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

The IDHBA is delighted to offer a wonderful selection of 50 stallions, mostly Irish Draughts, with a few select T.B.s, for our 2017 Stallion Auction. The IDHBA would like to thank the owners of these stallions for their kind generosity.
Minimum Bid is €150.
Completed bid forms MUST be returned to the office by Friday March 31st!




Mare Inspections Spring 2017

Mare inspections will go ahead in Spring 2017 under the existing rules.
This is to facilitate the members of the Equine Knowledge Transfer Scheme, but inpections are open to all.
Application Forms available here.


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

Irish Draught and Sport Horse Mare Inspections 2017
H.S.I. will run Spring Mare Inspections at a number of venues from March 28th to April 25th.
Closing date for applications is March 3rd.
Application forms are available from the HSI website.
Click here for application form and more information.
Closing date for bids: Friday March 31st


Irish Draught Horse Breeders Association AGM
Native Irish Draught Horse Company Limited by Guarantee (Company No.: 588974)
Abbeyleix Manor Hotel
9th April 2.30pm
Wicklow Branch Irish Draught Show
Monday (Bank Holiday) 5th June
in Spruce Lodge,
Redcross, Co. Wicklow.
21st May
Laois Branch One Day Event
Gorey Agricultural Show, Clonattin, Gorey.
17th June
€1500 prize fund in ID section, ridden, breeding and youngstock classes included in schedule.
Enquiries: Miriam 087 6232068
2nd July
Laois Branch Show
IDHBA Breed Show 2017
2nd September

Please check our calendar for all upcoming events.