Julie Spears



APSB Society
PO Box 267

Phone: 02 4739 0008

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Frequently Asked Questions


I have a pony that I feel is worth breeding.  What do I need to do to get started?

I have just purchased a pony.  What do I need to do to transfer the pony into my name?

I have a pony that is registered with a recognised society.  Can I register this pony with the APSB?

What are the requirements and procedure to adult register an APSB Shetland Pony Stallion?



I have a pony that I feel is worth breeding.  What do I need to do to get started?

You need to be a member of the Society.  The correct application form can be printed or downloaded from the Forms menu on this website or obtained from your state branch secretary or the Registrar.

Each breeder must register a brand and prefix with the Society. Once your brand and prefix have been approved, you will receive a confirmation letter. For members in Queensland, Western Australia and New South Wales, please note that you must also submit a copy of the brand registration certificate from the appropriate agricultural department in your state.

You must be the registered owner of the mare before the foal is born. If you have not transferred the mare into your name and the foal is born, the last registered owner of the mare is considered the breeder and the foal will carry their brand and prefix.

Each year on the 31st July, all breeders are to submit to the Registrar breeding mare and stallion returns. Without this, any pony that is bred must be blood typed along with its dam and sire to prove parentage.  Mare and stallion return forms are sent to all members who are the registered owners of stallions or breeding mares each year.  If you do not receive one by the beginning of July and you have a mare or stallion that has been mated, please contact the Registrar to obtain one.

When the foal is born, obtain the relevant registration form from this website, your State Secretary or the Registrar.  When you are the owner of the mare, but not the registered owner of the stallion, a stallion service certificate must be submitted with this completed registration application. These certificates can be purchased from the Registrar or your state branch secretary.

Part-bred ponies that are to have at least 25% registered APSB pure-bred breeding in their pedigree.  If using a stallion not registered with the APSB, it must be registered with an APSB recognised society. The part-bred registration forms can also be obtained from this website, your State Secretary or the Registrar.

Send your membership, pure-bred pony registrations, any part-bred pony registrations and brand and prefix applications to the Registrar:
Australian Pony Stud Book Society Inc.
Federal Office
PO Box 267
Glenbrook NSW 2773

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I have just purchased a pony.  What do I need to do to transfer the pony into my name?

You need to become a member of the Society.  The correct application form can be obtained from this website, your state branch secretary or the Registrar.

Obtain the original registration certificate from the last registered owner.

The transfer details are to be completed on the reverse of computerised certificates.

Forward the membership application (if applicable), original registration certificate and transfer form to the Registrar with the application fee.

Send all membership forms, pure-bred pony transfers and part-bred pony transfers to the Registrar:
Australian Pony Stud Book Society Inc.
Federal Office
PO Box 267
Glenbrook NSW 2773

Please Note:   All forms can be obtained from this website, your state branch secretary, or the Registrar.

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I have a pony that is registered with a recognised society.  Can I register this pony with the APSB?

You need to be a member of the Society.   The correct application form can be obtained from this website, your state branch secretary or the Registrar.

Ensure that the society your pony is registered with is recognised with the APSB, e.g. the Welsh Pony & Cob Society of Australia, the Connemara Pony Breeders’ Society of Australasia etc.  There are quite a few recognised societies and all are listed under Regulation 3.i. of the Society’s Stud Book Regulations.

Obtain the appropriate registration form to suit your pony from this website, your state branch secretary or the Registrar.

Submit to the Registrar a photocopy of the registration papers from the recognised society, both front and back.  The person submitting the application, must be the registered owner on the certificate.

Please check your pony's certificate carefully.  If your pony is out of a Foundation Stock (FS) mare, please contact the Registrar to establish whether your pony is eligible to be registered in the APSB Stud Book.  No gelding applications will be accepted from FS or FS1 mares.

Send your membership and pure-bred pony applications to the Registrar:
Australian Pony Stud Book Society Inc.
Federal Office
PO Box 267
Glenbrook NSW 2773

Please Note:   All forms can be obtained from this website, your state branch secretary or the Registrar

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What are the requirements and procedure to adult register an APSB Shetland Pony Stallion?

