our current tests. Each test is a single genetic test and some tests are available to be combined as packages. 

Our current turnaround time for DNA profiling for parentage is working day and the current turnaround time for genetic screening tests is between and 4 working days. 

Something you may not know is, that in addition to our specialist equine testing the AEGRC also assists University researchers by designing and implementing genotyping/DNA tests for animal models of human diseases such as breast cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and many more. To date, the AEGRC has designed close to 200 of these tests. These tests not only enable researchers to work more quickly and efficiently, they also improve the welfare of the research animals. 

The AEGRC is located in a multi-million dollar facility, uses only the best quality and most up to date technology and importantly, is a not for profit organisation. 

We appreciate and are grateful for your support of the AEGRC and are dedicated to continuing to provide you with the most advanced and accurate genetic testing service available. 

If you have any questions about the AEGRC genetic screening tests, please feel free to contact me.

Thank you. 

Kind Regards, 
Faye Hamilton 
Receiving and Reporting Manager 
Australian Equine Genetics Research Centre 
Level 7 Building 68 Cooper Road 
University of Queensland St Lucia 4072 
Phone: 61 7 3365 3599 
Fax:    61 7 3365 4899

2016 AHAA National Championships

The 2016 AHAA National Championships will be hosted by the WA State Branch and will be held at the WA State Equestrian Centre, Brigadoon on 9th and 10th April 2016.

Anthony Pelling - Australian rider competing successfully in Spain


Anthony Pelling (an Australian rider living in Spain) has taken out 1st and 3rd place at the CDN3* in Jerez, Spain, riding two PRE horses (purebred Andalusians) from Candau Stud. Congratulations Anthony!  The picture is of Anthony riding riding Napoleon XLV at the CDN3* which was held at the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art.

Jose Mendez An Honorary Associate of the AHAA


It is with much pleasure that Council announces that Jose Mendez has accepted an offer from the AHAA Council to become an Honorary Associate of our Association.  The offer was made to Jose in recognition and appreciation of his support of the Andalusian horse in Australia over more than 30 years.  ‘Honorary Associate’ is a unique title that has not been given by our association before.  The intention is to recognise and thank Jose for his consistent promotion of the Andalusian horse in this country through his inspirational displays, performances, lessons, clinics, advice and articles.  The name of Jose Mendez and that of the Andalusian horse are already linked and this is a way of officially recognising this bond.  The Council is very happy that Jose accepted the title

Free Website Advertising for Members

To encourage greater use of our AHAA website and to add value to membership, Council has decided to offer free advertising to members on the For Sale/Wanted and Stallions at Stud website pages.  There will be a limit of two For Sale advertisements per member at any one time and no limits on Stallions at Stud.  Members wishing to take advantage of this offer are invited submit their ads via the Federal Secretary.

Andalusian Derivative Register

At the April Council meeting it was decided to change the name of the Iberian Derivative Register to the Andalusian Derivative Register.  The ID Register was started in 2001.  It was renamed in 2009 to Iberian Derivative Register.  This name, though, did not accurately describe the breeding of the horses and also was confusing after the introduction of the Iberian Purebred Stud Book.   There are currently 55 horses registered.  Although the name of the Register is changing the Registration numbers will not change.

Salto al Cielo changes

Council made the decision to produce three issues of Salto al Cielo per year instead of four and to make these issues thicker and full colour instead of partly colour and partly black and white.  Our editor is always looking for articles, pictures and news stories so, members, please feel welcome to send in anything of interest you may have.

AHAA Members Vote to Update Constitution

During the AGM held on the Saturday 24th April, counting of the member votes with regard to updating our Association Constitution (now called Rules) took place and the result was a 100% affirmative response.  The new Rules have now been submitted to the Associations section of the WA Department of Commerce for formal approval.

Free Registration to Breeders for Registration of 6th Horse in a Season

The AHAA will give a free registration to breeders for registration of their 6th horse for the season. The free fee will be set at the lowest fee for the horses being registered if it is a combination. 

AHAA Affiliated with HRCAV

The AHAA is now affiliated with the Horse Riding Clubs Association of Victoria (HRCAV).  Council is hoping this initiative will increase membership and be a good promotion for the AHAA in Victoria. 

Help Jodie

Dear Andalusian Members,

I am writing to the membership to ask if you could take the time to go to the link below to read about one of our ANZFHS member’s daughter, Jodie McKeon, who is very sick and needs treatment overseas. 

For those that you that don’t know Jodie she is an extremely successful driver, who has won many driving titles in Australia.  There is a Facebook group to help her finance her treatment and so far in a couple of weeks they have raised over $2520. (See link above)  The ANZFHS are also willing to help contribute to Jodie’s treatment and will be holding a raffle shortly to raise funds. 

Jodie’s family are also holding an Equine auction on November 23rd to help finance the money needed - attached is a flyer for viewing.  We would appreciate if you could send the attached flyer to any horsey people that maybe interested in attending.  Details & photos of the items being auctioned will be available on the auctioneer’s website in October. 

Her mother, Evanne Chesson, who is holding the auction is a long standing member of the Friesian and other Societies, and will be selling fantastic horsey gear and paraphernalia including carriages & saddlery (new and antique), general horse gear, farm equipment and lots more. Of course there will be some very well trained horses for sale of various breeds and disciplines.  Evanne has spent a life long career, training horses for the Australian movie industry and has a wealth of knowledge especially in the Friesian & Andalusian world.  If you would like to know more about the auction please contact Evanne on the below. 

Evanne Chesson

419 Shepherds Hill Rd, Spring Hill 3444 – Phone: 5424.8111 or 0418.659.270 

We would hope that the generosity of the Friesian/Andalusian members would find it in their hearts to offer a little.  Please go to the above link for donations or contact above. 

Respectfully yours, 

Wendy Fisher

Wendy Fisher | Secretary ANZFHS | 355 Vaughan Drummond Rd, Glenluce 3451 Vic, Australia | P +61(0) 35473.4178 | M +61 (0)447.851.513 | E |

Juan Manuel Diaz and Fuego at the London Olympics

Watch the ride of Juan Manuel Diaz and Fuego on the following link:

Registration of Progeny from Imported Semen

Due to recent Federal Council rulings, the following paragragh has been inserted into the Registration section of the AHAA Rules & Regulations.

"A foal born in Australia as a result of the use of imported semen may be registered in the AHAA Stud Book for Purebred Spanish Horses after it has been inscribed in the official Stud Book for Purebred Spanish Horses of Spain. Inscription proof needs to be provided in the form of copies of all relevant inscription documents officially signed as sighted by the Secretary of AHAA or a JP. The words "I certify this is a true and unaltered copy of the original" with a signature and date would be required to be written on each page of the inscription documents. The documents need to show all relevant information for the horse to be registered including (but not limited to) date of birth, identification diagrams, pedigree information, microchip number and parent DNA compatability. The foal will need to be DNA profiled with the AHAA so the AHAA has records for future parent validation."