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.
Please submit any oustanding donations before December 31st.
A Message From Our Chairperson
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.
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.
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
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Hall of Fame Award 2019
Congratulations to Tim Wilson, Co. Kilkenny, the 2019 recipient of the
Hall of Fame Award.
Pictured receiving his award from Kevin Moran TD.
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
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.