Studbook and Inspections

Breeding Policy for the Irish Draught Horse Studbook 2010

Horse Sport Ireland launched a new breeding policy for the Irish Draught Horse Studbook in March 2010. This is a summary of the policy prepared by the Irish Draught Horse Breeders Association for its members. The full breeding policy can be obtained from Horse Sport Ireland

Breeding Objective
To breed Irish Draught horses with conformation, movement and temperament that conforms to the breed standard, which will make good quality, sound and versatile horses

Breed Description
The Irish Draught horse is a versatile, powerful and athletic animal with substance and quality. It has a pleasant head, good bone and a short shin, good spring of rib, strong loins, and hindquarter sand an active powerful stride. Known for its good temperament, docility and willing nature, it has a robust constitution and is inherently sound. The Irish Draught horse is a foundation breed that, when crossed with other breeds, will produce all types of leisure and performance horses.

Sections of the Irish Draught Studbook
There are two sections in the Irish Draught Horse Studbook, (i) the Main Section and (ii) the Supplementary Section

(i) The Main Section
The Main Section is divided into four classes namely Class 1, Class 2, Class 3 and Class 4

Class 1
Horses that meet the official veterinary examination criteria and pass the official breed standard inspection are classified in Class 1

Class 2
Horses that meet the official veterinary examination criteria but have not passed the official breed standard inspection are classified in Class 2

Class 3
Horses that do not meet the official veterinary criteria are classified in Class 3

Class 4
All foals that are eligible for registration in the Irish Draught Horse Studbook are classified in Class 4

(ii) The Supplementary Section
The Supplementary Section is a grading up register. Irish Sport Horse mares with a small portion of either thoroughbred, Irish Sport Horses with native blood only or Connemara blood that meet the inspection criteria will be classified in the Supplementary Section. The aim of the Supplementary Section is to strengthen some characteristics of animals in the Main Section as well as adding some genetic diversity

Mares may be entered in the Supplementary section subject to them meeting the following requirements

  1. bullet Be identified according to the ISH Studbook rules
    bullet Be judged to conform to the ID breed standard at inspection
    bullet The pedigree must:
    1. Be classified in the ISH studbook
    2. Have one parent classified in the Irish draught Studbook as Class 1 and one parent registered in the Main Section of the Irish Sport Horse Studbook
    3. Have three grandparents classified as Class 1 in the Irish Draught Horse Studbook and one grand parent classified in the Main Section of the Irish Sport Horse Studbook as a Thoroughbred, Connemara Pony or Irish Sport Horse with recorded pedigree of Thoroughbred/Irish Draught/ Connemara Pony

 

Eligibility Criteria for Reclassification
Horses registered in Class 4 of the Main Section of the studbook that are eligible for inspection for reclassification include the progeny of Class 1 and Class 2 stallions and mares.
The progeny of Class 1 and Class 2 stallions and Supplementary Registered mares are eligible for inspection for reclassification
The progeny of Classes 3 and 4 stallions and mares are not eligible for inspection and will remain in Class 4.
The progeny of Classes 3 and 4 stallions and Supplementary Registered mares are not eligible for inspection for reclassification into the Main Section. They will be registered in the Irish Sport Horse Studbook as Sport Horses.

Merit Awards
Class 1 stallions and mares are eligible to receive Gold, Silver and Bronze merit awards
The merits will be awarded under the Horse Sport Ireland Affiliated body rules for each discipline or under specific rules.
Stallions and mares achieve merit awards with the various disciplines of show jumping, dressage, eventing, driving, endurance, riding and in hand showing. They must meet the criteria outlined within that specific discipline. They can achieve merits in more than one discipline.
Show jumping, eventing and dressage performance outside Ireland will be considered as long as it can be verifiable.
The performance of progeny of Class 1 stallions and mares will also be counted towards awards for their sire and dam.
The Merits will be applied by the Studbook on receipt of applications with proof of achievement.

 

Transitional Arrangements
The transitional arrangements for horses classified in the Irish Draught Studbook prior to April 2010 are

Stallions

 

Classification prior to April 2010

New Classification

RID

Class 1

ID S1

Class 2 *

ID S2

Class 3

 

 

*   These stallions will be given the opportunity to be inspected to upgrade to Class 1. They will not undergo a veterinary examination unless the stallion has an obvious veterinary condition.

Mares, colts and geldings

 

Classification prior to April 2010

New Classification

RID Elite mare

Class 1 ‘Gold’

RID Premier mare

Class 1 ‘Bronze

RID

Class 1

ID

Class 4

AID mare

Supplementary Section

 

 

 

For additional information, click on the links below:

 

HSI Irish Draught Breeding Policy

Inspection Guidelines