About the Australian Stud Book
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About this website
The Australian Stud Book website is updated daily. All records found on this site are the property of the joint proprietors of the Australian Stud Book.

The Australian Stud Book wishes to thank Vinery Australia for use of the foal image on the home page.
    
The Australian Stud Book Story
AJC and VRC recognise breed integrity
In the midst of a major period of growth for a fledgling nation, 1910 saw the birth of the Australian Navy, Sydney’s Sun newspaper ran its first edition and the population of Australia was estimated to be just over 4.4 million people. It was also the year Comedy King won the Melbourne Cup and a time in which the Australian racing industry began to recognise the importance of documenting the bloodlines of the athletes that provided the entertainment for the country’s greatest sport.
After more than 30 years of fastidious record keeping by WC Yuille and associates, the Australian Jockey Club and the Victoria Racing Club, whilst already having supported them financially for over 20 years, purchased the rights to the Australian Stud Book and became joint owners and custodians of records that have become the backbone of the Australian breeding and racing industry.
The two clubs fully subsidised the costs of producing each volume of the Australian Stud Book until 1950 at an equivalent cost of $1.5 million each. When the need to support operational costs became evident an annual fee for mare owners was introduced.
Today, the fees to return broodmares and identify foals are the lowest of any major stud book authority in the world and this identification process guarantees the pedigree of every foal born in the country. The relevance of the Australian Stud Book is now so much more evident as it is constantly relied upon to provide accurate breeding records for the ever increasing global trading of Thoroughbreds for racing and breeding stock which contributes over $125 million annually to the Australian economy.
AJC and VRC vision produces world leader
Since 2000, the Australian Stud Book has seen major operational changes and through the leadership of AJC and VRC has become the leading stud book authority in the world. Over this period, the organisation has invested nearly $5 million in technical hardware, software and laboratory equipment. This investment has resulted in operational cost savings of over $750,000 per annum.
Over the past 10 years, the Australian Stud Book has also granted over $1.5 million to Thoroughbred Breeders Australia to assist with research into and promotion of the Thoroughbred breed. The AJC and VRC allowed 30,000 mares which had been bloodtyped to be DNA tested, at no cost to breeders.
The joint proprietors are justly proud that their stewardship of the Australian Stud Book has supported the following world leading initiatives:
  • Identification – the most rigorous and practical means of identifying Thoroughbreds in the world, all Australian foals are DNA typed, microchipped and branded and records are maintained by the Australian Stud Book.
  • Online technology – the Australian Stud Book website is the most advanced online facility of its kind, providing full breeding history of every Thoroughbred since 1972, information of historical significance and the facility for breeders to lodge mare and stallion returns online. The website received an upgrade in 2004 and allows breeders to access up-to-date and pertinent information regularly.
  • Identification Cards – all foals born since 2003 have been issued with an identification card providing breeding, markings, sex, brand and microchip details. The card can be used at studs and at bloodstock sales and replaces the antiquated and financially cumbersome ‘passport’ used by most other nations. Cards are also provided for contact breeders and ASB approved veterinarians.
  • National Brands Register – all brands identified on Thoroughbreds in Australia are now recorded upon the ASB website. The register allows the regulation of brands to ensure duplication does not occur and each brand owner has a special card describing the brands.
  • Communications – in 2004 the ASB developed a new user friendly approach to its customers through the introduction of online news, email news and a services information booklet for new breeders. It also undertook a program to multi-skill staff in order to provide a higher standard of customer service.
The University of Queensland’s world class parentage testing service at the Australian Equine Genetics Research Centre ensures an independent quality control practice for the Australian Stud Book’s identification system.
ASB an influence on the world
The Australian Stud Book is a founding member of the International Stud Book Committee, comprising nine world stud book authorities, which has met annually since 1976 to ensure the relativity of rules and expedite the international movement of horses. Many Australian Stud Book initiatives have been adopted by some or all ISBC members, and other stud book authorities including:
  • determining the age of a foal based on service date
  • improving international tracking with a permanent life number for every horse
  • streamlining export procedures to expedite the international travel of horses
  • displaying on the website the new name of any horse with a name change
  • simplifying pedigrees with country suffixes after every horse name
  • defining a specific rule prohibiting artificial breeding practices
In addition, the New Zealand Stud Book adopted the Australian initiatives of freeze branding, DNA typing, microchipping, and the inclusion of New Zealand brands in our National Brands Register to ensure freedom of movement across the Tasman.
Ongoing commitment
The joint proprietors are dedicated to providing independent breed integrity through the Australian Stud Book as they have done for over 115 years. Foresight and dedication will ensure the Australian Stud Book strives to continually improve the services for breeders and remain a world leader in its field.
History
The first stud book was compiled by William C Yuille, sporting editor of the Melbourne Weekly Times in 1878.  Yuille ran a bloodstock agency at 47 Bourke Street West, Melbourne which later became Wright Stephensons, then Wrightsons Bloodstock and finally New Zealand Bloodstock.  Yuille’s son Archibald Yuille, who was later honoured with life membership of the VRC, together with FF Dakin assisted Yuille to compile the records of several colonial stud books into a national register called the Australian Stud Book.  The Australian Jockey Club and Victoria Racing Club assisted financially with Volume 3 and      officially recognised the Australian Stud Book from Volume 4 onwards.  When the cost of publishing the records proved too burdensome for Yuille, he sold his copyright and publishing rights for £2000 to the AJC and VRC for ‘the express purpose of preserving an official record of the breeding industry in Australia and of assisting to improve the standard of the blood horse in the country’.  Other principal clubs assisted financially until 1949 when a yearly charge was introduced for each mare.
Click here for a detailed history of the Australian Stud book.
Compiler Years Notes Volumes
William C Yuille 1878 Founder 1
Archibald Yuille 1882 Son of founder 2 - 9
Keeper of the Stud Book   Deputy Keeper
1. Archibald P Wilson 1909 10
2. Leslie G Rouse 1914 Died in office Gordon MacKellar 11 - 15
3. A Loddon Yuille 1928 Grandson of founder Gordon MacKellar 16 - 21
4. Walter J McFadden 1949 Retired Douglas McKay 22 - 34
John Wolsley  
Roderick Page  
5. Roderick Page 1985 Retired Michael Ford 35 - 36
6. John Digby 1988 Retired Michael Ford 37 - 40
7. Michael Ford 2004 Retired Melanie Hill 41 - 43
      Jacqueline Stewart  
8. Jacqueline Stewart 2014 Current
The joint proprietors take every care to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in these records. They expressly disclaim all liability for errors or omissions of any kind whatever (whether negligent or otherwise) or for any loss, damage or other consequence, which may arise from any person relying upon the information contained.

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