Discipline – Fair Process

Equestrian competition demands a lot of time, money and effort on the part of athletes (including the horse) and their supporters.  Riders, drivers, handlers and breeders come from the amateur ranks mostly, some of them serious amateurs, but there are also many competitors who derive a livelihood from the horse industry. For all competitors, winning…

Online Criticism of Judges and Competitors

  Outrageous and destructive comments and opinions are published sometimes on social media about judges and competitors. Plain disrespect, self-aggrandisement, simple jealousy or ignorance of what’s correct are some factors that motivate attacks. When do these self appointed critics and amateur online publishers (let’s call them the disgruntled) go a step too far and expose…

Member Organisations – Rule Changes

On 19 November 2015, a member of the Australian Quarter Horse Association lost his court challenge to the decision of the Association to deny entry of his cloned imported horse into its Stud Book. The NSW Supreme Court’s Appeal Court upheld the Association’s decision on the ground that the Association’s regulations relating to registration requirements…