Cork / Kerry Branch

Branch Secretary

Mrs. Kitty Cotter,
Tel: 023 8847742



IDHBA Cork/Kerry Branch
Mixed Horse & Pony Sale
Monday October 25th 2021
at 11am
Ballybrack Equestrian Centre, Glenville, Co. Cork
Catalogue will be published online on 18th October.
Numbers limited to 50 entries.

Showing classes for foals commence at 11am. Sale starts at 12 noon.


Cork / Kerry Branch
Horse and Pony Sale
Sunday October 21st 2018

Ballybrack Equestrian Centre, Glenville
Exit 17 (Watergrasshill)
Showing classes for foals at 11am
Sale starts at 12 noon
Entriesclose Friday October 5th



Cork / Kerry Branch
Irish Draught and Mixed Horse Sale
Irish Draughts, Sport Horses & Ponies
Showing Classes for Foals

Sunday October 22nd 2017
Ballybrack Equestrian Centre, Glenville, Co. Cork
Starting at 11 am

Watergrasshill Exit off Cork/Dublin Motorway
Closing Date for Entries October 1st

Enquiries to: Kitty on 086-2782413 or Deirdre on 087-4157557


Conditions of Sale



Cork / Kerry Branch
Irish Draught and Mixed Horse Sale
Irish Draughts, Sport Horses & Ponies
Showing Classes for Foals

Sunday October 16th 2016
Ballybrack Equestrian Centre, Glenville, Co. Cork
Starting at 11 am

Watergrasshill Exit off Cork/Dublin Motorway
Closing Date for Entries October 1st

Enquiries to: Kitty on 086-2782413 or Deirdre on 087-4157557

Entry Form

Conditions of Sale


Cork / Kerry Branch
Irish Draught and Mixed Horse Sale
Irish Draughts, Sport Horses & Ponies
Showing Classes for Foals

Sunday November 1st 2015
Ballybrack Equestrian Centre, Glenville, Co. Cork
Starting at 11 am

Watergrasshill Exit off Cork/Dublin Motorway
Closing Date for Entries Tuesday October 27th
Entry Form

sale 2015

Conditions Of Sale


April 2012

The Cork / Kerry Branch wishes to thank all those who supported their recent Training & Information Afternoon, particulary those who travelled long distances. They would also like to thank the O'Donoghue family for the use of their fantastic facilities at Ballybrack Equestrian Centre.

Please go to the Gallery Page to see a small selection of photos from the day.

Training Afternoon

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National Awards Banquet

Saturday November 5th 2011
Celtic Ross Hotel
Rosscarbery, Co. Cork

The Cork/Kerry Branch hosted our hugely successful Awards Banquet in the Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery on November 5th 2011.

In addition to the national awards, a number of branch awards were presented on the night. These were as follows:

Service to the Breed
Our first branch award winner is a lifelong supporter and breeder of Irish Draughts. Sam Kingston from Carrigbawn, Drinagh has bred and shown many quality Irish Draught mares over the years.

In 1966, he bred the Irish Draught Stallion “Carrigbawn Lad” by Gortlee out of “Irish Sunset” by “Irish Pearl”. Carrigbawn Lad is best known as the sire of the outcross stallion “Moorpark Boy” who stood in Co. Wicklow. In 1974, Irish Sunset produced a filly foal by the renowned sire, Ben Purple who stood with the late, great John McCarthy in Drimoleague. The filly, “Carrigbawn Colleen” went on to produce 3 Irish Draught stallions. These stallions were; “Riverbank” by “Kintara” who was exported to England, “Diamond King” and “Silver Glider” both by “The Conqueror”. All three stallions were bred by Daniel J. Crowley of Creaghbeg, who bought Carrigbawn Colleen from Sam.

Sam used some Thoroughbred blood over the years to maintain quality in his mares. His AID mare, “Sunset Girl” by “Amazon” produced his successful show mare, Carrigbawn Doll by Red Hackle.

In recent years, Sam’s son, Jim has carried on the tradition, showing Carrigbawn Sunset and Carrigbawn Lynoy, both of whom were All-Ireland reserve champions in Ballinasloe and Roscommon.

Sam Kingston never misses a show in West Cork and he has attended Dunmanway Show every year for the last 63 years. We congratulate Jim on this well deserved award.

