Welcome to the webiste 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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Southern Region Performance Irish Draught League

The Cork / Kerry Branch of IDHBA are running a new initiative this Summer for performance Irish Draughts. A series of qualifiers is being run at various shows and venues with two horses qualifying from each round to take part in the final at the Festival of Traditional Breeding at Limerick Show on August 23rd.

This is a great opportunity for exhibitors to get a feel for the RDS performance class at a much reduced cost and gives an opportunity to demonstrate the suitability of the Irish Draught as an amateur riding horse.

Each horse first gives an individual display to demonstrate their paces. They are then asked to jump a series of fences according to their age. 4 yr olds jump 90cm, 5 yr olds 1 M and 6 yr olds jump 1.10 M. The horses will then be ridden by the judge and stripped and assessed by an ID conformation judge.

There are still two chances to qualify at the West Cork Horse Breeders Performance Show on July 19th in The West Cork Equestrian Centre, Kilbrittain and on July 26th at the Branch Training evenining at Ballybrack Equestrian Centre, Glenville.
Please contact the Branch Secretary for details.

2014 YearBook

The 2014 Yearbook is currently being distributed to members through their branch secretaries. If you would like to get a copy, you can also purchase this, along with older editions in our new Web Shop. Secure Payments via Paypal.



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Recent Show Jumping Success

Please click here to read about recent part-bred Irish Draught successes in show-jumping.

2013 National Awards

The Donegal Branch of the IDHBA ran a hugely successful National Awards Night in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny on Saturday November 9th.
Our thanks to all who supported.
To find out who received this years honours, please visit the awards page.

HOYS Success For Irish Draught

The Irish Draught had a magnificent week at the Horse of The Year Show. The Heavy weight hunter of the year was Loughkeen Dancing Lord (by Crosstown Dancer),
The Supreme Cob of the year was The Comedian (by Welcome Flagmount)
and the Maxi cob of the Year Hallmark IX (by Welcome Flagmount),who later went on to take the overall SUPREME.
All three of these champions are full Irish Draught geldings.
The supreme championship at HOYS is another achievement of the Irish Draught Horse!!!

Congratulations to all involved!


Our November Newsletter can now be downloaded from our Newsletters & Updates Page.

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

IDHBA Cork / Kerry Branch
Training and Information Evening
Ballybrack Equestrian Centre, Glenville, Co. Cork.
Friday July 25th at 7pm.
Topics include: farriery, nutrition, grooming and show presentation, endurance for IDs
Refreshments will be provided.
LAST CHANCE to qualify for the Performance Irish Draught Final at Limerick.
Entry Form

The Kilmacanogue Horse Show 2014 is on Saturday 26th July
at Monastery, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow.
Classes for Registered Irish Draught horses will be sponsored by the Dublin Branch of the I.D.H.B.A. at the Show.
List of I.D. Classes
IDHBA National Breed Show
Mullingar Equestrian Centre
Saturday August 2nd
Schedule & Entry Forms
Tullow Show
Performance Irish Draught Classes
August 17th
More Information
Autumn Mare Inspections:
25th August: Tubberbride, Co.Sligo and Creagh, Co.Galway
1st September: Warrington, Co.Kilkenny and West Cork Eq. Centre, Bandon
8th September: Danescroft, Co.Kilkenny and Coilog, Co.Kildare
Closing Date for applications is August 11th
Application Forms

Please check our calendar for all upcoming events.