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, horses for sale and Irish Draught stallions at stud.

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AIRC Festival Success

AIRC Champion

Sophie Marks and Barbervilla Lily 
7 yr old mare
By Gortfree Hero

Placed 1st in Irish Draught class and also 2nd in the Irish Draught performance class at AIRC Festival


Hall of Fame Award 2016

Hall of Fame

Congratulations to the 2016 IDHBA recipient of the Athlone Show National Hall of Fame Award, David Cosby, pictured receiving his award from Mairéad Laverty, editor of Irish Country Living.

Stallion Auction 2016

Our sincere thanks to all who supported our stallion auction.
Special thanks to all of the stallion owners who donated services.


Inspection Review

Inspections have been reinstated for Spring 2016 pending the outcome of a review.
Proposed changes can be viewed on HSI website.
Please send any feedback to adoran@horsesportireland.ie and cc to gerry.greally@agriculture.gov.ie.
Make sure the breeders' voices are heard!

Awards 2015

The Kilkenny Branch would like to thank everyone who attended the Awards Night, particularly those who made the long journey from the north of Ireland, and guests from the USA.


2016 YearBook

The 2016 Yearbook will be distributed to members shortly through their branch secretaries. If you would like to get a copy, you can also purchase this, along with older editions in our Web Shop. Secure Payments via Paypal.

Yearbook 2016


National Breed Show 2016

National Show


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

Autumn Irish Draught Mare Inspections will be run by HSI at regional centres in early October.
Closing Date for Applications is September 12th.
Entry forms available from HSI Website
6th & 7th October 2016
Creagh Equestrian Centre, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway
10th October 2016
Warrington Top Flight EC, Co. Kilkenny
12th October 2016
Sligo West Stud, Atthychree, Enniscrone, Co Sligo
14th October 2016
Northern Ireland – venue to be confirmed
17th October 2016
Ballybrack EC, Ballybrack, Glenville, Co Cork
Cork / Kerry Branch
Irish Draught and Mixed Horse Sale
Irish Draughts, Sport Horses & Ponies
Showing Classes for Foals Sunday
October 16th 2016 Ballybrack Equestrian Centre, Glenville, Co. Cork
Starting at 11 am
Watergrasshill Exit (17) off Cork/Dublin Motorway
Enquiries to:
Kitty on 086-2782413 or Deirdre on 087-4157557
Entry Form
Conditions of Sale

Laois Branch Meeting
24th October 8pm.
Teagasc Offices Portlaoise.


IDHBA National Awards Night
Dinner Dance
Hosted by the Cork / Kerry Branch
Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery, Co. Cork
Saturday 12th November

Please check our calendar for all upcoming events.