Young Irish Draught Show Person of the Year

This award is given to encourage our young members to become interested in the Irish Draught Breed by exhibiting Irish Draughts at our local shows and beyond. One such young man who has made a name for himself as a force to be reckoned with in our show rings in 2011 is Sean O’Donovan. Sean comes from Gortnamona, Schull in very West Cork. He comes from a background of producing traditional breeds, as Gortnamona Shorthorn Cattle have an outstanding reputation around the country.

Sean’s parents, Jim and Linda, have instilled an interest in showing and producing the best in Sean.

Sean has always been in the rosettes during the year. He has won numerous prizes with the RID mare, Bruhenny Colleen, owned by Bobby Cleary. He has also had a great year with his three year old Ghareeb son, Mr. Darcy, who is out of the Irish Draught mare, Tully’s Kimberly. Sean is committed to traditional Irish breeding and is always presented to the highest standard in the show ring.

Representing Kerry as an IDHBA Judge

Co. Kerry has a very proud tradition of breeding Irish Draught horses and has been home to many good Irish Draught sires over the years, from Inisfree, Shandrum Prince, Kylemore and Heather Breeze to the more recent performance sires Creggan Diamond and Glidawn Diamond.

The Kerry members of the Cork / Kerry Branch are among the most active and loyal members in the branch, never missing meetings or branch events. Tonight, we wish to honour one of our Kerry neighbours, Kevin Knightly who is the first Kerry man to successfully complete the complete the IDHBA judges course and become the first Kerry representative on the Irish Draught Judges List.

Master Farrier

As most of you will know, the majority of horses born in Co. Cork are born almost perfect – not unlike the people. But every so often, there is an odd foal born that needs the services of a skilled farrier to keep them straight. We are blessed in the Cork / Kerry branch to have such a skilled person among our membership. Mossie Fitzpatrick, from Kanturk is a gold medal winning Master Farrier who has been correcting and shoeing Irish Draught horses in Cork and Kerry for decades.

A good farrier is a vital cog in the wheel of any successful stud or show yard. We all know that all you have to do is mention the word “show” for every horse in the yard to go lame. Mossie is in demand at all hours of the day and night, often on short notice. He is a genuine craftsman and a gentleman, and the branch would like to present him with a token of our appreciation for his many years of service to the breeders of Cork and Kerry.

Consistent Breeding and Dedication to The Irish Draught Breed

Sean Scannell has made a national name for himself in recent years as a serious Irish Draught breeder. Sean’s foals have consistently topped Cavan Irish Draught sales; including his 2009 “Goldsmith Country Hosanna” by Coolcronan Wood who was reserve champion at the this years’ ISA All Ireland final in Limerick.

Sean also bred the Silver Merit Class 1 ID stallion, Crystal Crest, by Coolcronan Wood out of Derrynasaggart Queen by Mountain View. Crystal Crest was approved as Class 1 in March 2011 and has since been purchased by an American syndicate, who hope to continue the stallion’s jumping career in the US.

Sean also had a very successful year with his filly foal, by the RDS Champion sire, Welcome Diamond, who had multiple wins this year, including reserve filly foal in the ISA Munster Region Celtic Ross ID Foal Final at Bantry Show. The filly went on to be one of the top prices filly foals at recent Cavan sales.

Sean is a true Irish Draught man and a great supporter of shows and events in Cork and Kerry. We wish him continued success and good luck with his Irish Draught breeding programme.

Outstanding Success at the RDS Horse Show

West Cork has always been famous for producing quality Irish Draught mares like Budrameen Lass, Bawnlahan Beauty, Silver and Enniskeane Countess to name but a few. Flying the flag over the past decade has been “Gairdin Mor Silver”, owned by Thomas Nyhan of Gairdin Mor in Ballineen and bred by his sister Helen O’Driscoll, who needs no introduction around these parts. “Gairdin Mor Silver” is by Fast Silver out of “Gairdin Mor Duchess” by Golden Warrior. Gairdin Mor Duchess was purchased by Helen as a two year old from Billy Cotter in Enniskeane.

Gairdin Mor Silver has been a consistent performer at the RDS for Thomas and Helen every time she has been presented. In 2006, she won the senior Irish Draught mare class and was reserve RID mare. In 2007, she was reserve in the senior Irish Draught mare class and went on to stand reserve champion mare. In 2008, she again won her class and was reserve champion mare.

Not only has she been an outstanding show mare, for the Nyhans, she has also been a consistent brood mare, producing top quality filly foals. The Nyhans won have won the ID filly foal class at the RDS in 2006 and 2007 with Gairdin Mor’s two daughters by Coolcronan Wood. They have also won both the Celtic Ross Hotel Munster final and the Ballinasloe All Ireland final with her filly foals.

