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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Hall Of Fame Award 2017

Congratulations to Kitty Cotter,
our 2017 recipient of the National Hall of Fame Award.
Pictured here receiving her award from Aogán Ó Fearghail, preident of the GAA.

hall of fame

Stallion Auction 2017

The IDHBA would like to thank the owners of these stallions for their kind generosity and those who placed bids.




Mare Inspections Spring 2017

Mare inspections will go ahead in Spring 2017 under the existing rules.
This is to facilitate the members of the Equine Knowledge Transfer Scheme, but inpections are open to all.
Application Forms available here.


IDHBA Awards 2016

The Association wishes to congratulate the recipients of this year's awards and thank all of those who supported what was a wonderful evening. Special thanks to the Cork/Kerry Branch for hosting the awards and to our guest speaker, Pat Corbet, President of the Irish Shows Association.
Details of Awards Recipients & Photos

2017 YearBook

The 2017 Yearbook is now available. Books will be distributed free to members.
If you would like to get a copy, you can also purchase this, along with older editions in our Web Shop.
Secure Payments via Paypal.


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.

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

Wicklow Branch Irish Draught Show
Monday (Bank Holiday) 5th June
in Spruce Lodge,
Redcross, Co. Wicklow.
Prize Schedule & Entry Form
Laois Branch One Day Event
21st May
@ 11am
Stradbally Hall
Entry Form and Information
Entries close Tiesday May 16th

Hosted by the Kildare Branch
At: Ballyteage Stables
Thurs 1st June - Flatwork @ 7pm
Thurs 8th June - Jumping @ 7pm
Details and how to book - click here.
Gorey Agricultural Show, Clonattin, Gorey.
17th June
€1500 prize fund in ID section, ridden, breeding and youngstock classes included in schedule.
Enquiries: Miriam 087 6232068
2nd July
Laois Branch Show
IDHBA Breed Show 2017
2nd September
Visit Show Page for Details
Cork / Kerry Branch
Ballybrack Equestrian Centre
Glenville, Co. Cork
(Watergrasshill Exit on Dublin Motorway)

Please check our calendar for all upcoming events.