Athlone Show Hall of fame awards 2011
IDHBA Recipient - Roy Butler

  Annaghdown Star
Annaghdown Star RID


Roy has been in horses all his life and been breeding Irish Draughts for over twenty five years. The first Irish Draught mare he owned was a mare by Flagmount Boy called Skehanore lady whose dame Skeahanore Princess was saved from a factory lorry in Co. Cork, such was the plight of the herd then.  Skehanore Lady bred the international show jumper Flash La Silla, by Ginger Dick, who jumped at two Olympic games an represented Mexico on numerous occasions.  She also bred the all Ireland colt foal champion by Western Light in 1989, who was also exported to Mexico.

In the mid 90’s Roy brought the renowned stallion Annaghdown Star  to the Shamrock Stud.  He was purchased to stop him being exported.
This move proved to be a blessing in disguise for the breeders of Irish Draughts in Ireland as his progeny has went onto win major championships the length and breadth of Ireland, England and America. Although Star died last year, he still holds the record in the R.I.D stallion class at the RDS having being champion three times and reserve champion twice.

During Roy’s time breeding and being involved with the Irish Draught Horse Society, he has served as treasurer and chairman of the Northern Ireland branch.  He was then elected onto the governing body of the society and was subsequently elected as chairman of the national body, a position he held for three years.  It was during his administration that the society transformed itself into the body that we now recognise today.  Some of the most striking changes that took place was the formal training of judges for the society and the recognition of the role the Geldings played in making the breed as dynamic as it is. Geldings could be inspected and receive the title R.I.D.  One major initiative of that administration was the presentation of an RID gelding, on behalf of the society, to the newly formed Garda mounted unit at their headquarters in Phoenix Park, attended by Mary McAleese, President of Ireland.  This incentive proved to be a real winner for the Irish Draught breeders as from then on the Garda mounted units policy was to take only full bred Irish Draughts or part bred Irish Draughts.

Roy still plays an active part in all things to do with the Irish Draught and is a full supporter of the Irish Draught Breeders Association.