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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Irish Draughts Aroud Ireland
Charity Fundraiser


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Please submit any oustanding donations before December 31st.

A Message From Our Chairperson

Dear member,

It has been a difficult year for all members & breeders as Covid 19 restrictions prevented us travelling to show our Irish Draught horses across the country, not to mention the personal sacrifice this pandemic has also had on members. When I took up my post in 2019 never did I envisage the halt to all activities we would face in 2020. Our biggest loss of the year of course being our National Show. 
However despite all the setbacks we did manage to have a few limited activities our IDHBA Stallion Show being one which we fully intend to run again on the 14th March 2021 in Mullingar Equestrian Centre.
We had close to 100 entries from our members around the country who supported our IDs Around Ireland & raised considerable amounts of money to help a number of very worthy Irish charities.
Our Board of Directors & branches embraced technology & through Zoom & Teams were able to some degree to stay connected. Indeed for Heritage wWeek the Kildare branch received the Heritage Award from Kildare Co. Council for their magnificent video of the Irish Draught horse in History which is a highly recommended watch if you haven't already seen it. 
The Directors don't want to forget the tireless work of our volunteers of which there are so many from branch committees to branch shows to national show committees all of whom must be commended & profoundly thanked. 
I have no doubt 2021 will be different for the Irish Draught breeder & I look forward to meeting you all & enjoying the laughter that engulfs our organisation out & about around the country. 
On behalf of the Board of Directors & myself I wish a Very Happy Christmas & a better New Year to you all.

Jennifer Haverty

Covid-19 Information

Please click here to see information from DAFM on Covid-19 restrictions and recommendations.

Thank you to all who supported our stallion parade in Mullingar Equestrian Centre.
For those who could not make it, you can view the CATALOGUE HERE.

2020 YearBook

The 2020 Yearbook is now available. Books will be distributed free to members through your branches, along with your 2020 membership cards.
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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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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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 idhbaoffice@gmail.com

IDs Around Ireland
Charity Fundraiser
Running until November 1st 2020.
€20 minimum donation
Contact your branch for details.