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.
Looking for a Christmas gift for the horse lover in your life?
How about this excellent new book...
Or one of our lovely Crested Jackets...
Irish Draught Horse Breeders Association ''Regatta Professional'' SoftShell Navy Crested Jacket in Size, S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL, for Sale in our online shop.
Ideal for the working out door person.
Shower Proof, Wind Repellent, Breathable Light Weight easy clean Jacket,
all for €45.00 plus P&P.
Jackets can also be ordered through your branch.
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 August Newsletter can now be downloaded from our Newsletters & Updates Page.
Five Sale Options for your Irish Draughts
Even though people are busy showing and the foaling/breeding season is winding down, now is the time to start thinking about finding new homes for your wonderful Irish Draught horses. The IDHBA is offering several options for selling your pride and joy this year and most of these points of sale will cost very little apart from some of your valuable time.
Please have a look at our Horses For Sale Page for details of some of the options available.
Strong PerformANCE by Irish Draughts At AIRC Festival
Click Here for Report and Photographs.
Click here to view a report and photos from the ID section at Gorey Show.
The 2013 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.
HSI Stallion Inspections 2013
If anyone is interested in seeing video footage of the stallions approved at the recent inspections, have a look at IrishHorse.TV at the following link:
To all you budding photographers out there...
We are currently seeking good quality photographs of Irish Draughts for use in promotional materials.
We are particularly interested in photos of Irish Draughts participating in various disciplines, e.g. hunting, carriage driving, Trec, jumping, working hunter, eventing,
riding club, endurance etc.
Please send high resolution photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos must be your own and you must give permission for them to be reproduced by the Association for the promotion of the Irish Draught Breed.
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.