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Frequently asked questions
  1. Membership
How much does membership cost?

There are a number of different types of membership available inlcuding:-

  • Ordinary Membership
  • Family Membership
  • Associate Membership
  • Corporate Membership

Details on the cost of membership can be found on the Membership page.

How long is a membership for? 

Each type of membership is for a period of one year, from the 1st July to the 30th June. 

  2. Registration
How do I register my horse with the AWHA?

All details on how to register your horse can be found on the Registration page.

How do I know if my horse is eligible for registration?   
Full details of the requirements for registration can be found in the Pedigree Requirements section (see Registration page).
Who can I talk to about registration for my horse?
To determine if your horse is eligible for registration or to discuss any aspect of registration that you are unsure of, please contact the Federal Registrar (Acting), Cheryl Hatswell, on 0428 203 001. 

  3. Classification
What is classification?   
Classification is the process used by the AWHA to grade the best horses for breeding. This is achieved by means of Classification (for mares) and Colt Selection, followed by Performance testing (for colts and stallions). Full details on the classification process can be found in the Breeding Guidelines and the Colt Selection Guidelines (see Registration page).
What is the Stud Book?   

The Stud Book records the preferred breeding population and is divided into two sections:

  • the Stud Book Appendix - the non-breeding section for Warmbloods whose pedigree makes them eligible for classification as three years olds, and 
  • the Stud Book - containing all horses that are promoted from the Appendix once they have passed classification or colt selection.

For full details on the Stud Book refer to the Breeding Guidelines (see Registration page).

What is the Warmblood Foundation Mare (WFM) Register?
This register records mares which are of Warmblood, Warmblood/Thoroughbred, Warmblood/Anglo-Arab or Warmblood/Arabian breeding. The Warmblood component must be either AWHA registered or registered with another recognised Warmblood association and acceptable to the AWHA. The mares must have at least three generations of proven breeding and measure a minimum of 158cm at three years of age. These mares must be presented for and pass classification by the AWHA unless they are already registered with a Warmblood association that is recognised and accepted by the AWHA. In these instances re-classification may not be necessary if the mare meets all the AWHA standard eligibility criteria. The progeny of these mares by an Approved or Licensed Stallion are eligible for registration in the Stud Book on their merits. Refer to the Breeding Guidelines for further information.
What is the Foundation Mare (FM) Register?
This register records all mares of acceptable breeding that have passed AWHA classification and are therefore eligible to have their progeny by an Approved or Licensed Stallion registered in the Stud Book. This register is restricted to mares of Thoroughbred or Anglo-Arab breeding. Full details of this register can be found in the Breeding Guidelines (see Registration page).
What is the Warmblood Performance Registration Book (WPRB)?
This register (formerly known as the Warmblood Identification Register (WIR)) records all male and female horses which are not eligible for the AWHA Stud Book but which can demonstrate a minimum of 25% recognised Warmblood breeding in their pedigree, irrespective of what the other components of the pedigree may be. Full details of this register can be found in the Breeding Guidelines (see Registration page).
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