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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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 Raffle Result

Draw took place at the national show.
1st Prize: €500 Catherine Farrell, Co.Laois
2nd Prize:€300 Ellen Walton, UK
3rd Prize: €200 Eddie Meehan, Co.Sligo
Congratulations to all the winners!

National Breed Show - 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.



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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.

2013 National Awards

The Donegal Branch of the IDHBA ran a hugely successful National Awards Night in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny on Saturday November 9th.
Our thanks to all who supported.
To find out who received this years honours, please visit the awards page.



Our November Newsletter can now be downloaded from our Newsletters & Updates Page.

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

Yearbook 2015
Submissions, Articles and Advertisements
for the 2015 Yearbook must be submitted to the office before the end of November

Please check our calendar for all upcoming events.