Athlone Show Hall of fame awards 2016
IDHBA Recipient - David Cosby

Hall of Fame


David Cosby became National President of the Irish Draught Horse Breeders Association in 2015, stepping into the shoes of the late Timmy Sullivan, a former recipient of this award.
David Ashwort Sidney Philips Cosby to give him his full title was immersed in horses from an early age with his father Major Ashwort Cosby being the Master of the Laois Hounds and his mother Enid being a well known producer of both Arab and Welsh Mountain ponies. As a young boy he helped his mother in the management, production and showing of these ponies. This was a love he would continue to develop in later life. Married to Judith in 1974 they purchased their first ID mare.
David is well-known in the Irish Draught world both in Ireland and the UK. A thorough gentleman, he is never seen without a smile on his face. He is completely dedicated to the preservation and promotion the Irish Draught horse. Before performance testing was ever mentioned by the “powers that be”, David was doing it the old-fashioned way, working his Irish Draught horses on the farm and riding them with the hounds. He remembers well the decline in the breed following the advent of mechanisation on farms and was instrumental in establishing a breed society in GB. David was the first Chairman of the British Irish Draught Horse Society. Without people like David, we could be talking about the Irish Draught as a historical footnote. The first Irish Draught Inspections in GB were held at David’s farm in 1979. One of the inspectors, the late Billy Cotter, spoke of his first trip across the water with great fondness, with the highlights being calving a cow and seeing a reversible plough, in addition to the business of the Irish Draughts. Multitasking is not a new invention. Understandably, David was somewhat dismayed by the recent decision to suspend inspections, being a firm believer in the importance of the inspection process to preserve the breed standard.
David purchased his first mare Old Grange Lady by the King of Diamonds and has her descendants to this day.  Along the way David bought the young 3 yr old colt by Bahalawn colt that was to be known as Clonfert. Unique in that he (Clonfert) was approved in Ireland and then approved in England and was also approved by The Hunter Improvement Society for their stallion roster.  Clonfert was later to become the RDS Champion Stallion and was also Champion at the IDHS National Show in Navan.  He now appears in the dam line of many successful mares. Clonfert was hunted, carted and evented by David including a spin around the Punchestown event course.
Currently David has a rising star in Ballycreen Minerva who has been champion at Gorey Show, hunts and was the Irish Draught National Endurance Champion in both 2014 and 2015 with exception veterinary perameters and a speed of 16KPH which is no mean feat. Many a younger man on a sportier breed would struggle to achieve this.
Like most David has diversed into some half bred breeding and has been very successful producing International Eventers like Ballycreen Mi Lord.
David processes a wonderful wealth of knowledge of old bloodlines and has a fantastic collection of photographs, documenting his journey with the Irish Draught, which he kindly shares with visitors to the IDHBA stand at the RDS each Summer, along with the odd rose from his garden for the ladies.
David is the current chairperson of the Laois branch of the IDHBA, and is responsible for driving many of the performance initiatives within the branch. He has as Chairman of Laois has overseen theestablishment of a  world first of having a dedicated One Day Event for Irish Draughts, held at his ancestral home of Stradbally Hall this is a well supported and liked part of the IDHBA calendar. An independent thinker David continues to work for the good of the Irish Draught breed.
The Irish Draught Horse Breeders Association is delighted to nominate David for this award for his long-standing service to the association and the breed and wishes him many more years of enjoyment of the Irish Draught.