Please note the HSAA has a change of address.

Contact Lynda Gray

8 Balsa Court

Caboolture South Qld 4510

The Horse Show Association of Australia Inc., or HSAA as most people know it, was established August 1977 in Brisbane with the Meeting of six concerned Breed Societies who saw the need to have uniformity in the general rules governing Horse Show and performance activities.
Since the first rule Book in January 1979 there have been many changes. The HSAA is presently represented by several Affiliated Clubs, Western Performance Clubs, and smaller Breed Associations and of course the many accredited judges.

What is the structure of the HSAA?

The HSAA is run by a Management Committee which consists of the Office Bearers and four other members of the Association.? Each Judge, and a nominated member of an Affiliate are eligible to be nominate to the Management Committee and all have voting rights.

When are the Meetings and who can attend?

The HSAA Management Committee meets four times each year. There is also an Annual General Meeting where all members of the HSAA are welcome to attend and at which the Management Committee is elected.


The rulebook is generally reprinted every three years. Any changes to the rules, judges listing and affiliated club details are notified to its members by annual updates and a quarterly Newsletter.? All affiliated clubs and Judges receive a copy of the minutes of the meetings for their information.
When making decisions the Management Committee takes into consideration its members views as well as outside breed associations to try to keep the majority of rules in line with other Equine Organizations and therefore cause as little confusion as possible in the show ring.
Everyone who competes should have a current HSAA rulebook. It is the competitor’s responsibility to know the rules. The Western Industry is growing every year, with the major influx being in the beginner and green rider area, so it is essential to continue to inform and instruct these people so that they can progress. It is a good idea for affiliated clubs to have a few rulebooks on hand to sell to competitors.
The majority of clubs show programs are vastly made up of HSAA recognised events. By owning an up to date rulebook you will know the class routine, dress requirements.? You will know what is allowed, what is prohibited and what you need to do.
Rulebooks can be purchased direct from the HSAA Office. Click RULE BOOK ORDER FORM – Copy
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How are rules changed?

Rule changes and amendments, can either be submitted by an Affiliate or Judge or “come from the floor” at a meeting. Either way, the proposed changes go back to the members to allow for their input. If you are not happy with any ruling or have an improvement or suggestion you can write to a letter direct to the HSAA.

How does any Club affiliate with the HSAA?

In order to gain recognition as a HSAA affiliated club and to enjoy the benefits of a shared insurance cover, and regular updates, you simply need to contact the HSAA office. The annual Affiliation fee is currently $190.00 which includes the compulsory Associations Liability Insurance fee of $70. Click HERE to download an Affiliate Application Form

How do I become a judge?

We endeavourto hold Judges Seminars every second year in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria as well as affiliates being encouraged to hold Western Workshops through out the year. The HSAA is also happy to organize a seminars in North Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania at the request of an Affiliate.
To become a judge you must attend, a Judges Seminar, complete the written examination, live judging and an interview.? The pass mark on the written examination is 85% and your live judging must be of a satisfactory standard. When completing the live judging section applicants not only mark their places in each event but also write their reasons for doing so. This helps the Panelist to assess the applicant’s ability in the ring.? Judges Seminars are not only for applicant judges, but also for judges wishing to upgrade and those simply refreshing. All Judges must attend a seminar at least every second year and successfully pass a refresher examination. If you are interested in becoming a judge contact the HSAA office or click JUDGES APPLICATION for an application form and likely date for the next seminar in your State.

What happens at a Judges Seminar and who can attend?

Judge’s Seminars are very informative and are open to any one. You do not have to be a judge to attend and we encourage competitors to go along to learn what the judges are looking for and to brush up on the rules. Apart from that already written above, the Judges Seminars include a lot of explanation of the rulings, video footage of various events and are a general melting pot for ideas and interpretations of rules and events. A lot of rule changes and clarifications evolve from these seminars, there is not better way to get judges opinions.

What if I want to become an Amateur Owner?

Most Breed Associations have the facility to enable their members to become a recognized Amateur Owner.? If yours does not, or you have an unregistered horse, or you just don’t wish to gain points through your Breeds Association, then you can apply to become an Amateur Owner with the HSAA for the small annual fee. Click here for an Amateur Owner Application Form.
Direct Deposit now available click here for banking details

Secretary Details
Lynda Gray
8 Balsa Court

Caboolture South  4510
Phone: (07) 5429 8797 – Mobile 0412 479 340

Photos courtesy of Margaret Oakden