Aims of The Association

The objectives for which the association is established are:

bullet To promote, preserve and endeavour to improve all that is best in the breeding, rearing and sale of Irish Draught Horses.
bullet To encourage and assist those interested in the promotion, breeding, preservation and improvement of the Irish Draught Horse, particularly breeders and owners.
bullet To advertise, convene and hold meetings, have film shows, arrange television and radio broadcasts, provide for and obtain sponsors and sponsorships, encourage classes with prizes, prize money, cups and trophies at agricultural shows and otherwise throughout the country, arrange for the holding of stallion and other parades at shows, arrange for the sale of Irish Draught Horses, produce booklets/books on the history and achievements of the Irish Draught Horse, and provide productions, whether in book form or otherwise on the objectives and aims of the association.
bullet To be an all inclusive association, with equal rights and representation for all members, regardless of their jurisdiction or place of residence.
bullet To publish and maintain the breed standard definition and description for the Irish Draught Horse. To protect the standard of the breed by ensuring that the only inspections carried out in any part of the world for acceptance into the breed register or studbook shall be carried out by persons who are authorised and approved to judge Irish Draught Horses in accordance with these rules.
bullet To encourage the continued improvement and upgrading of the Irish Draught Horse by advocating careful selection of mares and stallions, which conform to the breed standard description and definition.
bullet To train and appoint a panel of judges, selected for their interest in and knowledge of the Irish Draught Horse and its breed standard description and definition.
bullet To maintain at all times an updated list of approved judges and have the same available for any show, committee or otherwise, concerned or interested in the wellbeing and upkeep of the standards of the Irish Draught Horse.
bullet To provide for the setting up of and maintaining branches, wherever the association determines there are sufficient numbers of members to warrant the setting up of a branch in an area.
  1. To do all that is necessary to promote the sales of Irish Draught horses both in Ireland and abroad.
  2. To encourage and help all concerned in the introduction of a code of conduct with guidelines for competition, and determine a policy and standard for the wellbeing, on a national and international scale, of the industry related to or connected with the breeding, maintaining, keeping, use and sale of Irish Draught horses, and to arrange such events and undertakings as are necessary in the interest of the association.
bullet To advise the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, or appropriate government departments, on matters concerning Irish Draught breeding.
bullet To seek the co-operation of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, and / or appropriate government departments, Horse Sport Ireland, and relevant bodies, with a view to promoting the aims of the association.
bullet If, upon the winding up or dissolution of the association, there remains, after satisfaction of all its debts and liabilities, any property/assets whatsoever, there shall be a general meeting of the association to decide on the distribution of these assets.
bullet To carry out Irish Draught Horse Breed Inspections, under licence from the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.
bullet To carry out breed-specific training through seminars and demonstrations.