SAQ Adoption Program

The SAQ adoption program has been running since 2003 and we have successfully re-homed over 600 Standardbreds, retired from their racing careers. Some of these horses were retired due to injuries, or simply because they lacked speed. ›› Read more


Horse Registration

The SAQ can provide Standardbred owners with show registration cards that are necessary to contest agricultural shows and participate in the National High Point Awards and the SAQ Annual Awards. ›› Read more



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Horse Registration


Standardbred Horse Registration

Registration provides official identification of the horse, which may be requested for equestrian competitions and/or breed classes by event/show committees. It may also identify a person as the owner/lessee of a horse. Note that, for Standardbreds, HRA (Harness Racing Australia) papers may also serve a similar purpose.

The SAQ provides owners who are SAQ Members of pleasure Standardbreds with the opportunity to register their horses for non-racing equestrian disciplines. Often when horses start their non-racing competition careers owners do not have the horse’s Harness Racing Australia (HRA) registration papers.  This is often as original owners do not want their horses to race again and therefore they do not pass on the horses papers.

All owners that apply for horse registration with the SAQ must use their horses registered harness racing name. The SAQ follow the rules of Harness Racing Australia and therefore horses are not allowed to change names except under special rules. 

For a horse that is unnamed with Harness Racing Australia, you can apply for a name through the registration process.  You will not be able to use the same name of a horse already registered with HRA – Check HRA OnLine for name availability.  If a SAQ registered and named horse is found to have the same name as a horse registered with HRA, the name will need to be changed.

For Unbranded and Partbred Standardbreds, the National Non Racing Studbook (NRS) and the National Partbred Register are produced by Standardbred Pleasure and Performance Horse Association of Victoria (SPPHAV) in conjunction with Harness Racing Australia (HRA) on behalf of all Standardbred Horse Associations of Australia (SHAA) members and their members within. Only equestrian groups that hold membership to the ‘Standardbred Horse Association of Australia’ (SHAA) have the ability to process NRS and partbred Standardbred registrations.

All SHAA members being:

Standardbred Pleasure & Performance Horse Association of Victoria SPPHAV

Standardbred Pleasure & Performance Horse Association of South Australia SPPHASA

Standardbred Pleasure & Performance Horse Association of New South Sales SPPHANSW

Standardbred Pleasure & Performance Horse Association of Tasmania SPPHAT

Standardbred Association of Queensland SAQ

Standardbred Pleasure & Performance Horse Association of Western Australia SPPHAWA

Please note the following in regards to registration with SAQ:

  • Applications for registration will only be accepted from financial members of SAQ.
  • Registration is free for financial members of SAQ.
  • All costs of DNA testing of Part Bred or NRS Standardbred horse and either the sire or dam (if required) must be paid by the member during the registration process.
  • All fees paid are non-refundable.
  • Registration is for the life of the horse.
  • For horses under the SAQ Horse Adoption program, registration will automatically occur at the end of the lease period as part of the transfer process.
  • Acceptance of registration is at the discretion of the registrar, or in the case of dispute, the SAQ Committee. SAQ will not enter into any disputes regarding registration/ownership of a horse.
  • As we are an organisation run by volunteers, please allow a minimum of 6 weeks for full processing of registration.

NRS (Non-Racing Stud Book) Stud Book/Partbred Register

Commonly Standardbred horses, in Australia, are identified by their freeze brand.  Since 1993 six state Standardbred Pleasure Associations have formed and the recognition of the breed, within the showing and other equine activity areas, has grown significantly.  Over the years there have been a number of people who bred a purebred Standardbred for non-racing purposes; horses that do not display a recognised racing freeze brand.

In order to validate the authenticity of these horses,  negotiations over a number of years, by Rebecca Lund (Founder of the Standardbred Pleasure and Performance Horse Association of Victoria – SPPHAV) and Harness Racing Australia – HRA, resulted in a program that provides for the certification of these horses via DNA testing of the relevant bloodlines of horses involved.  Within those negotiations was the inclusion of certification of partbred Standardbred horses that carried no less than provable 25% Standardbred bloodlines.

Australians who wish to breed a purebred Standardbred horse but not register it for racing purposes can do so providing the horse is certified as a purebred Standardbred horse via DNA testing.

Similarly, people wishing to show a partbred Standardbred horse also need to prove the Standardbred component of the horse’s bloodlines via DNA testing before it can enter an event as a partbred Standardbred.

To register a purebred Standardbred horse that is bred for pleasure and/or performance other than harness racing and, more importantly, a horse that will not be freeze branded OR a partbred Standardbred, owners are now required to verify the bloodlines via DNA testing which is done through Harness Racing Australia. Once DNA confirmation is received these horses will be registered in either the Non-Racing Stud Book Standardbreds (NRS Standardbreds) or the Partbred Standardbred register, also managed by Harness Racing Australia

Rules governing DNA testing of these horses are available here:   SPPHAV - NRSSTUDBOOK

Horse Registration/Transfer Forms:

To complete the registration process:


·         Complete the SAQ Membership Application if you are not already a member.

·         Complete ALL of the horse information on the registration form. With the freezebrand or racing name of the horse, you can find this information at

·         If you are registering an unnamed horse, please provide 5 alternative names in order of preference. While SAQ allows registration with your choice of name, the name cannot be the same as that of a horse already registered with HRA or SAQ.

·         Please provide the following photographs of your horse, without saddlery or harness:

-       A clear close up photograph of your horse’s brand. If horse is in winter coat, please clip the brand area for ease of reading.

-       A full body side-on view of the off-side of the horse, clearly showing the horse’s freeze brand on the neck.


Please send competed form and photos and fees (if applicable) to:


Horse Registrar


PO Box 348

Rosewood QLD 4340


If you need any assistance in this matter, please don’t hesitate to phone SAQ on 0412 973 102 or email

To see a sample of the new Registration card please click here