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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2019 YearBook

The 2019 Yearbook is now available. Books will be distributed free to members.
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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yearbook 2019

Thanks to Liz Freeman, Kathleen Cox, Lyndon McKee Photography and Catherine Cotter for the cover photos.



Thank you to EVERYONE who made the show such a success this year. From exhibitors, spectators, sponsors, stewards, event staff, suppliers, supporters, Punchestown staff, friends & family you all played a part, big or small, in ensuring an enjoyable day was had by all.


Supreme In-hand Champion 2018
Eddie Murphy's Holycross Grace
Presentation being made to Patrick Murphy 
by National Chairman, Damien Kenny 

National Show 2018 Entry List and Results

Hall of Fame Award 2018

Hall of fame

Congratulations to Padraig Fitzpatrick, Co. Leitrim, the 2018 recipient of the
Hall of Fame Award.
Pictured receiving his award from Denis Naughten 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 idhba@eircom.net

Registered Irish Draught
Evening Sale
16th April
will be held on Sunday 14th April 2019
in Abbeyleix Manor Hotel, Abbeyleix, Co.Laois. Commencing 2.30pm
HSI Spring Mare Selections 2019
16th April Tubberbride Stables, Co. Sligo
17th April Creagh Equestrian Centre, Co. Galway
24th April West Cork Equine Centre, Co. Cork
25th April East Clare Equestrian Centre, Co. Clare
29th  April Warrington Topflight Equestrian Centre, Co. Kilkenny
Closing date for receipt of applications is
Monday 1st April 2019
Application Forms
Laois Branch One Day Event
Stradbally Hall
Sunday 5th May
Laois Branch Show
Stradbally Hall
Sunday 7th July
Wicklow Branch Show
14th July 2019
Marlton Stud in Wicklow Town
IDHBA NI Branch Annual Show
Show of the North
24th August 2019
The Meadows Equestrian Centre
Kildare Branch ODE
26th August
IDHBA National Breed Show
31st August 2019
Punchestown Racecourse
Cork / Kerry Branch
Irish Draught & Mixed Horse & Pony Sale
Monday October 28th 2019
Ballybrack Equestrian Centre, Glenville, Co. Cork
Exit 17 (Watergrasshill) on Cork - Dublin Motorway