The Australian Shire Horse Registry
Rules of Registration & General Guidelines
The Australian Shire Horse Stud Book exists to encourage the further breeding and promotion of the Shire Horse in Australia by providing a professional, efficient and service friendly stud book registry for Shire Horse owners in Australia. The Stud Book is the Australian custodian of the traditional standards of the Shire Horse breed and of its remarkable heritage.
It is not necessary to be a member of the Shire Horse Society Australia Inc (SHSA) or other Shire Horse organisation in order to register and have an entry in the Australian Shire Horse Stud Book.
All horses in every SHSA Stud Book Shire Registry are considered equal for the purposes of showing with the exception of females in the Non-Breeding Registry.
To ensure the proper operation of the Stud Book and to ensure the best possible information management standards, there are a number of rules or guidelines for breeders to follow.
If you have any general questions or comments regarding the stud book, please use our
Stud Book Enquiry Form to contact the SHSA Committee.
Go to the Australian Shire Horse Stud Book.
Go to the Worldwide Shire Horse Stud Book.
View a Sample Registration Certificate.
See below for forms and fees.
Registrar: Deb Buckland
0409 537 588
132 Stewarts Rd
Winkleigh TAS 7275
Shire Horse Society Australia Incor
Account No: 217247
Every horse registered in The Australian Shire Horse Stud Book must have a registered prefix.
If you are a breeder and do not already have a prefix, you can use the Prefix Application form to send your preferred prefix choices to the SHSA for approval. The purpose of the Prefix Application is to ensure that no-one is already using your choice of prefix.
There is no charge to register a prefix, which is then registered on your behalf. Please note that duplication of names is to be avoided and numerical suffixes are not allowed.
View the Prefix Application Form.
To register a new foal/horse, you will need to submit the following forms to the Shire Horse Society Australia Registrar:
1. New Registration of Foal/Horse
2. Stallion Service Certificate
3. Certificate of Identification
Note: You may also need to have a DNA Parentage Test performed, the results of the test, if required, will need to be received by the Registrar before your new registration is processed. All horses will need to be micro-chipped.
Upon successful registration, you will be sent a Certificate of Registration (view sample).
Download the New Registration Instructions and Forms
Download the DNA Testing Instructions
To register a foal/horse (in the SHSA Stud Book) that has already been registered with a recognised overseas Shire Horse organisation, you will need to submit the following form to the Shire Horse Society Australia Registrar. You will also need to attach a photocopy of the relevant overseas Certificate of Registration.
The Shire Horse Society of Australia (SHSA) recognises the following Stud Books:
SHS: Shire Horse Society (UK), ASHA: American Shire Horse Society, CSHA: Canadian Shire Horse Society.
Download the Dual Registration Instructions and Forms.
Transfer of Registration
When a registered horse changes ownership, the back of the Registration Certificate needs to be completed by both the previous and new owner. The new owner needs to send the Registration Certificate to the SHSA Registrar for processing, together with the applicable fee at the time of registration (see our fee schedule).
Stallion Service Certificate
The Stallion Service Certificate should be submitted to the SHSA Committee with every new registration of a foal/horse in conjunction with the other required forms (see the Shire Horse Society Australia web site for details).
Stallion owners who serve an outside mare should give this completed form to the mare’s owner.
Download the Stallion Service Instructions and Forms.
Stallion Veterinarian Inspections
Stallions registered within Shire Horse Society Australia’s Stud Book are required to have a detailed inspection by a qualified Veterinarian after the age of two and six years old. These forms should be submitted following each inspection.
Download the Stallion Veterinarian Inspection Instructions and Forms.
The Breed Standard
The overall horse should show the stamp of a Shire and create a picture, so the total impression of the horse is important. Of all the heavy horses the Shire is the largest – at least 16.2 hands high but can exceed 19 hands. Typically it is 18 hands. The Shire Horse weighs about 900kg (a ton), and is immensely strong and powerful, but these qualities are combined with gentleness, patience and docility.
This Breed Standard is provided for the information of owners, breeders, veterinarian professionals, and judges.
Schedule of Fees
The following fees are payable in relation to the Australian Shire Horse Stud Book. All amounts are in Australian dollars. Payment can be made by electronic funds transfer (account details below) or by cheque made out to “Australian Shire Horse Society Inc”.
Payments and forms should be sent to:
Mrs Deb Buckland
Shire Horse Society Australia
132 Stewarts Rd
Winkleigh TAS 7275
The age of a horse is calculated as from 1st August. Every horse foaled before 1st August in any year is deemed to be one year old on that date.
After the age of one year, new registrations incur the new registration fee plus the same fee for each year after the age of one year old that the horse is.
|Prefix Registration||No charge|
|Transfer of Ownership||$25||$55|
|Registration of Horse already in a recognised overseas registry||$25||$55|
|Stallion Registration for Breeding Purposes
(Following inspection at 2 years old)
|Stallion Service Certificate||No charge|
|Reissue of certificate after gelding||No charge|
Payments can be made by direct deposit to our bank account as follows. Please use your surname as the payment reference.
Account Name: Shire Horse Society Australian Incorp
BSB: 032 691
Account Number: 217247
Extra postage fees apply for registrations outside of Australia. Contact the Registrar for details.