In 2011, her half bred half-bred filly by the west Cork-based RDS Champion Thoroughbred stallion, Painter’s Row, won the half-bred foal class at the RDS. The pair went on to be reserve champions in the West Cork Horse Breeders Progeny Final in Craanmore Stud in September.

Outstanding Service through Sponsorship and Breeding

The success of the Irish Draught Breed and our National Breed Shows and ISA All Ireland Championships is no small part due to the generosity and commitment of our many sponsors throughout the country. Without financial support, our shows and championships would not survive. One such generous sponsor is Gearoid Wycherley, proprietor of this fine hotel.

Gearoid has been quietly supporting the Irish Draught horse for many years. Gearoid was a sponsor at the very first National Irish Draught breed show, held in Suma Stud, Navan, Co. Meath in 1985. Practically every year since, Gearoid, through his businesses, has sponsored Irish Draught classes at either local or national level.  Gearoid’s most high profile sponsorship is that of the Celtic Ross Munster Region ISA Irish Draught Foal Finals held at Bantry show each year. Gearoid has contributed thousands of euro towards sponsorship of Irish Draught classes over the years and has never sought any personal acclaim for his valuable contribution.

Gearoid’s commitment to the breed does not stop at sponsorship. He is an accomplished breeder in his own right. In 2001, Geaoroid bred the RDS Champion Irish Draught filly foal, by Fast Silver out of his mare “Camp Hill Lady” by Creggan Diamond, who was bred by the O’Donoghue family in Passage West. In 2006, Gearoid was reserve in the colt foal class at the RDS with “Pembroke Royal Blue” by Penmerryl’s Rhythm and Blues out of Camp Hill Lady. “Pembroke Royal Blue” was exported to England, where he is now a fully approved RID stallion.

Stallion Master’s Award

Meelin Stud, owned by Paddy and Susan McCarthy, in Bandon, Co. Cork is as well recognised in the Thoroughbred world as it is in Irish Draught circles. Paddy was an accomplished jockey before he moved to Bandon, riding more than 100 winners. After he retired from the saddle, he quickly became established as a race horse trainer in West Cork, enjoying a great deal of success.

Paddy and Susan McCarthy became well known in the Irish Draught world when they stood the very successful grey stallion, Fast Silver for his owner Elizabeth Deane. Fast Silver, by Silver Hunter out of the famous show mare Fast Woman, had some of his most successful seasons while standing at Meelin Stud. He was shown at the RDS by Paddy on 3 occasions, coming 4th on his first outing in 2002 and 3rd in 2003 and 2005. Fast Silver produced a string of quality Irish Draught mares including Gairdin Mor Silver, Rineen Silver, Ellistown Nell, Carrigbawn Diamond, Fast Rose and many others. He is also the sire of Tipperary Laidham, the US-based 4 star eventer.

While standing at Meelin Stud, Fast Silver sired the RID stallion Cappa Cochise, who went on to be twice reserve champion stallion at the RDS for his owner, Jimmy Quinn. Fast Silver also sired the multiple show winning gelding, Rochestown Amoroso.

Paddy and Susan’s current Irish Draught sire, Penmerryl’s Rhythm and Blues, is by the world-famous sire, Touch of the Blues, out of True Belle by Snowford Bellman. Penmerryl’s Rhythm and Blues is stamping his stock and already has one RID stallion son, Pembroke Royal Blue, who stands in England.

Paddy has been a tireless worker for the Irish Draught in his many roles as a judge, a stallion master, inspector, Horse Board Director and Governing Body Officer. He is the current chairman of the Cork/Kerry branch and the success of tonight is in no small part due to his and Susan’s hard work over the past weeks and months.

Special Presentation

National Chairman, Kevin Croke, also made a special presentation on the night to Billy Cotter, founder member of the Irish Druaght Horse Society.

  Branch Award Winners
Branch Award Recipients 2011
Back Row l-r: Helen O'Driscoll, Thomas Nyhan, Sean O'Donovan
Middle Row l-r: Gearoid Wycherly, Paddy McCarthy, Kevin Knightly
Front Row l-r: Jim Kingston, Billy Cotter, Sean Scannell
  Master Farrier
Recipient of the Master Farrier Award, Mossie Fitzpatrick, pictured with his wife Esther