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Australia’s oldest warmblood horse association

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Formed in the early 1970’s, the Australian Warmblood Horse Association Ltd (AWHA) is a non-profit body that works for the benefit of Warmblood horses.

The association has branches in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia, and is an ‘A’ class member of the prestigious World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses (WBFSH).

This membership ensures that pedigree horses registered with the AWHA are similarly recognised and accepted by breeding organisations throughout the world.

The association carries out a range of activities that aim to promote and encourage the breeding, exhibition and development of these horses.
In 1993 the association introduced breeding guidelines to ensure Australian’s Warmblood horses were of a high quality and complied with international standards.

The guidelines contain information relating to classification and registration requirements, and they aim to eradicate the practice of indiscriminate mating, which was previously a commonality in Australia.

Horses bred with AWHA meet its strict breeding guidelines, are from a long line of pedigree horses, and are bred specifically for performance riding.

The horses must similarly possess those traits that are seen as desirable in a range of events and competitions, including dressage, show jumping, eventing and driving. The association caters to a variety of Warmblood breeds, including Oldenburgs, Hanoverians, Selle Francais and Dutch Warmbloods.

The AWHA is responsible for managing the Warmblood Stud Book, which consists of over 23,500 horses and features Approved and Licensed, locally breed and imported horses.

The association offers ordinary, family, associate and corporate membership types.

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