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Irish Draught Horse Society

HSI Irish Draught Horse Studbook Breeding Policy Review

Horse Sport Ireland has recently published the report outlining the recommendations of the Irish Draught Horse Studbook Breeding Policy Review Taskforce. The Breeding Sub Board and the Main Board of HSI have both agreed the recommendations and the changes will be implemented in 2015.

A copy of the full report can be downloaded by clicking on the link below.

2014 Mare Inspections

Congratulations to the following owners from Northern Ireland whose mares received Class 1 status at the mare inspections held in September:

  1. Patrick Kelly's Castlelodge Drumri Rose by Drumri

  2. Nikki Burnham's Roussillon Silver Rebel by Huntingfield Rebel

  3. Heather Knox's Braeview Codega by Flagmount Clover Diamond

  4. John Platts' Lady Grey of Tramore by Huntingfield Rebel

  5. Peter Keelagher's Aidan's Lucky Star by Star Kingdom

  6. Fiona Watkins' Loughmelvin Trionaid by Holycross

Braeview Codega was also awarded a Bronze Merit for athleticism.

IDHS Nothern Ireland Award Winners

On Saturday 15th November Irish Draught enthusiasts from across Ireland gathered at the Armagh City Hotel to celebrate the achievements of the Irish Draught Horse at the Irish Draught Horse Breeders Association Awards dinner. The evening was hosted by the Irish Draught Horse Society Northern Ireland who also took the opportunity to honour the successes of their members during the year in front of a national audience.

The achievements of one horse were recognised by both organisations. In August at the Dublin Horse Show, Team Marsh’s Dowdstown Dancer won the 4 & 5 year old Irish Draught Performance Horse class and went on to be Reserve Champion Performance Irish Draught. This success followed just 3 days after he had been crowned Champion Ridden Horse at the IDHBA annual show at a very wet Mullingar and came after successes earlier in the year at the Northern Ireland Festival in Cavan. Not one to rest on his laurels, this horse has more recently been competing successfully in dressage under his regular rider Lynne Ireland and was a worthy winner of Performance Horse Awards presented by both the IDHSNI and the IDHBA.

Other award winners on the night were:
Kenny & Wendy Bell’s Castleview Farmers Lady (IDHSNI Yearling of the Year)
Kenny & Wendy Bell’s Castleview Crannagh Lady (IDHSNI Young Horse of the Year)
Charlotte & Nigel Moore’s Tullys Valley (IDHSNI Broodmare of the Year)
Robert Davis’s Imelda Blue (IDHBA Young Horse of the Year)
Gerard Sweeney’s My Carrick Dolly (IDHBA Broodmare of the Year)
Sean Barker’s Gortfree Hero (IDHBA Show Horse of the Year)
Laura Dooner (IDHBA Young Handler of the Year)
Timmy Sullivan (IDHBA Contribution to the Breed Award)

This last award was made posthumously following the recent death of Timmy Sullivan and was collected on behalf of his family by Eiline Brennan.

IDHS Northern Ireland Awards

Members of the IDHSNI are reminded that now is the time to submit their show results from the summer if they wish to be in with a chance of winning one of the society’s annual awards which this year will be presented at the IDHBA Annual Awards Dinner which will be taking place in the Armagh City Hotel on Saturday 15th November. All results should be sent to Jane Huey ( by Friday 10th October.

Pleasure Ride at Shanes Castle

On Sunday 19th October the Irish Draught Horse Society Northern Ireland will be holding a pleasure ride at Shanes Castle, Antrim. The ride will leave at 12 noon and costs £15 with tea, sandwiches and a stirrup cup provided. Everyone is welcome to attend.

IDHBA Awards Dinner

With the final show of the season having taken place at the weekend in Ballinasloe, attention is now turning to reflecting upon the successes of the summer and making the arrangements for the annual awards. This year, for the first time, the IDHSNI has been asked to host the Irish Draught Horse Breeders Association Awards Dinner which will take place at the Armagh City Hotel on Saturday 15th November. Plans are in hand for a great night’s craic to celebrate the successes of the Irish Draught horse from across the island of Ireland as, in addition to the IDHBA awards, the local society will also be presenting its own annual awards. Tickets cost £30 each and are on sale now from Lorna Johnston 07748 140140.

Rooms can be booked by contacting the Armagh City hotel on 028 3751 8888