Our new office space is looking fantastic and will soon be ready for us to occupy.
Of course moving from our temporary office to our new office is something that requires a lot of co-ordination between computer technicians, electricians, telephone technicians as well as staff, chairman and the builder.
This, compounded by the fact that we will not have access to the database or telephone system during this time, means that we have decided to close the office on Monday 9th and Tuesday 10th March.
The Society Office will re-open on Wednesday 11th March at 8am.
The AHSA would like to redesign its existing website (http://www.ahsa.asn.au) in order to make it more user friendly and relevant to its members as well as turning the site into a more effective promotional tool for people looking for information about Arabian horses in Australia or for those considering purchasing an Arabian horse, or joining the AHSA.
Our members have given us feedback stating that they find the existing site difficult to navigate. We would also like to be able to update the site more easily and frequently as well as expand the amount of content on the site so that it provides targeted information for members and more general information to interested parties.
Interested parties are asked to submit a design proposal, costing, approximate timeline and relevant case studies or portfolio of relevant work. Content criteria and full details can be found here: Web Design Brief Tender
- Results for The Arabian Horse Society Board Elections 2015/2016
Voting closed 30th January 2015. Gudrun Martini and Yvonne Downes will be declared elected as Board Members at The Annual General Meeting of The Arabian Horse Society of Austrlaia Ltd. For a full list of the results, the Returning Officers Report can be viewed here
- The 2015 Australian National Arabian Championships
The much anticipated 2015 Australian National Arabian Championships in Werribee, Victoria is just two weeks away.
The event will be hosted by the Arabian Horse Promotional Association Victoria at Werribee Park Equestrian Centre from Thursday 26th February to Sunday 1st March 2015. The Championships Timetable can be found here.
Good luck to all Exhibitors !
The Board of the AHSA met on Sunday7th Feb 2015. One of the agenda items was the Australian National Arabian Championships. The discussion centred around some of the issues facing organizers and competitors. After much deliberation the Board approved the following motion:
‘That the Australian National Arabian Championships will be split into 2 shows -The Australian National Arabian Championships (ANAC) and The Australian Arabian Youth & Non Pro Championships (AYNC). The ANAC show is to bs held late March or 1st week of April and the AYNC show at a negotiable time.
This decision was made due to a number of issues:
1. Venue - As there are limited venues in Australia that provide the infrastructure required to host an event of this size, splitting the show will make it much easier to rotate and see many more venues suitable.
2. Cost - As many facilities did not have the required number of permanent stables and due to the high cost of portable stables it is felt that splitting will eliminate the need for this added cost. Also by splitting, the number of days would reduce therefore reducing the ground hire cost. All these cost reductions would in effect reduce the cost to competitors and possibly allow for a more affordable dispersment of entry fees.
3. Growth - It is felt that the current arrangement does not allow for growth of the event due to the time required. However as two shows there is opportunity to grow each show in its own right.
4. Helpers - It is getting increasingly difficult to get people to assist. By spitting it is possible that those competitors not competing will be able to assist.
Should you have any queries regarding this decision please contact a Board Member to discuss.
Due to the much earlier date for the running of the up and coming Australian National Arabian Championships, the Society's auditors have advised that it will be impossible to have the audit finalised in time to meet the constitutional time requirements for notifying members and supplying the necessary financial report that has in the past allowed for the AGM to be held during the Championships. The AGM will be held at the end of March as usual. The date, time and location will be advised shortly after the decision is made at the October board meeting and all considerations will be given to allow for as many members as possible to attend.
Allan R Preston - Chairman AHSA
For the past number of years, the Society has been endeavouring to combat the effects of the world downward economic trend and been looking for alternative income streams. After many vigorous debates, professional advice and the forensic analysis of The Societies financial sustainability the inevitable decision has been made to restructure the office. The sustainability and longevity of the Society is our prime objective. Over the last few years, every effort has been made to cut costs whilst still providing quality service to the members. However, despite conscientious efforts to curtail spending and adopt additional income streams the unfortunate conclusion has be made that the only long term solution is to reduce staff numbers. This decision was not made lightly as all of our staff are valuable. This initial step brings us closer to a stable future. Please be assured that all enquiries and transactions will be handled as efficiently as possible during this transition. We wish Harold and Laura all the best in the future and thank them for their contributions during their time with the Society. Your ongoing support is appreciated.