AHSA Board of Directors


Adam has been involved with the Arabian for approaching Four decades. Whilst still in his teenage years Adam founded King Estate and became a familiar and well-known sight in the winner’s circle at shows large and small around the country.

Over the years Adam’s passion for and commitment to the Arabian has continued to thrive. He remains a leading advocate and active ambassador involved with all facets of the industry, breeding and promoting both Purebred and Arabian derivatives. Celebrating the athleticism, beauty and pentathlete quality’s of the breed he loves has seen Adam and representatives of King Estate active in both the Halter and Performance arenas.

A past president of the NSW Arabian Horse Association and a member of the National Judges Panel.  Adam has been involved in Agribusiness at Management level for the past Ten years, previously with Elders and currently with AgriWest Rural, specializing in change management and stakeholder engagement; business tools that would serve well working within the board environment and with the membership.

Adams skills, commitment and passion for the Arabian would see him be a driving force in bringing recognition as to why the most ancient breed is the perfect horse for the modern world.

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Senior Vice Chairperson

Phone: 0428 117 750

Email: dougjrutherford@gmail.com

I have been a member of the AHSA for 45 years, joining in 1975. I have been a National Arabian Judge for approximately 30 years, judging extensively throughout Australia and New Zealand. I encourage and applaud all disciplines in which the Arabian horse participates.

I have been involved with Arabian and Arabian derivatives horses and successfully bred, conditioned, trained and shown an impressive collection of Australia’s most outstanding Arabian horses to the highest accolades. For many years I managed and trained for two of Australia’s most prominent and successful Arabian breeding farms and in later years continued with my own influential stallion and breeding program.

I have held positions in Queensland as State Sales Manager and General Manager of Companies in a range of industries.

I have conducted many training schools & clinics throughout Australia and New Zealand assisting owners with training of the Arabian show-horse and specialising in starting weanlings and re-training problem horses. As a result I have been instrumental in starting and encouraging the careers of several professional Australian Arabian Trainers, Managers and Stud Grooms.

I was the Founding President of the Mid Nth Coast NSW Arabian club, a former committee member with New South Wales AHSA & East Coast Championships sub-committee and Vice President of the Manning Valley All Breeds show association. I have been industrious at committee level and assisted in any way possible to help share the workload, while actively working towards the positive promotion of the Arabian Breed. I would encourage interested persons to contact me with recommendations or ideas for the advancement the AHSA and our Arabian horse.

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Junior Vice Chairperson

Greg Liddle was President of the NSWAHA for over five years. He has proven to be a team leader as well as a team worker, never asking anybody to do anything he is not prepared to do himself.

Greg works tirelessly for the Arabian breed as a whole not favouring any particular section.

Greg has bred horses and ponies all of his life and successfully shown everything from Shetlands to Thoroughbreds. His passion being Arabians and Australian Ponies.

He is a National Panel Arabian judge, a Federal Panel Australian Pony Stud Book judge as well as an  Australian Saddle Pony Association Life Member and Federal Panel Judge.

Greg has been employed most of his working life in the food industry both within the Australian Government (AQIS) and private enterprise. He has also successfully managed several small food businesses. More recently he has, along with his partner purchased a grazing property in southern tablelands where they run Merino sheep as well as their Arabians.

Greg’s passion for the Arabian breed combined with his business acumen and work ethic make him an asset to the society and its members.

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Phone: 0407 181 405

Email: treasurer@ahsa.asn.au

I have been involved with the Arabian Horse for over 45 years as a breeder, owner & exhibitor.

I was honoured in 2011 to receive a Distinguished Service Award from The Arabian Horse Society of Australia.

For 28 years I was Chairman of both of our local Public and Private Hospitals – now that was a challenge !

I have a Degree in Law (but have never been in legal practice) and also as a Chartered Accountant – I have been (still) in full-time practice as a Chartered Accountant for 53 years.

Beside my love of the beautiful Arabian horse I am also a very keen aviculturist and gardener.

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Phone: 0407 583 333


I have been an Arabian horse admirer from a very early age, my parents being good friends of the late Betty and Jack Serpell of Faraway Farm Arabians.

I have been involved in many disciplines within the horse industry and have always competed on an Arabian or Arabian bred horse including Endurance, Pony Club, and showing.

Branching out to breeding in 1994 for our own use, we were lucky enough to acquire a couple of amazing animals to start.

Our Purebred Stallion, who we bred, obtained 3 National Championships in 2015 for both led and ridden events.

I have nominated for the board as I would like to contribute to the ongoing success of the Society and believe my Business Management experience would be an asset.

I currently manage a Network of 70 small businesses for one of Australia’s largest employers. I have worked for this company for 34 years.

I believe open and honest communication is imperative in maintaining member’s satisfaction. Members need to know their society is being managed correctly for the advantage of all and not just for a select few.