The following requirements have been in effect since 1 January 1997 and were updated in April 2003 to include all breeds:

The breeder/owner, as applicable, is to contact the Registrar to obtain a Stallion Registration Kit. This kit contains all the forms required, the DNA test kit (blood typing is no longer done - all tests involve the taking of mane hair for DNA testing), and full instructions on what needs to be sent where.  You will still need to arrange a visit from a suitable veterinary surgeon who is required to inspect and identify the stallion and complete the relevant Pony Stallion Certificate of Suitability.  If the pony fulfils the requirements as set out and the form is duly signed, then the veterinary surgeon will take a small sample of mane hair, and forward the sample and the completed APSB DNA recording form in the envelope supplied to the University of Queensland for processing.

Remember, all details (what needs to be filled in by whom, and sent to where) are provided in the Stallion Registration Kit.

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These Rules and Regulations as printed here, supersede any previous complete set of printed Rules and Regulations of the Society.


Part 1 Constitution - Rules of the Society
Part 2 - Regulations of the Australian Pony Stud Book Society
APSB Breed Show Classes
Standards of Excellence
APSB Gypsy Cob Breed Regulations
APSB Pony Riding Guidelines
Part Bred Regulations
Regulations Artificial Insemination & Embryo Transfer 2009

APSB Office Bearers
PATRON Mrs Lesley Barrett-Lennard
PRESIDENT Marion Costello Tel: 03 5978 8294
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT Peter O’Regan Tel: 02 6337 5335
TREASURER Stuart Ryan Tel: 03 5472 5212

PO Box 267, Glenbrook NSW 2773
Tel: 02 4739 0008
State Branch Secretaries
N.S.W Anne Sinnett  Tel: 02 4883 7987
QLD Carol Spann Tel: 07 5547 0090
S.A David Pittaway Tel: 08 8523 1647
TAS Sue Lawrence Tel: 03 6248 5103
VIC Judi Tainsh  Tel: 03 5221 3099
W.A Lauren McGregor  Tel: 08 9571 1374

Most members are aware that the Federal Office moved in November 2011 from Geebung, Qld to Glenbrook, NSW. Many of you do not know why? The change of secretariat services was made to assist with society to find a value for money solution to the high administration costs. With the society becoming more streamlined and the vision of online applications being developed a full time registrar was no longer needed. The change was not a reflection on the office staff at the Santa Gertrude's office.

The new contract is with Meredith Freeman, former registrar from the RAS NSW from 1999 to 2002. Meredith is located in Glenbrook NSW and currently operates the office from home with a vision to find an office with a street address. Along with Meredith is Katie Stanley, an experienced horse person who worked with the APSB at the RAS from 2001 to 2002 followed by Horse Section and Cattle coordinator for the RASNSW and Claudia Walsh who assists with the general administration. The office, although not meeting the standard 9am to 5pm opening hours, operates for an average of 30 hours per week.

Since the new contract commenced, the office staff have worked with the APSB committee to process the backlog of registrations plus administer new applications. As with setting up any new office there has been a lot of challenges including the setup of banking, office & database procedures/training, telephones and storage/file management. The first 12 months will no doubt be the most challenging and the support and understanding of most members has been well received. The more efficient the Society's administration, the more savings the society can make.

One of the greatest challenges has been the volume of telephone enquiries, particularly the week prior to show entries closing. To assist the office we ask that:

  •     Members apply for their registrations with due time
  •     Members make phone calls within 9am to 5pm. If the office is unattended please leave a message or use our contact form. Phone calls at  10.30pm on the eve of a show will not be processed
  •     Please CHECK you applications before posting. Every time we have to call or email someone for the horse's height, markings etc, it delays the process

What happens with the registration application?

The standard process for correct membership/registration application/transfer is:

  •     Application received and payment processed
  •     Application processed
  •     If a new registration, checked by Editing Committee
  •     Once approved, certificate printed and mailed.

How do I know if the application has been received/processed?

