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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Geological Survey

Attention all horse owners in Roscommon, Longford and Westmeath:
The Tellus North Midlands project (a project by the Geological Survey of Ireland) is a survey to map the rocks and soils of the north midlands region, including an Airborne Survey and Soil Sampling.
Survey work will commence in August 2014 and run until the end of December 2014. As part of the airborne survey, two aircrafts will be flying at an altitude of 90m approx, taking measurements as they fly over the different types of rocks and soil.
All flights have permits issued by the Irish Aviation Authority.
We will notify IDHBA the day before the flight to make you aware of the timing etc
(likely early-mid September)
You should have had a flier delivered by An Post as well....

National Raffle Result

Draw took place at the national show.
1st Prize: €500 Catherine Farrell, Co.Laois
2nd Prize:€300 Ellen Walton, UK
3rd Prize: €200 Eddie Meehan, Co.Sligo
Congratulations to all the winners!

National Breed Show - Saturday August 2nd

Our most sincere thanks to everyone who supported our show, despite the inclement weather conditions!

Dubarry Presentation

Paul Corson, Dubarry of Ireland, presenting Valerie Davis a pair dubarry boots as Breeder of the Supreme Champion at Irish Draught Horse Breeders Association National Show.
Our sincere thanks to Dubarry for this fantastic prize.

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.



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.

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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.



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

The Kilkenny branch of the Irish Draught Horse Breeders Association are hosting two talks on horse breeding
On Tues 11th Nov. at 8.30 pm
in the Ormonde Hotel Kilkenny
Talk 1. Mr. Shane Ryan MRCVS Kilcash Equine Clinic Topic Using "Ovuplant" To increase fertility in breeding ,especially when using frozen semen
Talk 2. Mr James Bolger (Racehorse breeder and trainer. ) Coolcullen , Co. Carlow Topic The attributes I look for in a Broodmare
All are welcome and there is no charge. These talks promise to be very enjoyable and informative to all horse breeders Parking is available in the highrise park across the street from the hotel
Annual Awards Dinner 2014
hosted by the
Irish Draught Horse Society Ltd Northern Ireland at Armagh City Hotel
on Saturday 15th November 2014
Come and join the party!
Tickets €35/£30
available from your local branch
Yearbook 2015
Submissions, Articles and Advertisements
for the 2015 Yearbook must be submitted to the office before the end of November

Please check our calendar for all upcoming events.