AHSA Board of Directors

Chairperson

Greg Liddle has been President of the NSWAHA for the past 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: kevin@kevinwh.com.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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Junior Vice Chair

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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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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Phone: 0435 340 137

Email: karenwoelms@hotmail.com

I have been an AHSA member for nearly 35 years, an AHSA Panel Judge for over 25 years, and a Director of the Board continuously since 2011. During this time, I have held positions on the Championships sub-Committee, as Chair of the JEC, the Promotions sub-Committee, Registry sub-Committee, and as Chair of the Youth Development sub-Committee. I am also currently the Judges Guild delegate for the WA/SA region.

Having been a primary school teacher for over 30 years, I am passionate about fostering the younger generation, bringing them together with the Arabian Horse, and maintaining them as AHSA members into adulthood.

I am currently heavily involved with the development of the Youth National Arabian Championships, that I have worked on since its inception.

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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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