  •     Make sure that all applications are mailed to PO BOX 267, GLENBROOK NSW 2773
  •     Check if payment has been processed?
  •     Check if the pony is updated on the Pony Search

Contact Details

PHONE: 02 4739 0008
EMAIL: click here to email


How to pay – for the 2012/13 financial year members will be able to pay online or via an automated telephone system, similar to Bpay. Information on how to use these options will be forwarded with your membership renewal in early June 2012.

MEMBERSHIP entitles members to full privileges of membership of the Society as laid down by the Rules and Regulations. A Member may:

    •     Register a stud prefix
    •     Record a brand
    •     Record eligible foals
    •     Adult register eligible mares
    •     Adult register eligible stallions
    •     Issue service certificates
    •     Transfer recorded or registered ponies
    •     Lease recorded or registered ponies
    •     Register eligible geldings
    •     Record eligible APSB Part Bred Ponies
    •     Record eligible APSB Riding Ponies
    •     Stand for election to Branch Committee
    •     Stand for election to Branch Affiliated Promotional Group executive position
    •     Vote for Committee
    •     Attend and vote at Branch Annual General Meeting

If you are intending to breed ponies you will need to register a stud Prefix and Brand with the Society. A stud Prefix is the member's own distinguishing stud name. All eligible ponies bred by a member of the Society must carry his or her own individual stud prefix and brand. Your own stud prefix will identify the ponies bred by you. The name of a registered pony can never be changed and any pony bred by you will always carry your own stud prefix, even if the pony changes hands. Members should also register their own distinguishing brand design with the Society.

All members will periodically receive a copy of their state's official NEWSLETTER, which is published three to four times a year. The NEWSLETTER helps to keep members informed of events within the Society. The NEWSLETTER also gives members the opportunity to advertise ponies for sale etc. The Society publish an ANNUAL FEDERAL JOURNAL which members receive free of charge as part of their membership. Members are welcome to advertise in this publication and also submit articles for consideration for publication.

MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS - Your APSB Membership is ready to be renewed. The renewal fee is $88.00 inclusive of GST. To assist members, the Society is now able to offer online or automated phone payment options. It's simple to use, all you need is a credit card. Once processed the APSB will forward to you a new membership card. The BILLER CODE - 162677 and your REFERENCE number will be on your membership renewal notice. If you wish to pay by cheque please forward payment to:


PO Box 267

Glenbrook NSW 2773


APSB is now accepting payments on line. Please click here to access our secure payment portal and follow the instructions to make your payment. Please ensure that you have your membership renewal notice with you to quote the Biller Code - 162677 and your Reference Number.  For futher information please visit our Privacy Policy and Security Policy

All transactions are processed in Australia Dollars (AUD)


Please choose carefully. We do not normally give refunds if you simply change your mind or make a wrong decision.

                                                           Established in 1931, the APSB is the oldest stud book society for ponies in Australia, recording the pedigrees of ten pure pony breeds, Shetland, Australian, Fell, Hackney Pony and Horse, New Forest, Connemara, Highland, Dartmoor, Welsh Mountain and Welsh Sections B - C - D and the Fjord Horse.

The first recorded pony breeds to arrive in Australia during the 1800s included purebred Shetland, Welsh Mountain, Welsh of Cob Type, English Hackney Horse and Hackney Pony as well as Timor Exmoor and Hungarian ponies.

