A Sport Horse or sporthorse is a type of horse, rather than any particular breed. The term is usually applied to horses bred for equestrian sporting events of dressage, eventing, show jumping etc, but the precise definition varies.
The Western Australian Sport Horse Association Inc. or WASHA, is a registry for any equine used for recreation and breeding in WA but doesn't have to have been breed in WA.
WASHS Breed Classes are judged generally as a working/performance horse regardless of breed, type, size etc.
The main aims of WASHA Inc:
To run an association based on integrity with realistic costs and a high standard.
To register equines with a basic standard of excellence regardless of breed type. height or colour. Initially they will be categorised into types: i.e 'General' will be split by height and weight, Plus Warmblood, Western, etc; categories will be set to suit that type of animal. The categories will be modified as the registry develops. Colour categories will also be set which will help identifying genetics of horse colours not well represented in WA i.e. Roan, Champagne, Taffy/silver.
To develop and maintain a website, online registry and judges list.
To promote and sponsor shows to develop an annual show series and run an annual final Champion of Champion event.
To offer affiliation to WA based breed and colour registries who register horses in WA only. The affiliation will include reduce membership and registration cost, recognition of their registry as well as classes at WASHA run shows.
Incentives behind WASHA Inc.:
Western Australia is one of the most isolated equine breeding precincts in the world and our isolation although detrimental at times also provides also a high degree of protection.
WA's hot dry climate can affects the northern hemisphere breeds in the way they evolve, which in time is considered contrary to the breed type.
Many outstanding animals are ignored because of their part registrations but they stand alone in open competition. Quality animals are lost to the breeding industry for many reasons but often because of mounting costs. West Australians should be able to breed the type of horse they like which suits their purpose without being bound to registries that do not represent us or support the State.
A main aim is to stem the constant monetary drain from WA for multiple memberships and registrations and put that toward the purpose it should be intended "The Western Australian Horse Breeding Industry".