No matter what you do with your Arabian I will listen and support common sense ideas.

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Phone: 0427 562 314

Email: ennovyar@gmail.com

Yvonne Downes has bred Purebred Arabians, Anglo and Arabian Warmbloods at Ennovyar Arabians for 42 years, now at Gunns Plains, Tasmania. Previously living in NSW founded South Coast Arabian Riders and Breeders Society (SCARABS), organizing two A Class Shows for over 25 years. In Tasmania Yvonne belongs to both Affiliates, was Secretary of Tas ARABS and currently President of TCAG. Also Secretary of the committee that runs Burnie Show. She competes in Arabian Shows (including the Australian Championships) in halter, dressage and saddle, and in open events in dressage, eventing and endurance.
Some highlights of Yvonne’s resume include National Panel Arabian judge, competed horses to Australian Championships level, Equestrian Australia Dressage/Showhorse judge, PCAT Jumping Equitation and Dressage judge, PCAT Level 2 coach, past teacher of Equine Studies (TAFE), Pony Club and Adult Riding instructor. Yvonne would like to see more promotion of the Arabian in the wider horse community, Arabian sections in more Ag Shows, training days for judges/exhibitors/riders in Tasmania, rewards/incentives to endurance breeders to register, support for small breeders, transparency in all Board decisions.

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Publicity Officer

Phone: 0422 671 844

Email: thosk706@gmail.com

Tanya has been involved with horses for most of her life, is a successful and well-liked competitor at major Arabian events with both purebreds and derivatives, has experience and knowledge as a breeder and show organiser.  She is well placed to give back to the breed and its members that have given her so much to be thankful for over many years. 

Tanya has fulfilled the role of Secretary of the NSW AHA running their major shows – East Coast, Nationals, and State Titles and is currently President of the dynamic newcomer – Arabian Horse Connection.  Tanya has been instrumental in the creation of this association which is enjoying great success with their major shows, Double Diamond Arabian Showcase and Young Stars of The Future. Through her vision, Tanya has earned the respect and admiration of competitors at these shows by listening to their needs and ideas and is bringing fun back into showing.

Tanya has an administration/management background both as a team leader and a team member. This background makes Tanya an ideal representative of the AHSA membership and as a Director, she will contribute this knowledge and enthusiasm to ensure the continual growth and relevance of the Society.

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Phone: 07-54415950

Email: annasdakota@gmail.com

I have been involved with the Arabian Horse industry for over 40 years. Our family stud, Annandale Arabians, have prided ourselves on breeding quality Performance Arabians, both Purebred and Derivative, with many becoming multi-Australian Champions under saddle and led.

I am a National Panel Judge and find this to be very rewarding and enjoyable.

I have previously been on a number of committees such as AQHA Inc for a number of years.

I am very passionate about promoting the Arabian breed across all disciplines, whether that is competitive, working, pleasure or breeding.

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Phone: 0408 448 477

Email: g_martini@outlook.com.au

I have been involved with the Arabian Horse since 1964, starting my journey at Fenwick Stud. My own stud “Heritage Arabians” began in 1972.
A member of the Arabian Horse Society since 1965 and served as a Director from 2010 to 2016.
A Life member of the Victorian Arabian Horse Association Inc. after 29 years service on Committee, major positions during this time were Secretary for seven years and Chairman for nine years, retiring in 2001.
I was a member of the AHSA Judges Panel for 43 years until I retired in August 2018. During my time on the Judges Executive Committee (JEC) I have been Chair, Mentor, Educator, Judges Examiner, Victorian Judges Training Coordinator and have judged all over Australia, in New Zealand and Germany.
I received the AHSA Distinguished Service Award in 2010.
Away from my horse life I am a member of Birdlife Australia.
I worked for Australia Post, am now retired and do Tour Guiding in my spare time.

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Phone: 0409 290169

Email: jillabee@optusnet.com.au

Buying my first Arabian in 1990 I consequently “saw the light” and bought and bred more than 20 purebreds and derivatives since then.  I was heavily involved with WAAHA as Chairman for several years in different times with 150 plus horses entered in our shows.  Loved every minute and met the best Arabian horsey people making lifelong friends along the way.  I led and supported wonderful committees of like-minded people through many challenges to promote the breed.

I worked in Government for 36 years retiring 6 years ago to run two charities which I manage and have brought to being in the best place financially, providing more and better services and planning improvements in to the future.  I bring a vast and broad business knowledge, am honest and fair.

I see a positive future with amazing horses being complemented with local and international breeding and would like to be involved with that and I bring another perspective to the AHSA Board with my hands-on and business experience.  Our breed needs to continue to grow and encourage new and also entice past members back and I am sure with the stability and integrity of AHSA this will continue.

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