With the establishment of the Australian Pony Stud Book, the pedigrees of the most influential of these bloodlines and their descendants were recorded in Volume One of the Society's Stud Book. Initially three breed sections were set in place within the Stud Book, one for purebred Shetlands, one for purebred Hackney ponies and the third, named the `Australian Pony' section, comprised the other imported British Mountain and Moorland pony breeds imported to Australia from the turn of the century to that time. It also contained the pedigrees of the `home bred' ponies, produced as a result of the crossing of various horse and pony breeds for over a century, thus establishing the genetic pool responsible for the Australian pony as a breed. Some years later, individual sections were set in place for the Welsh Mountain and Welsh Pony sections and other British Moorland pony breeds.
The Shetland Pony has been a part of the Australian Pony Stud Book since the foundation of the Society in 1931. From the outset, the breed has had its own section within the Stud Book, and only purebred stock were accepted for registration in Volume One. Shetland ponies had been imported to Australia as far back as the 1850s and fortunately accurate  records were kept of their breeding and progeny, enabling seventeen purebred stallions and fifty-five mares to be registered in Volume one of the Society’s Stud Book.
 Some of the first Shetlands imported to Australia from the Shetland Isles were the stallions DOCKIN and KING PIPPEN. Along with eighteen mares, they landed in 1857 in the care of Andrew Lyall, sent over to Scotland by his brother William to select the ponies.
 One of the most influential Shetland studs established long before the foundation of the APSB was SHETLAND HEIGHTS. Situated on the coast of Westernport Bay in Victoria, the property named, Shetland Heights belonged to Colonel Thomas Small, who moved there from NSW with his family in the 1890s. Having a love of Shetland ponies, in time he put together a large herd. some descended from the Lyall ponies, but it is also believed he brought out a large ship load from the Shetland Isles prior to 1900.
 In 1910 Colonel Small sold his property to the Maclellan family of Melbourne. Over the next eighteen months or so, Mrs Macellan imported from the U.K the Shetland stallion, HALCYON OF BODIAM, a grandson of the famous JACK, the mares WHITESOX OF KNOCKHOLT and MISS FLOSS OF BLYTH and the filly JADESTONE.
 These were the first registered Shetlands to arrive in Australia and along with the ponies acquired from Colonel Small, laid the foundation of what was to become one of the most influential Shetland studs of all time – SHETLAND HEIGHTS.
 Influential studs such as FENWICK, YARRA LEA, ROB ROY and GREEN VALLEY, to name a few were established along the bloodlines of SHETLAND HEIGHTS. Fenwick and Rob Roy studs also imported ponies in the 30s and these ponies were registered in Volume One of the APSB. As a result of the accurate records kept by these early stud masters and their inclusion in the Society’s stud book,  breeders to day can be proud of the quality of ponies and the depth of bloodlines within the APSB Shetland section.

 The Australian pony evolved from a rather complex beginning, a unique breed drawing on the most suitable characteristics of many breeds for over a century. The section was closed to all outside blood in 1960 except for the permitted outcross of APSB Welsh A and B. The result of over a century of breeding has not only produced a beautiful and versatile pony in its own right but one which has formed the basis for the majority of today’s pony breed associations and societies. Ponies to have a marked influence on the breed in the early years include the legendary Welsh Mountain sire GREYLIGHT imported in 1910 and the Welsh pony of Cob Type, LITTLE JIM imported in 1909. Both were Reference sires in Volume One of the APSB and their bloodlines and those of their progeny helped to establish the genetic pool for the Australian pony. Others to significantly contribute to the breed include the imported Hungarian sire BONNIE CHARLIE and the Arabian influence of Barolin Feluka, Lowlynn Silver Chief and the PAYTEN line of ponies through mares such as METEOR, ROSNA, ROYAL DESCENT to name a few.

 The first of the Hackney ponies registered in the Hackney Pony section of Volume One of the APSB were the stallions LORD POMPADOUR, his son SIR GALAHAD and the mare DAINTY MAID.
These were progeny of Hackney ponies imported to Australia from 1898 by Caleb H. Angus of S.A and Sir Phillip Charley of NSW. The mare MANNEQUIN was imported from New Zealand by Mrs E Robins of NSW and registered in Volume Two of the studbook in 1942 and shortly after Mr H.C Thackerary of Markari stud in NSW imported the stallion MARFLEET CADET registered in Volume Three. Further imports over coming years ensured Australian breeders had availability to the best blood of the Hackney Horse and Pony. The lines of the foundation stallions and mares are still sought after here and abroad.
 Of the larger Moorland pony breeds, the first Connemara to arrive in Australia and registered in the APSB was ISLAND KING imported by the late Fred Wiltshire in 1963. This was closely followed in 1965 by the mare ARDEN and her filly foal EASTER MASK. These three ponies were registered with the APSB and were the foundation stock for Connemara Park, the first Connemara pony stud in Australia. The stud provided purebred and foundation stock for other newly established studs and with further importations of purebred stock to several states, the Connemara pony became a firmly established breed here in Australia.

