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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Stallion Auction 2017

IDHBA are delighted to announce that we will be hosting a stallion auction commencing in early 2017 with the kind sponsorship of our many stallion owners. Please watch our facebook and website pages in January when we will be releasing the auction listing of stallions.  

IDHBA Awards 2016

The Association wishes to congratulate the recipients of this year's awards and thank all of those who supported what was a wonderful evening. Special thanks to the Cork/Kerry Branch for hosting the awards and to our guest speaker, Pat Corbet, President of the Irish Shows Association.
Details of Awards Recipients & Photos

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.


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!


2016 YearBook

The 2016 Yearbook is still available. 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



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

Stallion Selections 2017
Closing Date for Applications for
H.S.I. Stallion Inspections 2017
is December 19th 2016
Application forms and
details of criteria and classifications
can be downloaded from the H.S.I. website
Yearbook 2017
Calling out for yearbook material.
Please send articles, branch reports and photos to the office by January 27th.
Inspector Training
Inspector training for Irish Draught Inspectors planned for early 2017.
Open to all current members.
Please complete the expression of interst form below and return to the office if you would like to take part.
Expression of Interest

Please check our calendar for all upcoming events.