Guidance notes and forms for registering pure bred Irish Draughts and Irish Draught Sport Horses.

Guidance notes for registration of Purebred Irish Draught Horses

  • You must be a full member of the IDHS (GB) to register a purebred Irish Draught horse in the Main Studbook.
  • The deadline for Main Studbook registration is 31 October in the year of birth.
  • This will allow time for DNA results to be returned before the legal deadline for registration of 31 December or by six months of age, whichever is the later.
  • It is an offence to fail to register a horse outside this timeframe.
  • If you miss the deadline, please register the horse without delay.

Horse Sport Ireland (HSI) and IDHS (GB) Main Studbook registration rules:

The Main Stud Book is managed by Horse Sport Ireland (HSI). There are three daughter organisations that are harmonised with HSI and have to comply with their rules; Great Britain, Canada and the USA.

The Main Studbook is for purebred Irish Draught horses, which must meet the specified pedigree requirements, as follows:

  • Class 1: inspected horses that meet both inspection and veterinary requirements;
  • Class 2: inspected horses that meet veterinary requirements but no inspection requirements;
  • Class 3: horses that do not meet veterinary requirements;
  • Class 4/Uninspected: uninspected horses and for horses that fail to complete part of the compulsory inspection requirements

To be eligible for Main Studbook registration, the horse must be by a Grade 1/RID, Class 1, Class 2, Class 3, Class 4, Grade 2 GB or Grade 3 GB Irish Draught stallion. Please see below for details of the current classification system.

In addition, the dam must be RID, Class 1, Class 2, Class 3, Class 4, Grade 2 GB or Grade 3 GB Irish Draught, Appendix Irish Draught (AID) or a Supplementary Grade-Up mare. Foals out of SID mares are not eligible for the Main Studbook but may be registered in the IDHS (GB) Sport Horse Register.

Colt foals that have been gelded:

Will remain in Class 4, unless their owner wishes to bring them forward for a voluntary inspection at two years or over. Please notify the Society when your colt is castrated, together with an email or certificate from your vet to confirm this.

DNA:

All purebred Irish Draught horses being registered in the Main Studbook must be DNA parentage tested against both parents. DNA kits are available from our Administrator. Further information about DNA is available on our DNA Guidance Notes.

Covering certificates:

  • A valid covering certificate must be submitted with the registration. You must obtain this from the stallion owner.
  • If you do not have a covering certificate because you, as the breeder of the foal, are in dispute with the stallion owner, this must be resolved between parties prior to registration.
  • The Society will not get involved in any personal or business disputes.
  • We cannot register your foal with a pedigree-based passport unless you have a valid covering certificate.
  • If you have lost your covering certificate, the stallion owner and/or the Office may have a copy. Once registered, fillies and colts with Class 1, Class 2, Supplementary Grade Up (fillies only) or Class 4/Uninspected parents are eligible for inspection.

Guidance notes for registering Irish Draught Sport Horses

  • You do not have to be a member to register an Irish Draught Sport Horse in the Sport Horse Register, but if you wish to join, you would benefit from reduced rates.
  • The legal deadline for registration of all foals is 31 December or by six months of age, whichever is the later.  It is an offence to fail to register a horse within the legal limit.  
  • If you miss the deadline, please register the horse without delay.

General rules of the Irish Draught Sport Horse Register:

  • The register as a whole provides a place for the registration of all part-bred stock with documented Irish Draught ancestry, combined with any other breed or breeds. It is divided into three categories.
  • A covering certificate from an official Passport Issuing Organisation is essential.
  • DNA parentage testing is not normally required for animals entering this register unless the owner wishes to demonstrate pedigree that cannot be proven any other way.
  • The exception to this is Traditional Irish Draught Sport Horse (TSR) fillies that are eligible for Supplementary Grade-Up inspection. These fillies should be DNA-tested on registration.
  • The owner is responsible for resolving any pedigree queries and producing evidence of the appropriate pedigree.

Fillies out of AID mares by a RID, Class/Grade 1, Class/Grade 2, Class/Grade 3 or Uninspected/Class 4 stallion will be registered in the Main Studbook (Breed Register) and not on the Sport Horse Register.

  • Irish Sport Horses and SID mares and geldings are shown in part-bred breeding (in-hand) classes and ridden classes
  • Animals born after 1 January 2015 will be classified according to pedigree only.
  • Animals from other Passport Issuing Organisation registers can be over-stamped on to the  
  • Irish Draught Sport Horse Register, provided that the owner submits an over-stamping application and fee, and the horse meets the 25% minimum documented ID breeding requirement.
  • Exceptional stallions that meet Irish Draught Sport Horse pedigree requirements and which have proven performance or progeny performance, may, at the Council’s discretion, be accepted for over-stamping and inclusion in our stallion lists.

Traditional Irish Draught Sport Horse Register (TSR):

  • For male and female horses with at least two generations of documented, or otherwise proven breeding (eg through DNA) of which a minimum of 25% must be Irish Draught (RID or Class 1 or 2).
  • The remainder must be documented Thoroughbred, Connemara or Traditional Irish Sport Horse.
  • The definition of a ‘Traditional Irish Sport Horse’ is an animal with Irish Draught, Thoroughbred or Connemara blood only, in any proportions.
  • Animals eligible for this register will have ‘Traditional Irish Draught Sport Horse’ recorded on their passports.

Supplementary Grade-Up: (SGUR)

  • Within the TSR, there will be some female animals that are eligible for inspection for the  Supplementary Grade-Up Register.
  • In addition to the above pedigree requirements in one parent, these fillies and mares must have three Class 1 or RID grandparents, and one Class 1 or RID parent.
  • These fillies and mares retain their sport horse number and status throughout life, but after inspection, if accepted into the SGUR, they will also be deemed to be part of the Main Studbook (Breed Register). This is the only point of cross-over between the Main Studbook and Irish Draught Sport Horse Registers.

Irish Draught Sport Horse (SPR):

  • For horses with a minimum of two generations of documented or otherwise proven breeding (e.g. through DNA), of which a minimum of 25% must be Irish Draught (RID/ Class 1/Class 2)
  • The non-Irish Draught portion of the pedigree may be any other breed.
  • Animals eligible for this register will have ‘Irish Draught Sport Horse’ recorded on their passports.

Irish Draught Part-Bred (PBR):

  • For horses with less than two documented or otherwise proven (e.g. through DNA) generations of Irish Draught breeding.
  • The non-Irish Draught portion of the pedigree may be any other breed.
  • This register includes the progeny of SHR and TSR animals, by or out of other breeds that have less than25% ID blood.
  • Animals eligible for this register will have ‘Irish Draught Part-Bred’ recorded on their passport.

Colt foals that have been gelded:

Please notify the Society when your colt is castrated, together with an email or certificate from your vet to confirm this.

DNA:

A  DNA sample is optional in most cases for an ID Sport Horse, if required, it must be taken and verified by a veterinary surgeon. DNA kits are available from our Administrator. Further information about DNA is available on our DNA Guidance Notes.

Covering certificates:

  • A valid covering certificate must be submitted with the registration. You must obtain this from the stallion owner.
  • If you do not have a covering certificate because you, as the breeder of the foal, are in dispute with the stallion owner, this must be resolved between parties prior to registration.
  • The Society will not get involved in any personal or business disputes.
  • If you have lost your covering certificate, the stallion owner and/or the Office may have a copy.

Central Prefix Register:

  • