2012 IDHBA National Awards

The 2012 Annual Awards night and banquet was hosted by the Leitrim branch. It was held in the Bush Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim.
It was a great success, with approximately 200 people making the trip to lovely Leitrim.

National Award Recipients

Leading Performance Irish Draught Gelding 2012 - Fintan Flannelly's Shining Sea

The association wishes to recognise the importance of competing and performing our Irish Draughts under saddle. We want to encourage more people to break their horses and compete on them, because there is a growing demand for ridden Irish Draughts particularly geldings. This year, we honour the Irish Draught Gelding “Shinning Sea” who is the 2012 “Performance Irish Draught Champion” RDS Champion. This year the “Performance Irish Draught” class had 36 entries which were divided into two groups by age. At just 5 years old “Shinning Sea” won the young division and went on to take the overall Championship. “Shinning Sea” has had a fantastic year at riding club level Kilcarrick Riding Club, rider Nicola Perrin. His achievements at riding club and county show level include:
Riding Club

- Boswell;     1st Heavy/Middle Weight, 1ST Open Working Hunter, Working Hunter Champion, Overall Reserve Champion

- Kilmessen; 2nd Open Working Hunter

- Tara Hill;    2nd Section B Derby, 2nd Section B Showjumping

- Kilronan;    1st Section B Derby

County Shows

- Gorey;       1st Working Hunter

- Oldcastle; 2nd Open Working Hunter & Reserve Champion

- Wicklow Branch IDHBA Irish Draught Show; 1st 4&5 yr old Ridden Irish Draught,
3rd Working Hunter Class,
Champion Ridden and Supreme Campion of the Show.


Fintan FlannellyFintan Flannelly receiving his award from Paddy Joe Foy, National Chairman


Breeders Award for leading Irish Draught Mare 2012 - Seamus O'Brien

Each year the association wishes to recognise successful breeders and encourage them to continue breeding Irish Draughts.
This year the honour goes to local man Seamus O’Brien from Carrickfad who is the breeder of the 3 year old mare “Rosses Gentle Ruby”.
She is by “Gentle Diamond” out of the mare “Carrickfad Miss” by “Island King”. This young mare is owned by George Draper in County Sligo and in the hands of his daughter Jacqui had a fantastic year in the show ring.
She won the three year filly class at the National show in Mullingar, the filly championship, the young horse championship, the mare of the future championship and the Supreme championship of the show.
“Rosses Gentle Ruby” went on to be reserve champion at the ISA All Ireland 3 year old ID mare final in Bonnicolon show and was placed 3rd in a very strong young mare class at the RDS. They say lightening never strikes twice but Seamus is also the breeder of “The Kings Sister” who in the hands of Dermot O’Brien from Co. Limerick together with her twin foals was crowned 2007 National Show Champion.

  Sean O'Brien
Sean O'Brien receiving his award from Paddy Joe Foy, National Chairman


Irish Draught Sire Contribution to the Breed Award - Agherlow (Eamon & Gladys McArdle)

As is the nature of breeding horses it is often the case that a Stallion has reached his twilight years or is deceased before he becomes popular. One such Stallion who is sadly recently deceased is the horse “Agherlow” who stood with Eamon and Gladys McArdle in Drumhowan Stud Co.Monaghan for many years. “Agherlow” was bred in County Galway by Michael Burke. He was by “Grey Macha” out of “Sligo Star” by Dickie. He was true traditional stamp of an Irish Draught horse with bone and a lovely temperament which he passed on to all of his stock.
It is fitting that we should honour him in the year his daughter “Moylough Pearl” owned and produced by Pat Hoare from Moylough in County Galway was crowned the Champion Irish Draught mare at this years Dublin Horse Show. Agherlow’s progeny have been consistant winner in the show ring. Some of his other more recent success stories include:
• “Lady Stardust” owned by Sean Colhoun Co. Tyrone who was 2010 Nationl Show Young Horse Champion and 2011 RDS Yong mare winner.
• “Glensmill Miss J LO’S Silver Star” owned by Gillian Devenney Co. Donegal who was reserve in the filly foal class in the RDS, the Connaught FBD final and the ISA All Ireland Filly foal final in Ballinasloe in 2012.
• “Imelda Blue” owed by Robert and Valerie Davis who won the Yearling Filly class at the years National show in Mullingar.
• “Cappa Princess” owned by Jimmy Quinn of Cappa Stud who has multiple wins including All Ireland Champion Yearling in Roscommon and reserve in the Leitrim Breeders in 2010. She is this year’s champion mare in the Galway Branch mare and foal championship at Mountbellew show.

