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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Breed Show Cancellation

On behalf of the Directors of the IDHBA the
Chair (Jennifer Haverty) would like to extend her good wishes, and those of the Board to all
and hope that you are well at this difficult time.
Following a Zoom meeting of the Board of Directors, the Chair advises that the Board have reached the difficult decision not to hold the IDHBA Breed Show this year.
The ongoing restrictions caused by the Coronovirus Pandemic made the Board conclude that for the health of all our members and supporters the 2020 breed show would be cancelled.
We are saddened to share this news with you, but the uncertainty surrounding the virus at this time makes it impossible for us to guarantee the safety of all involved.
The Directors and Jennifer ask that you take a moment to think of all front line staff as they continue to work on behalf of everyone in overcoming the virus.
We look forward to coming back
better than ever in 2021.

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

HSI Spring Mare Selections 2020
Postponed until further notice due to Covid-19
IDHBA National AGM
Following on from the announcement of a localised 'lockdown' in Counties Kildare, Offaly and Laois, we regret to inform you that the AGM scheduled for this Sunday in Abbeyleix has been cancelled. The office will contact all those who had registered their intention to attend informing them of this. The AGM will now take place via Zoom only on Saturday 15th August at 2pm, link to follow.
Kildare Branch IDHBA
Punchestown Sand Arenas
Deferred until 27th September
due to Covid-19 restriction in the area.
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IDHBA Wicklow Branch Show
Cancelled for 2020 due to Covid-19