IDHBA National Awards

Since 2009, the Irish Draught Horse Breeders Association has run an annual awards night and dinner dance. Branches take it in turns to host this event, which is a wonderful celebration of the Irish Draught Horse, its breeders and its producers. Click on the links below to find out about previous award winners.

National Awards 2017

Irish Draught Horse Breeders Association
Annual Awards 2017
Hosted by the Wicklow Branch
Saturday November 11th
At 7:30pm
In Lynhams of Laragh
Laragh, Co. Wicklow
Tickets €40 to include dinner, wine & free draw.
Music by "MOJO"
Tickets available from:
Alex Moores: 086 8079294
Damien Kenny: 087 6986216

The 2017 National Awards night will be hosted by the Wicklow Branch.

The aim of the awards is to reward our members who attend shows up and down the country. The more classes you win or are placed in the more points you accumulate.
The classes are for pure Irish draughts only. Qualifiers are not counted.

The winners of classes get 3 points, second will get 2 points and third will receive 1 point.
The awards are as follows:
Show Mare of the Year
Young Show Horse of the Year
Performance Horse of the Year
Young Show Person of the Year
Service to the Breed
You must be a fully paid up member of the Irish Draught Horse Breeders Association to receive points.

2009 - Westport, Co. Mayo

2010 - Abbeyleix, Co. Laois

2011 - Rosscarbery, Co. Cork

2012 - Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim

2013 - Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

2014 - Armagh

2015 - Kilkenny

2016 - Rosscarbery, Co. Cork


Athlone Show national Hall of Fame Awards

Each year, Athlone Agricultural Show Society invite Breed Societies from the Equine, Bovine and Ovine worlds to put forward nominees to be inducted to the Hall of Fame. These awards are presented at a gala evening held each May in Athlone. Since our formation, the IDHBA has put forward a nominee each year. Click on the links below to find out about the previous recipients.

2009 - Eddie Murphy

2010 - Timmy Sullivan

2011 - Roy Butler

2012 - John Allen

2013 - Micheál Casey

2014 - Edwin McLoughlin

2015 - Michael Swords

2016 - David Cosby

2017 - Kitty Cotter