General GuidelinesThe 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.
Prefix ApplicationEvery 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.
New RegistrationsTo 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 born after August 1, 2008, except for non-breeding registrations, 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
Dual RegistrationsTo 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 RegistrationWhen 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 of $25 (Australian Dollars).
Stallion Service CertificateThe 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 InspectionsStallions registered within Shire Horse Society Australia's Stud Book are required to have a detailed inspection by a qualified Veterinarian at the age of 18 months to 2 years. These forms should be submitted following each inspection.
Download the Stallion Veterinarian Inspection Instructions and Forms.
The Breed StandardA scale of points for the breed has been carefully drawn up and amended as necessary to meet modern requirements. For instance, a great characteristic of the Shire years ago was the wealth of hair, or feathers, on the legs. Today the demand is for a cleaner legged horse, with straight fine, silky hair.
This Breed Standard is provided for the information of owners, breeders, veterinarian professionals, and judges.