The LAA has been in existence since 1995. Originally called the Australian Lipizzaner Registry (A.L.R.) Inc. the organisation changed its name in 2007.
During the years 1995 to 2008, an association was formed called the Australian Lipizzaner Registry (A.L.R.) Inc. This association was formed to create a Stud Book for Purebred Lipizzaners and a Registry for Part Bred Lipizzaners. The first Registrar for the Australian Lipizzaner Registry (A.L.R.) Inc. was Louise Krutzler and in 2002 Georgina Beard took over the role of Stud Book Registrar. At the 2007 Australian Lipizzaner Registry (A.L.R.) Inc. Annual General Meeting, it was unanimously agreed to change the name from the Australian Lipizzaner Registry (A.L.R.) Inc. to the Lipizzaner Association of Australasia. Many people who were part of the managing Committee at that time, are active members of the Lipizzaner Association of Australasia today
To prepare for the 2007 Annual General Meeting, an extraordinary amount of work went into the consideration of the requirements necessary to create the LAA. The most important requirement was to develop a new constitution that would meet the needs of the Association and its members over time. The Constitution sets out the objectives of the Association which offers a guide for our focus and energy. We encourage all to review our Constitution which is available on our website http://www.lipizzaneraustralia.org. At the 2007 AGM it was unanimously agreed to transfer to the Lipizzaner Association of Australasia, the assets and liabilities of the old Australian Lipizzaner Registry (A.L.R.) Inc. This includes, for example, the Lipizzaner Stud Book and Part Bred Register for all horses registered with the Australian Lipizzaner Registry (A.L.R.) Inc., DNA Records, Pedigrees, assets and business records. Once this was completed the Australian Lipizzaner Registry (A.L.R.) Inc. was formally de-registered and this was announced in the South Australian government gazette on 14 May 2009. And so in 2008 the Lipizzaner Association of Australasia was formed.
The Committee for the Australian Lipizzaner Registry (A.L.R.) Inc. wanted to develop a modern Association name. It was important also to develop a new Constitution with a wider focus on developing the Lipizzaner breed, creating opportunities for Lipizzaner owners to participate in competitive events and increase knowledge and education about the breed. Recent examples of our commitment in this area are the Clinics on the Lipizzaner Breed with Dr Yvonne Peeters held during 2012.
The first word of our Association of course should represent our very essence – Lipizzaner! We also felt that this new modern Association name would be easier to recognise for those interested in Lipizzaners. Also of importance, a number of our members are based in New Zealand and we wanted to respect and include the acknowledgement of these members in our Association name, thus the region is expressed as Australasia.
Our Stud Book is managed strictly in accordance with guidelines set down by the Austrian Federal Stud at Piber and the Spanish Riding School of Vienna. In addition, it is important to note that the Lipizzaner Association of Australasia is the only Association for Australia and New Zealand recognised by the Lipizzaner International Federation (LIF). The LIF is an international body including Lipizzaner Associations throughout the world, in particular those heading Breeding programs and holding Stud Books. It includes the original Austrian Empire Studs (Primary Studs). The LIF facilitates the international recognition of Lipizzaner Stud Books in each country , provides an information base and support, and is working towards a international register.