Welcome to the new Australian Horse Industry Council website!

This is just the beginning of our new website. Over the next few months, this will grow and evolve into something we hope is a useful place for you to bookmark and visit regularly,

The website is just one outcome of a reinvigorated AHIC.

A lot of work has been going on quietly in the background this year as we relaunch the AHIC to better serve our members and the broader horse industry.

As you probably know, the AHIC is made up of a number of volunteer Board members with interests across a wide spectrum of the horse industry. This ranges from dressage, Australian Stock Horses, racing, endurance, pony club, showing, eventing and many breed societies.

The underlying connection is a passion to promote and support the Australian Horse Industry, animal well- being and the people involved in equine activities.

In the last 12months, some of our long-standing Board members have retired from the AHIC. We want to acknowledge the great work and years of dedication of Dr Roger Lavelle, Hunter Jones and Nina Arnott.

Another big change for the AHIC was the retirement of our secretary of more than 15 years, Judy Tainch. We know that we speak on behalf of many, many members when we say thank you to Judy for everything that you have contributed. A shout out also to Edwina Boase-Stratford who stepped in as interim Secretary after Judy retired. 

We welcome Ned Patterson as our new part time secretary. The way of contacting the secretary remains the same -  secretary@horsecouncil.org.au

We also welcome new Board members who have generously agreed to volunteer their considerable expertise - Katya Ellis, Linda Bracken, Mark Ewing and Rachael Tricarico

Find out more about them here.

Our other major priorities for the rest of the year for the Horse Council -

  • Reconnecting with our members, member organisations and affiliate members and improving our communication with you.

  • Representing the Horse Industry and being a conduit to members with various Government activities including the Senate Inquiry into a National Horse Database and Traceability System; proposed changes to Urban Planning – already flagged in Victoria and potentially other states; Emergency Preparedness – covering disease and natural disasters.

This is an exciting time for the Horse Industry Council, it’s your Council, so please engage with us and let us know how we can best work together to promote the Horse Industry in our country.