Welcome to the website of the Irish Draught Horse Breeders Assoication. This site is intended to be a valuable resource for members, breeders and enthusiasts. We aim to cover a wide range of topics relating to the Irish Draught Horse and our association, which endeavours to promote and protect our national breed. Please check back regularly to keep up to date with upcoming events and information. We also invite members to share their successes and their love of the Irish Draught with us. Don't forget that you can also make use of our website to advertise branch events and horses for sale.

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Hall of Fame Award 2019

Hall of fame

Congratulations to Tim Wilson, Co. Kilkenny, the 2019 recipient of the
Hall of Fame Award.
Pictured receiving his award from Kevin Moran TD.

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2019 YearBook

The 2019 Yearbook is now available. Books will be distributed free to members.
If you would like to get a copy, you can also order this, along with older editions in our Web Shop.
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yearbook 2019

Thanks to Liz Freeman, Kathleen Cox, Lyndon McKee Photography and Catherine Cotter for the cover photos.


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ID Foal Statistics for 2017

Thank you to Sally Begg for compiling these statistics on the Irish Draught Foals born in 2017. Click HERE.

Membership Renewals Now Due!

You can renew online HERE. Secure card payment via Stripe.


Task Force Report

The Horse Sport Ireland led task force on the future breeding policy for the Irish Draught has published its findings.
Download the full report here.

Equine Premises Registration

It will now be a legal requirement that any premises where an equine is kept be registered with the Department of Agriculture. This is compulsory, so please make yourself familiar with the new guidelines.
Click here for FAQs and Application Form.

Please note: Following a meeting between a number of equestrian bodies (including HSI & ISA) and the department of Agriculture, some changes have been made to the form and some questions have been removed.





Please send your Diary Dates to the secretariat idhba@eircom.net

Articles, branch reports, advertisements, photos etc.
for the 2020 Yearbook
To be submitted to the office by January 31st.
Digital photos must be high resolution and have permission from the photographer for use.
Laois Branch AGM
Monday 10th February
Teagasc Offices, Portlaoise, 8pm
Guest Speaker John Watson (TIH)
All welcome.
Stallion Parade, Mullingar Equestrian Centre, Sunday 23rd February, Commencing 12 noon.
Enquiries to the office: idhba@eircom.net
Tel: 044 9661199
(Cost will be €100 for 1 horse, €50 for subsequent horses)
Westmeath Offaly Branch AGM
27th February
Grand Hotel, Moate at 8.30pm.
All Welcome
Horse Sport Ireland will be holding Irish Sport Horse and Irish Draught Horse stallion selections at
Cavan Equestrian Centre on 10th and 11th March 2020.
Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 17th January 2020.
Application Forms
HSI Spring Mare Selections 2020
Closing date for receipt of applications is
Friday, 6th March 2020
25th March Creagh Equestrian Centre, Co. Galway
26th March Ballybrack Equestrian Centre, Co. Cork
30th March Warrington Topflight Equestrian Centre, Co. Kilkenny
1st April Portmore Equestrian Centre, Co. Armagh
Kildare Branch
Working Hunter Show.
Saturday 21 March
Kildare Branch
Jump X league Greenogue Equestrian.
Newcastle, Co Dublin.
Sunday 5th 19th 26th April
IDHBA Wicklow Branch show.
26th July 2020 in Marlton Stud, Wicklow town