  The late Mrs Heather Ronald imported the first Highland ponies to be registered with the APSB in the stallion GLENEARN BRIGADIER and the mare PENNY FARTHING IN 1961. These were followed in the 1970s by four more ponies imported for a Queensland stud, the mares DEBBIEDENE, DRUID of CROILA and GYPSY MELODY of TURIN HILL and the stallion TROOPER MACPHERSON of CROILA. These bloodlines laid the foundation for other studs and gave Highland pony breeders access to proven breeding, The most recent imports, the brown stallion, MAVERICKDENE and the dun/grey FYFEDENE offer a valuable outcross to these established bloodines to ensure the future of the breed here in Australia.
 The first true record of a New Forest pony in Australia was the arrival of ‘BURTON SLIGO’ IN 1931 but unfortunately nothing further is known of any progeny. In 1970 three New Forest stallions were imported and registered in the APSB, ‘PRIORY SUNSHADE’, ‘BROADLANDS BRIGHT SERAPHIN’ and ‘MUDEFORD PETER PIPER’. The next decade saw the numbers increase with 17 ponies imported in the one year in 1978. Studs have been established in most states and further imports have given breeders a depth of quality bloodlines from which to choose. The availability of overseas bloodlines through A.I has provided a greater choice for breeders and can only secure the future of the breed in Australia.
 The first recorded Dartmoor ponies to come to Australia arrived in the early 1980s for Mr Chris Howe of Victoria and were registered in the Dartmoor section of the APSB. They were the stallions, LANGFIELD MANDINGO, BOVEYCOMBE BUCKTHORN, WHITMORE GENESIS and the mares SHILSTONE ROCKS HANANIAH and WYN HILL PURDY. Mr Howe registered progeny under his prefix Goulburn River and these ponies in turn have been the foundation for other Dartmoor pony studs. There have been further imports including the very successful LANGFIELD CANTH for Skye Mist stud in QLD.

 Welsh ponies were first registered with a stud book society in Australia with the establishment of the APSB in 1931. Many pony studs were already well established throughout the country and had imported Welsh Mountain and Welsh ponies since the early 1900s. It was therefore essential to incorporate a Reference section into Volume One of the stud book published n 1936, to ensure the pedigree details of some of the most influential ponies used by these studs during their early years were recorded for future generations. Included in the Reference section were the pedigrees of the imported Welsh Mountain stallions, CREAM of EPPYNT 344 WSB, MERRY BOY 121 WSB, the revered GREYLIGHT 80 WSB, a son of Dyoll Starlight 4 WSB, and the imported mare TOPSY 4157 WSB. All were owned by Anthony Hordern, MILTON PARK, Bowral, NSW, who with other members of the Hordern family of NATTAI and RETFORD PARK, were closely involved with the establishment of the APSB. Mr Anthony Hordern held the position of inaugural President of the APSB.
The two other imported Welsh ponies included in the Reference section of Volume One were LITTLE JIM 326 WSB , imported in 1909 by Miss M.E.Rouse of NSW and TRAVELLER’S JOY 333 WSB, imported by Sir Samuel Hordern of RETFORD PARK, NSW in 1910. Both ponies were registered as Welsh C with the WSB, U.K, although registered as Welsh, their pedigrees traced back to the English Hackney Stud Book, but this was not uncommon as the bloodlines of the Welsh Cob and the English Hackney Pony were closely entwined in the early years of both English stud books. The English Hackney Horse Society was formed in 1883, before the foundation of the Welsh Stud Book, many Welsh cobs which were recorded in the first volume of the WSB were in fact also recorded as Hackney ponies in the EHSB.

