Welcome to the website of the Irish Draught Horse Breeders Assoication. This site is intended to be a valuable resource for members, breeders and enthusiasts. We aim to cover a wide range of topics relating to the Irish Draught Horse and our association, which endeavours to promote and protect our national breed. Please check back regularly to keep up to date with upcoming events and information. We also invite members to share their successes and their love of the Irish Draught with us. Don't forget that you can also make use of our website to advertise branch events, horses for sale and Irish Draught stallions at stud.

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Inspection Review

A reminder that the deadline for submissions on whether there should continue to be inspections for ISH and/or IDs in Ireland is JANUARY 11th. Please send to adoran@horsesportireland.ie and cc to gerry.greally@agriculture.gov.ie

PLEASE RESEND anything you sent in for the November 27th meeting as there is no guarantee they will be forwarded into the review process.

Awards 2015

The Kilkenny Branch would like to thank everyone who attended the Awards Night, particularly those who made the long journey from the north of Ireland, and guests from the USA.

Gift Idea

Irish Hunter Book

Noel Mullins has recently released his new book titled ‘The Irish Hunter'
"This latest book is a pictorial portfolio of some 500 images of more than 60 hunting packs taken in his travels in Ireland and abroad over the last 20 years. They illustrate the exceptional ability of this marvelous horse though over 200 jumping images tackling a wide variety of natural cross country fences..."
"In the introduction the author looks at how horses originated in Ireland from wild horses 28,000 years ago to domesticated horses circa 2,400 BC, and some of the various breeds of horses that graced the Irish countryside in the meantime."
Books also by Noel Mullins – ‘Horse Tales & Hunt Talk’, and ‘The Origins of Irish Horse Fairs & Horse Sales’. To Order Online – www.noelmullins.com

National Breed Show

Our sincere thanks to all our sponsors, exhibitors, volunteers and supporters who helped to make our 2015 National Breed Show such a resounding success.

Wicklow Branch Show


Supreme champion Bannvalley Mandolin, owned and bred by Miriam and Pat O'Sullivan


2015 YearBook

The 2015 Yearbook is currently being distributed to members through their branch secretaries. If you would like to get a copy, you can also purchase this, along with older editions in our new Web Shop. Secure Payments via Paypal.

2015 Yearbook

RDS 2015

Champ and Reserve
Champion and Reserve Champion Stallions
Cappa Cochise & Cappa Aristocrat
with owners, Jimmy & Edel Quinn (Cappa Stud)
and handlers Seamus Sloyan and John Keane

More photos and results.


Patrons' Draw 2015

A small number of tickets still available from the office.
Support your Association and have a chance of winning each month!


Congratulations to the August winners of the Patrons Draw
1: Aine Donnelly (Leitrim)
2: Damian McDonald (Kildare)
3: Bob Hare (Dublin)
Another seven chances to be a winner.....
There are still a few tickets left for anyone interested in being in with a chance for the next 8 months! Contact the office idhba@eircom.net if you would like to purchase one.


Task Force Report

The Horse Sport Ireland led task force on the future breeding policy for the Irish Draught has published its findings.
Download the full report here.


Irish Draught Horse Breeders Association ''Regatta Professional'' SoftShell Navy Crested Jacket in Sizes L and XL for Sale in our online shop.  
Ideal for the working out door person.  
Shower Proof, Wind Repellent, Breathable Light Weight easy clean Jacket,  
all for €45.00 plus P&P.  
Jackets can also be ordered through your branch.

More Photos

Equine Premises Registration

It will now be a legal requirement that any premises where an equine is kept be registered with the Department of Agriculture. This is compulsory, so please make yourself familiar with the new guidelines.
Click here for FAQs and Application Form.

Please note: Following a meeting between a number of equestrian bodies (including HSI & ISA) and the department of Agriculture, some changes have been made to the form and some questions have been removed.




Please send your Diary Dates to the secretariat idhba@eircom.net

Call for Yearbook material!
Have you and your Irish Draught done something special during 2015?
Please share it with us in our yearbook.
Send all articles, branch reports and photos to the office via email: idhba@eircom.net
By January 20th 2016
The date of the 2016 national show has been announced. Mark your diaries:
** 27th August in Punchestown**

Please check our calendar for all upcoming events.