The Irish Draught horse - history & information about the Irish draught horse
The Irish Draught Horse is an active, short-legged, powerful horse with substance and quality. It is proud of bearing, deep of girth and strong of back and quarters. Standing over a lot of ground, it has an exceptionally strong and sound constitution. It has an intelligent and gentle nature and is noted for its docility and sense. It is very light and fast on its feet for a heavy horse, and has a good jumping ability.
History of the Irish Draught
There are no early stud books relating to the Irish Draught, so its origins are therefore some what obscure. However, it is believed that the breed developed from crossing indigenous Irish mares with English imported Thoroughbreds. The indigenous stock probably, in turn, evolved from the Connemara pony, which had a good deal of Spanish and Arabian blood in its veins, and which, once away from its native western seaboard, had grown larger on the lusher grazing.
It was originally used in Ireland on the farm as an all round work-horse, being strong, and compact and standing on short legs, but mechanisation gradually reduced its usefulness in this field. After a few years in the doldrums, however, there was a revival of interest in the breed when its potential as a base from which to breed half-bred hunters was realised, and the Irish Draught Horse Society was formed in 1976.
The Irish Draught Horse Studbook is maintained jointly by the Irish Horse Board, and the Northern Ireland Horse Board, in conjunction with the Irish Draught Horse Society. Animals that pass inspection are given RID status. The Irish Draught Horse Society maintains the Breed Standard for the Irish Draught Horse.
All foals are registered in the Irish Horse Register (IHR) at birth. Animals must be inspected and approved before entry in the Irish Draught studbook. A performance-testing programme for stallions as part of the approval procedure has been in place since 1995. All animals must be blood typed prior to inspection for entry into the Register.
There are annual inspections for fillies beginning at 2 years and for mares of all ages, Mares are assessed under thirteen different aspects of confirmation, movement and athleticism.
Colt Assessments are also undertaken for yearlings and two year old colts so that promising colts can be identified and their owners encouraged to retain them. This is a free service. Geldings are also eligible for RID status.
Irish Draught Stallions can be put forward for RID status and enter into the Studbook beginning at 3 years of age. Stallions must be inspected and undergo veterinary examination. Performance testing is a must for all except those with exceptional conformation and movement. Performance is either open competition or in a central test centre. The *inspection panel may recommend that stallions with exceptional conformation, movement, athleticism and satisfactory temperament may be approved; otherwise stallions may be classified as S1 or S2.
Irish Draught stallions are obliged to have accumulated a minimum of 10 points in competition under the rules of the Showjumping Association of Ireland, or the equivalent in showjumping competitions run by an organisation in another country. However, if stallion owners wish to compete in competitions under the rules of Eventing Ireland or Dressage Ireland, the minimum number of points shall be 5 in the case of eventing and 20 for dressage, or the equivalent in eventing or dressage competitions run by an organization in another country. Having completed the performance testing requirements, each stallion shall undergo a full inspection at a central location, or a location decided by the Issuing Authorities.
*IHR: PART VI Stallion Classification 18. (1) (a) (iv) In the case of inspection of Irish Draught colts/stallions, the inspection panel shall include two representatives from the Irish Draught Horse Society (unless otherwise decided by the issuing authority). The representatives from the Irish Draught Horse Society shall not be over ruled by the other members of the panel where the Irish Draught breed type is an issue.
Contact the IDHS Secretariat, with inquiries regarding procedural questions and for official paperwork to be completed prior to inspections.
irish horses for sale, horse racing, irish sport horses, trace your horse, horseracing tips/commentary greyhound & dog racing tips results commentary etc horse jobs free classifieds . advertising . thoroughbred horseriding in ireland, tack shop, online tack shop, riding equipment for sale, wireless security cameras, foaling cameras with infa red, security cameras for equestrian centres, connemara ponies, horse charities, horse organisations, organizations, ponies for sale, equestrian classifiedspony . ponies ireland ringtones . . . . connemara sport horse logos equestrian , horse welfares, riding schools in dublin, riding schools, listowel, tack shop kerry, tack shop tarbert, the tack shed tarbert, tack shop, equestrian retailers, horse tack wholesalers, horse of the year, listowel equestrian centre, tack shed tarbert, paddocks equestrian centre dublin, paddocks riding school,security cameras for equestrian centres, advertis horses for sale, horse jobs, irish horses, sport horses, horses wanted, tack for sale, on line tack shop, irish riding schools, irish trekking centres, irish stud farms, studs in Ireland, ponies for sale ireland, irish horse breeds, irish draught horse, horse shows and events in ireland, irish equestrian businesses, irish equestrian organisations, horse organizations in ireland, farriers, vets, racecourses, irish racecourses, greyhound racing, tips on greyhound racing, horse boxes, equestrian discussions, horse and equestrian advices, veterinary information on horses and ponies, equestrian horse charities