Membership

Eligibility
The membership of the Society shall be open to persons who except in the case of Special Honorary Members, are resident in the Republic of South Africa.

Application for membership
Prospective members must make application in writing on the prescribed forms and must be proposed by one existing member of the society. The scheduled entrance and subscription fee must accompany the application. If a prospective member wishes to qualify for a vote at the annual general meeting, the application must be submitted at least one calendar month before the next annual general meeting.
Membership may be granted unconditionally or subject to certain conditions as determined by council. In the event of an application being refused, all monies will be refunded and reasons for refusal will also be provided in writing to the respective person.

The following class of membership apply:

REGISTERED BREEDER
A natural person over the age of eighteen years, who is a South African citizen, a company, close corporation, partnership, trust or body corporate which has a stud with recorded prefix registered with the Arab Horse Society of South Africa and which person, over the age of 18 years, a company, close corporation, partnership, trust or body corporate who is the registered owner of a registered or recorded mare with the Arab Horse Society of South Africa, which mare is two years and older, and that mare has bred a foal that is registered / recorded under the prefix of the registered breeder, and which Registered Breeder has been a member of the Society for an uninterrupted period of 3 (three) years. A registered Breeder will thus enjoy the right to vote at any general meetings, special meetings and or Provincial meetings. A registered Breeder which is a company, close corporation, partnership, trust or body corporate shall be represented and shall enjoy the rights, duties and privileges of a Registered Breeder through one natural person over the age of 18 years appointed and nominated by the said company, close corporation, partnership, trust or body corporate as its official representative in terms of the Constitution. A foreign National can become a Registered Breeder, but will not enjoy the rights and privileges of attending any meeting or meetings of the Society and or be eligible to be elected into any position in the Arab Horse Society of South Africa.

HONORARY LIFE MEMBERS
For special services in the interest of horses, a person may at an Annual General Meeting be elected as Honorary Life Member who shall enjoy all the rights and privileges of membership, including the right to vote at any meeting of the Society and the right to be elected to the Council, provided that no such person shall be eligible for Honorary Life Membership unless recommended by the Council.

SPECIAL HONORARY MEMBERS
Persons not necessarily actively engaged in the breeding of horses may be elected Special Honorary Members by the Council upon such conditions as the Council may determine. Special Honorary Members may not vote at meetings of the Society and are not eligible for election to the Council.

JUNIOR MEMBERS
Persons under the age of eighteen (18) years may become Junior Members by approval of the Council, subject to their parents or guardians counter-signing the application for membership and accepting full responsibility for the financial and other commitments towards the Society on behalf of such junior member. Junior members may not vote at meetings of the Society and are not eligible for election to the Council. Upon payment of the scheduled fees, they may partake in the other activities of the Society.

STUDENT MEMBERS
Persons who are eighteen (18) years of age or older and registered for full-time study may become student members by approval of the Council. Student members will be accorded the same rights and privileges as junior members and shall automatically become ordinary members upon conclusion of such studies. Part-time students may also qualify for student membership.

ASSOCIATED MEMBER
Any person whom is 18 years old or older and is resident in the Republic of South Africa may become an associated member of the Society. This membership will entitle the member to participate at any event organized and or affiliated to the society. Such member however has no right to vote or attend the AGM and may not be elected on council or any other position within the Society.

Fee Structure
The annual subscriptions and fees are payable in advance on the 2nd January in each year, and is considered to be in arrears, if unpaid on the ensuing 31st March. Should a member fail to pay his/her subscription after due notice for payment has been served, such member’s membership will automatically be terminated.

All services to members will only be rendered on a cash basis and then only to members whose annual subscriptions have been paid unless other arrangements have been made with the Manager. Any member who has failed to pay his current annual subscription before the closing date for entries for any show, shall be barred from showing, and the relevant show holding society will be informed accordingly.

All fees will increase as from 1 January as per Council resolution.