Please find below the outline plan for inspection venues this year. Mare venue viability can only be confirmed after the applications have closed. For all remaining inspections in 2024, please apply before the closing date: 15 May 2024. Mare applications are not complete until a form and payment has been received. INSPECTIONS – Irish Draught […]


IDHS(GB) Council changes

At the end of March, two of our long-standing trustees, Antony Phillips and Ellen Walton, left the Council. We would like to thank them both for their many years of dedicated service to the Society and to the breed.  Our Vice President, Victoria Cobham, has also resigned from her role. Victoria has been a great […]

IMPORTANT, Inspections

Mare inspections in Scotland June 2024

If you live in Scotland, have an uninspected Irish Draught mare 3 years old or over..   Why not have her inspected near Linlithgow, West Lothian, on TUESDAY 25 JUNE 2024? Ochiltree Mill Farm, Linlithgow, West Lothian EH49 6PQ.   We are very grateful to the Hammon-Lee family for kindly allowing us to hold an inspection […]


Updating Horse Sport Ireland passports

We are pleased to continue to offer a service to transfer ownership and overstamp horses with Horse Sport Ireland passports.  From 28 February 2024, we will not be carrying out naming or re-naming of horses with HSI passports. You should, therefore, allow sufficient time before a show, inspection or other important event to send your […]


Calling mare owners in Scotland

Do you have an Irish Draught filly or mare aged three years old or over for inspection this year? We are holding a mare inspection near Linlithgow, West Lothian, on TUESDAY 25 JUNE 2024. Thank you to the Hammon-Lee family for kindly allowing us to hold an inspection at their home. Having your mare inspected, regardless […]

Uncategorised, Inspections

2024 Spring Inspections Information

Combined Stallion and Mare Inspections – 10 April 2024 Onley Grounds, Willoughby, Rugby, Warwickshire CV23 8AJClosing date: 10 February 2024. No applications can be accepted after this date. By 10 February, you must submit:For Irish Draught stallions:• The pre–inspection veterinary report (including any stallions being re-inspected)• A full set of x-rays as specified in the […]

Event, Inspections

Combined Stallion and Mare inspection events in 2024

In 2024, as for this year, the Society will hold two inspection events where both stallions and mares can come forward for grading.  These events will provide inspection opportunities for:  The Council is clear that these two combined inspection events must be individually financially viable. Viability is assessed on the number of completed applications, with […]


FEI Equine Ethics and Wellbeing Commission Survey

The FEI has asked The Showing Council to circulate the Equine Ethics and Wellbeing Commission Survey, to all its Member Bodies. Please take a look and complete if possible



For many years, Brian and Liz Gates have kindly run a volunteer Helpline from their own home to advise and support anyone who has a question about the Irish Draught horse or the Society.   With Brian’s imminent retirement from our Council after 25 years of service, the Helpline will be closed from Monday 20 March […]