 Once the APSB was established, interest continued to thrive in pony breeding, the Hordern family imported several more Welsh ponies including CEULAN COMET 1490 WSB and LITTLE QUEEN 2622 WSB. These were registered in Volume One of the APSB along with the Welsh Mountain mare STANAGE ESTELLA 7371 WSB, a granddaughter of Dyoll Starlight, imported in 1924 by Miss D.W Roberts of NAROO stud in NSW. Other imported stallions recorded in Volume One included FARAAM MERCURY 1313 WSB, imported in 1933, CRAVEN MASTER SPRITE 1544 WSB, imported in 1935 and STANAGE PERFECT DAY 990 WSB, imported in 1920, another of the Dyoll Starlight bloodline.
 There were many other purebred Welsh ponies bred in Australia or imported from around 1900 onwards who were not registered with the APSB themselves, but who had progeny who were. One example is FLASHLIGHT 2nd 35 Volume One, foaled in 1931 by Milton Flashlight from the imported mare Little Queen. Retford stud also registered mares in the purebred or foundation Welsh Mountain Section of Volume Seven and eighteen stallions and seven mares in the Australian pony section. Many of these were pure Welsh on breeding and either themselves or their progeny were acknowledged as such in later volumes of the stud book. Naroo, Macfarlane and Bereen studs all registered large numbers of ponies with the APSB in the early days and ponies from these and the previously mentioned studs have provided the foundation for many studs throughout Australia and Tasmania with an enviable collection of Welsh bloodlines.
 The Welsh pony is an established part of the history of the APSB. The bloodlines of the ponies registered in the Welsh sections of the studbook involve over a century of pony breeding in Australia. The APSB is keenly committed to the continued success of the Welsh sections of the studbook.

 The most recent addition to the APSB ranks is the Fjord Horse. In 1986, eight Fjord Horses were imported Australia from Holland. This was done via the Dutch Stud Book Secretary who was able to ensure that the two stallions and six brood mares, were not related to each other going back at least four generations. These ponies endured the long period of quarantine in England before coming out by container ship to Australia. They settled in well and over the next decade produced a number of foals to add to their number.
 In 1995, the APSB Society was approached to include a section for the Fjord Horse within the purebred sections of the stud book. The stallion LEXON and eighteen mares were placed in the numbered section of Volume 18 and two stallions FERDINAND, NAUSTDAL and the mares CERNA, DAGMAR, DANIELLE, DOLLY, FRISKA and YRMGARD were recorded as Reference ponies.
Their numbers are still not high today but they have an enthusiastic band of breeders and owners who promote them well.

 To-day, the nine pony breeds under the umbrella of the Australian Pony Stud Book, makes it very much a `family' Society. No other breed society or association can offer registration for so many pony breeds under a single membership. The breeds as listed have individual sections within the Society and are totally independent from each other. The Dartmoor, Highland and New Forest breeds each have provision for an Australian bred Foundation section, for example, the Dartmoor, is a pony whose pedigree traces entirely to the Dartmoor Pony Society Stud Book of Great Britain, and the Australian Dartmoor is a pony bred up along specified guidelines as set out within our Regulations.

The APSB Society also maintains a register for APSB Riding Ponies and APSB Part Breds. Classes for these ponies are included in the programs of royals, stud shows and other major breed and agricultural shows.
The extent of the activities suitable for any of the APSB pony breeds is as endless as your imagination. Each breed has proven itself in many fields of equine sport for decades from the absolute elite of the show world to the fundamental use for a pony - as a reliable mount and friend for a child.

The twenty two volumes of the Stud Book printed to date contain the registrations of over 55,000 ponies. Entry to the Stud Book is by birthright subject to each application conforming to the strict regulations as laid down by the Society to ensure the purity of the breeds. The individual breed regulations also conform to the requirements of the relevant parent body in England and the U.K.

The past seventy seven years has been a time of steady growth and achievement and for this we owe a debt of gratitude to the pioneers of the society for their foresight and dedication in the establishment of the stud book.

The future of the APSB lies with the dedication and expertise of today’s members, in their ability to successfully guide the society forward. Not only must we preserve the legacy of the past seventy seven years, but as ‘caretakers’ we must continue to build on what has been achieved, to enable future generations to look back and say, they did it right’.

Marion Costello

APSB Federal Publicity Officer

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