“Agherlow” is also the sire of the exported stallion “Inver Steel” and he is the dam sire of “Steeped In Luck” the Canadian based dressage stallion who has made it into the top 100 high performance list of horses in that country .

  Eamon & Gladys McArdle
Eamon & Gladys McArdle receiving their award Paddy Joe Foy, National Chairman


Young Exhibitor Award - Sharon Mannion

Every year the association tries to identify Young people who have made a mark on the show ring and have demonstrated an interest and a commitment to the Irish Draught Breed. This year’s winner comes from a family steeped in Irish Draught with many successes over the years. Sharon Mannion from Windgap Stud in Doon, Ballinahown, Co.Westmeath has had a very successful year showing Irish Draughts at local shows.

In her first year showing horses she was placed 2nd in the young handlers class at this years National Show and went on to win the Champion Irish Draught at Moate show.

  Sharon Mannion
Sharon Mannion receiving her award Paddy Joe Foy, National Chairman


Outstanding Service to the IDHBA - Norman Storey

Norman Storey from Piltown Co.Kilkenny is a household name in the Irish Draught world due to his many years of service as the secretary of the Kilkenny branch and his many contributions to various committees and publications over many years.
Norman has made a significant contribution to the Irish Draught Breed in his own right as he was in charge of the Irish Draught breeding programme in Kildalton College during the seventies and eighties which resulted in the successful performance stallions, Diamond Lad, Diamonds Are Trumps, Kildalton King, Glidawn Diamond and Kildalton Gold all being bred from the resident mare Kildalton Countess.
Tonight the association wants to pay particular tribute to Norman's contribution as editor of the annual yearbook which he has done free of charge for the association since 2007. Without his help there would be no yearbook which is given free to our members each year. It is very popular with our members and has helped maintain our membership over the years.
We could also give Norman and Liz the award for most consistent dancing couple since we began our awards nights in 2009.

  Norman Storey
Norman Storey receiving his award from Paddy Joe Foy, National Chairman


Life Long Contribution to the Irish Draught Breed - Michael Casey

The winner of this award truly has made a life long contribution to the breed and continues to do so.
Michael Casey and his wife Madge from Springfield, Mohill, Co Leitrim are known the length and breath of Ireland and beyond.
Micheal inherited his love of Irish Draughts from his late father. One of his first mares was “Springfield Daisy” by “Glengarriff” whom he once rode the 78 mile round trip to Roscommon to sell her foal. His next mare “Springfield Dawn” by “Achill” was invited to compete in the RDS in 1967 for the first running of the revived Irish Draught mare class. She finished reserve that day and went on to produce the stallion “The Galway Boy”. After “Springfield Dawn” Michael's next mare was “Springfield Star” by “Ben Purple”. She went on to produce two Stallions for Michael “Cummer Hero” by “Lahinch” and “Duleek Hero” by “Irelands Pride”. Micheal soon became known through the country as a shrewd Judge of Irish Draughts and Connemara ponies. As a Judge and an Inspector Michael has done countless miles in this country and beyond. Michael has judged in England, America and Canada as well as every part of Ireland. He is still a very active and highly respected judge and it fitting bestow a National Honour on a local Leitrim man as a small token of the association’s gratitude for his loyal service to the Irish Draught Breed.

  Michael Casey
Michael Casey receiving his award from Paddy Joe Foy, National Chairman


Promotion of the Irish Draught Breed - Quentin Doran O'Reilly

This postumous award was presented to recognise the lifelong commitment shown by Quentin Doran-O'Reilly to the promotion of the Irish horse and the Irish Draught breed. In his 46 years with the Irish Farmers' Journal, Quentin became the leading equestrian journalist in the country. He became a household name as the editor of the Irish Horse section in the Farmer's Journal and turned it from a "by-the-way" to a must read for every horse enthusiast.

His coverage of the horse industry was always delivered with impeccable accuracy and fairness, an unmistakeable wit and, most imporantly, unbridled enthusiasm for his subject.

It was with deep sadness that we learned of his passing in February and his loss will be felt by many on a professional and a personal level for many years to come.

The award was accepted on his behalf by his wife Noreen.

  Noreen Doran O'Reilly
Noreen Doran O'Reilly accepts to award on behalf of her late husband, Quentin, from Paddy Joe Foy, National Chairman.