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The SPPHAV registers all Standardbred horses.  SPPHAV also offers DNA certification and registration of purebred non-racing Standardbred and partbred Standardbred horses. Partbred horses must have a minimum 25% Standardbred bloodlines. Proof of all bloodlines are required when applying for these registrations. Without DNA certification and SPPHAV registration, non-racing Standardbred and partbred Standardbred horses cannot compete in breed competition in Victoria.


By becoming a member of the SPPHAV you help give this gentle, faithful horse the united front it needs for recognition in all equestrian activities, not just harness racing.

A low annual membership and once-only horse registration fee enables you to become a part of all the SPPHAV has to offer. Join now and support the Standardbred and the SPPHAV.


The Standardbred Pleasure & Performance Horse Association of Victoria offers encouragement and support to owners of the Standardbred and Partbred Standardbred horses.

Provides the means for owners to present their pure and partbred Standardbred horses in breed show classes and equestrian events.

Assists owners to raise the level of their skills.

Encourages owners to compete alongside all other breeds at the many competitions held annually.

Whether your horse is a champion harness racer, a breeding stallion, a brood mare or a ridden gelding, when you register your pure or partbred Standardbred with the SPPHAV you can participate in a variety of equestrian events.


  •  State Championships for pure and partbred Standardbreds.
  • State Dressage and Showjumping Championships for pure and  partbred Standardbreds.
  • Annual Champagne Dressage Series pure and partbred Standardbreds.
  • Breed classes at agricultural and open shows for pure and partbred Standardbreds.
  • Annual breed and open show high point awards for pure and partbred Standardbreds.
  • Endurance and Trail Riding Awards.
  • Annual presentation of the Harness Racing Victoria HERO Program sponsored Perpetual Trophy.
  • Newsletters.
  • Rider and handler training days.
  • Certified (purebred) Non Racing Standardbred and Partbred Standardbred registration.
  • Annual Dinner and Award Presentations
  • Annual General Meeting.


  • To promote the Standardbred as a breed of horse suited to all equestrian disciplines.

  • To continue to provide fair and equal competition, for the Standardbred, in all aspects of equestrian events.
  • To raise the profile of the Standardbred by informing the public of the good nature, temperament and versatility of the breed.
  • To support and provide assistance in pleasure / performance training of the Standardbred to ensure the Standardbred is seen as an all round competition horse in the equestrian arena.
  • To provide a vehicle for owners of the Standardbred to meet and / or communicate.

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The SPPHAV was formed August1993 that makes us 30 years old.

From the beginning our members have proudly presented their Standardbreds to a high standard with complements from judges such as “Your members present to Garryowen levels and are by far the best presented of the show” Rob Gaylard, Royal Melbourne Show. 

We put the Standardbred in Victorias equestrian scene promoting at all major horse expos with major wins at Equitana with our Standardbreds winning Reserve Champion and Peoples choice in 2014 and placing in the top 5 in 2022 in Equitana’s Horse of the Year. 

We ARE Victorias equestrian breed association for Standardbreds.  Our annual State Championships in Showing, Dressage and Show jumping and annual awards have seen many members and their Standardbreds shine over multiple years and working with our interstate counterparts have produced National Champions.

Implementing a National Studbook for non-racing bred Standardbreds and a partbred registrar all DNA verified, accepted by Harness Racing Australia. And much more...

Our efforts have seen the prejudice towards the breed slowly disappearing, the acceptance of the Standardbred as a pleasure and/or performance horse has come along way thanks to dedicated committee members and our members in general, all very proud Standardbred owners.

We will continue to support and promote the wonderful Standardbred forever!


The SPPHAV appreciate the support and partnerships  with the following sponsors.  


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