Welcome to the webiste 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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Patrons' Draw 2015

Tickets available from branch reps or direct from the office.
Support your Association and have a chance of winning each month during 


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.

Endurance AwArd

Congratulations to Sam Linton, Laois Branch member receiving he award at the Endurance Ireland Awards Dinner.


Sam's horse is Ballycoolan Hero a 16HH Crannagh Hero gelding. Apart from a series of other rides he qualified to go Open by completing two 64 Km (40 miles) rides the second one at one at 14 KPH. He completed over 250 competitive miles this year. He was second to David Cosby on Ballycrean Minerva at the National Championships for ID horses. He was bred by Gordon and Vivienne Bradley from Ballycoolan Stradbally and was originally hunted by Ken Bryan.


National Breed Show 2014 - Saturday August 2nd

Our most sincere thanks to everyone who supported our show, despite the inclement weather conditions!

Dubarry Presentation

Paul Corson, Dubarry of Ireland, presenting Valerie Davis a pair dubarry boots as Breeder of the Supreme Champion at Irish Draught Horse Breeders Association National Show.
Our sincere thanks to Dubarry for this fantastic prize.


2014 YearBook

The 2014 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.



Irish Draught Horse Breeders Association ''Regatta Professional'' SoftShell Navy Crested Jacket in Size, S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL, 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.

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Recent Show Jumping Success

Please click here to read about recent part-bred Irish Draught successes in show-jumping.

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

Barnadown Hunter Spring Show
Gorey, Co Wexford
6 April 2015
will include an Irish Draught Working Hunter Class
as well as special rosettes for the highest placed Irish Draught in Class 1 and 5.
or phone Kirsteen 0871860662
Laois Eventing & Endurance Day
Sunday April 12th
Stradbally Hall
Entry forms will be available from the 24th Mar at laoisidhba@gmail.com
Endurance will also be by pre entry contact endurancesecretary@gmail.com
Details on Facebook Page
Teagasc, in association with the Kilkenny Irish Draught Horse Breeders Association, are holding a demonstration night on loose jumping and linear scoring of horses at Kildalton college on Thursday the 16th of April
starting at 7.30pm.
Declan McArdle (Teagasc equine specialist) along with Michael Kirwan (Horse Sport Ireland mare and stallion inspector) will discuss training the young horse for loose jumping and also linear score a selection of horses for conformation and athleticism traits.
This is an excellent opportunity for anyone wishing to develop their skills in training and assessing horses conformation and athleticism.
For further details contact Declan McArdle on 0876831876
Sunday 19th April
Abbeyleix Manor Hotel, Abbeyleix
All paid up members welcome.
There are only two venues for the spring mare inspections: 20th April: Warrington Eq. Centre, Kilkenny
22nd April: Galway Eq. Centre, Galway
Forms are available on the HSI website.
Wicklow Branch Show
13th June
at Boswell Equestrian Centre
Schedule to follow
Gorey Agricultural Show
takes place in Clonattin, Gorey
Saturday 20 June 2015
and will include a full schedule of Irish Draught classes including brood mares and foals, young stock and a ridden class.
or phone Miriam 087 6232068
National Breed Show 2015
New date and venue.
Mark your Diaries!
Punchestown Racecourse,
Co. Kildare
Saturday August 29th 2015

Please check our calendar for all upcoming events.