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Irish Draught Horse Society

IDHS Cup Awarded (2011)

Tom McGuigan, IHDS Chairman, presents the IDHS cup to Megan Walker at CAFRE Enniskillen Awards Ceremony. Megan completed the BSc (Hons) degree in Equine Management. She produced the best final year special study, having examined the awareness of horse owners in Aberdeenshire of grass sickness and possible preventative measures which could be implemented.

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Hard Work pays off for NI exhibitors (2011)

Congratulations to all of the local exhibitors who showed their stock at National Shows throughout Ireland. Many came home rewarded with prizes from a large number of well filled classes.
Congratulation to Sean Colhoun, Kenny and Wendy Bell and Andree Fitchie who were all successful in the Irish Draught classes at the RDS. Also to Colin Coulter and Charlotte and Nigel Moore who were successful at the ISA National Championships.

More information can be found on the Show Results page.

Castlewellan Show (2011)

crieveNigel Moore with Tullys Crieve who was the winner of the Mount Pleasant and Irish Draught Horse Society (NI) Irish Draught Youngstock Championship. In the Carlisle Fuels Champion of Champions he stood Reserve Champion to Dessie Gibson's young horse Champion, Gravity Manor.

Omagh Show (2011)

Lots of photos on our Facebook Page of those of you who were exhibiting at Omagh Show - well done to everyone.

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NI Draught Horse Breeders On A Roll 2010!

Ever wonder what motivates breeders and producers of Irish Draughts to wash, polish, groom, school and then wrestle with some of those gleaming beasts in the Show Ring?

One look at the joy on the face of Newtownards man Roy Sheilds as his pure bred Irish Draught 'Rockrimmon Glenside Monarch' was crowned Supreme Champion at the Irish Draught National Breed Show at Mullingar and you have your answer.

After winning a strong Ridden Draught class, this extravagant son of Castana RID had to be at his best to fend off a very strong challenge from Millhollow Starlet, owned and exhibited by Viona Wilson from Strabane,who had earlier in the day been crowned Champion Broodmare.

This remarkable achievement by two of Northern Ireland's foremost breeders was a fitting conclusion when exhibitors from the six counties showed the rest of Ireland how it should be done.

Sean Colhoun went home a very happy man having picked up the Champion Young Horse title with Lady Stardust; the Wilson team won the 3yr-6yr old mare class and the 13+yr old mare class with Ardglen Star Dancer and Millhollow Starlet respectively. The ridden class was dominated by Co.Down friends and neighbours Roy Sheilds and Barry and Jackie Marsh. What could have been a one two for Roy with Glenside Monarch and Rockrimmon Rosses Point was scuppered when Inisharoan Mist showed that she was no slouch under saddle and slipped into second place.

Having conquered Mullingar it was a case of "RDS,bring it on", and what a show it proved to be for the Northern contingent. If Roy Sheilds had a big smile on his face after the success of Mullingar, he turned into the proverbial Cheshire cat when Rockrimmon Glenside Monarch won the ridden class for mares or geldings, with two other NI producers Mrs Beth Mckee and Ms Sally Glass filling the 3rd and 4th places with Rockrimmon High Spot and Peppermate.

Meanwhile in the showing ring Esther Skelly from Katesbridge and Shanaghan Matilda picked up a 4th place in the 3/4yr old Mare class, closely followed by Viona Wilson with Ardglen Star in 5th.

The same two ladies stood side by side in the Foal class for Non RID Stallions when Viona and her filly foal were placed 2nd and Esther and her colt foal placed 3rd.

Meanwhile in the ID Colt Foal class Nigel and Charlotte Moore from Crumlin, who exhibit extensively and successfully throughout Ireland, were placed 3rd with their Windgap Blue colt Tullys Blue.

Congratulations everyone and very well done indeed.