National Breed Show 2017

National Breed Show 2017
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Punchestown Racecourse,
Co. Kildare
Saturday September 2nd 2017




National Breed Show launch 2017

The National Show Committee would like to extend an invitation to all members of the Association to the launch of the 2017 National Show.

This is the 10th anniversary of the show, which we would like to celebrate. We would appreciate if you would let us know how many are interested in attending by Friday 28th July. Also if any members have photographs from previous shows or indeed any photos from the last 10 years of the Association they feel would be of interest, please ask them to bring them along on the night. As this is the 10th anniversary of the Assoication's National Breed Show we feel it is well worth celebrating & would love to see as many members there as possible on the night.

Launch Invite

Irish Horse Gateway National ID Performance Championship 

Final at IDHBA National Show Saturday Saturday September 2nd, Punchestown, County Kildare.

Horses must be pure-bred Irish Draughts (qualifiers will have passports inspected).
Horses must be 4 years old and over and ridden in snaffle bridles. Martingales are not permitted. 
The prerequisite for this class is jumping ability and technique, good conformation, good movement and the temperment to excel in a number of fields.  Entry to the final is €15. The top 3 horses qualify from each qualifier.

Launch of Irish Horse Gateway Performance Championship:
The launch took place at Thomastown Show, County Kilkenny on Sunday 30th April of the very popular Performance Irish Draught Championship. The national show committee were delighted to announce that Irish Horse Gateway is sponsoring this class again this year at the IDHBA National show. There are fourteen qualifiers taking place all over Ireland for this championship that is open to pure-bred Irish Draught mares, geldings and stallions 4 years old and upwards. With a generous prize fund of €950, prizes include €100 for the winning breeder, €100 for the highest placed 4yo and prize money from €250 to €50 for the first 6 horses in the ribbons. Speaking at the launch of this year's championship in Thomastown Show, Ms Elaine Hatton Director of Marketing in HSI and of Irish Horse Gateway said they were delighted to support this class again this year. Ms Hatton said the class is a great platform to show-case our Irish Draughts and promote them nationally. According to Ms Hatton there they are seeing an increasing demand through Irish Horse Gateway for nicely produced Irish Draughts. A full list of shows holding qualifiers this year can be found here.
New on the list of qualifiers this year is the Laois Branch Show on the 2nd July in Stradbally Hall and the Tattersalls July Show on the 22nd July.
Pictured in Thomastown are: Elaine Hatton, Irish Horse Gateway, presenting to first qualifier Brian Murphy on Sean Barker's Gortfree Lakeside Lad The 3


Thomastown Qualifiers: l-r Gareth Graham on Kilfane Rockie by The Bard, Patricia Molloy on Fintan by Fintan Himself & Brian Murphy on Gortfree Lakeside Lad by Gortfree Hero

Michael Murhphy presents Elaine Hatton with a copy of the IDHBA Yearbook
Joan Mahon Thomastown Show Committee, Gareth Graham Qualifier, Pat O'Sullivan IDHBA, Michael Kirwan IDHBA & Thomastown Show Committee, Elaine Hatton Irish Horse Gateway, Patricia Molloy Qualifier, Miriam O'Sullivan, Eiline Brennan & Michael Murphy National Show Committee.


Format for Final

Permitted Snaffles

Qualifying Shows

Gransha Show


Ardnacashel Equestrian


Northern Ireland Festival

22/23 Apr 17

Thomastown Agricultural Show


Wicklow Branch IDHBA Show


Armagh Agricultural Show


Gorey Agricultural Show


Charleville Show

24 & 25 June

Laois Branch Stradbally Hall


Loughrea Show


Wexford Summer Show


Tattersalls July Show

22/23 July

Tullow Agricultural Show