Western Australian Buckskin Association Inc.

The Registry for Buckskin and Dun horses in WA.



WABA Inc. AGM & Awards Presentation 2015 

Sunday August 9 10.30 am Start

48 John Street Henley Brook

2015 State Championships 21 & 22 November at Brookleigh  

Latest Newsletter & Results available on the News/Events & Results pages.

The Western Australian Buckskin Association Inc. or WABA as it is often referred, was established for the Breeding, Registration & Showing of Buckskin and Dun horses in Western Australia. The WABA is a colour registry not a breed registry and even though we recognise respective breeds, our primary interest is in horses that carry the correct colour genetics required to be registered. We also have a separate registry for Cremello and Perlino. The WABA is affiliated with Vic, NSW, SA, TAS and Qld, who combine to form the Australian Buckskin Association. All Society's registrations are transferable & with each society offering reciprocal showing rights.

We are a 'not for profit' Incorporated Association first established in 1976. All profit is channelled straight back into the Association for the benefit of our members.

Our colour code is not unique but our isolation has allowed us to establish a very clear understanding of Buckskin and Dun colour and we have registered them separately since 1978.

Buckskin, Palomino, Cremello and Perlino horses are amongst the oldest recognised colours in history and can only be achieved by breeding a horse carrying the Cream gene and the base colours Black (Bay or Brown) or Chestnut. The best way to describe this is: If you keep breeding horses carrying the ?cream gene? back to each other you may end up with a ?cremello? or ?perlino? and if you breed a Cremello or Perlino to a Bay, Brown, Black or Chestnut you have a 100% guaranteed Buckskin or Palomino. There are no known hereditary defects associated with the cream gene and it is perfectly safe to breed any cream to another.

The Dun Factor is seen in some of the oldest recognised breeds in the world and can be carried by any coloured horse and coupled with any colour characteristic.

The WABA only register solid coloured horses carrying the Duns primal markings. The lightening effect (lack of iridescence) seen in the base coat of duns, has no connection or similarity to the diluting effect of the cream gene carried by Buckskin, Palomino, Cremello & Perlino.

The once named 'cream' or 'yellow dun' which we now refer to as the Buckskin/Dun, has the most striking effect of all Duns. It has one copy of the cream gene and one or two copies of the Dun. It is now recognised that the cream and dun gene can carry parallel to one another in one parent, from one generation to the next.This is what originally led to the very wrong belief that Buckskin and Dun were in fact the same colour. It is this phenomenon that highlights the vast difference between the cream gene diluting and the effect of dun factor.

For more detailed information regarding colour requirements and genetics please refer to the Colour Information Page.

Association Activities

The Association runs two Championship Shows each year. A Shades of Summer Colour Show-off and Futurities in February and our State Championships in November. These show are held at a 'class' indoor venue, with an impressive array of Perpetual, Sponsored Annual Awards and Trophy's.  We also endeavour to sponsor prises at Agricultural and other major shows each year including the Perth Royal Show. A newsletter is sent out around 4 - 6 times a year.

The WABA now offer registration rights to registered Palomino owners, who breed progeny with accepted Stud Book parentage which is not accepted in their main stud book registry because of colour (e.g. Buckskin, Cremello or Perlino). That progeny can now put up for Foal Recording in the correct registry without having to pay additional membership. This includes the new Cremello & Perlino Registry Western Australia, CPRWA. For this progeny to be shown in WABA and CPRWA classes they must be a member of WABA.

WABA also now recognise stud book registered palominos and allow showing rights. Where respective breed classes are not available for palominos, registered Palomino's may enter WABA Cream Appendix or Appendix classes. 

Awards and Trophies

The Association presents Annual Awards as well as Merit Awards where points are accumulated added to a life time total for your horse. Awards are presented at the Annual General Meeting each year. Special Annual Awards include the "Alaskan Tenko Memorial Shield" for Overall High Point Performance at WABA State Championships and "Brickton Autumn Blossom Memorial Award" for Hi Point Small Pony/Horse under 10.2 also awarded at the WABA State Championships. 

We hope you find our website interesting and informative, please do not hesitate to contact any of our committee members for further information or assistance.

2014 WABA CPRWA State Championships

2014 State Grand Champion Buckskin/Dun 

"Tondarosa Exquisite"

pictured with Judge Leanne Owens (Qld) and owner Sandra Spencer

2014 Shades of Summer Show-off & Futurities

Kelly Whitburn and "One Scotch On The Rocks" 2014 SOS Show-off Champion Ridden,  pictured with judge Vikki O'Dea and Reserve Champion Ridden Eliza Hebiton and "Buffalo Soldier" photo courtesy Vicki's Photos

Below: "Tondarosa Gypsy Queen" (Black Dun) 2014 SOS  Show-off Supreme Champion Buckskin/Dun Small Pony under 10.2hh owner Toni Hunt, photo Samantaha Whitelaw Photography

Below: 2014 SOS Show-off Supreme Champion Buckskin and/or Dun Pony 10.2-14hh

 " Glen Avon Carry A Wish" owner Hazel Filear, pictured with judge Vikki O'Dea and handler J Karmelich

"Titanium" (Black buckskin) 2014 SOS Show-off Supreme Champion Buckskin/Dun over 14hh owner Sandra Whitburn
2014 SOS Show-off Supreme Champion Cremello/Perlino "Arabianoro Phenomenon" pictured 2nd top of page.

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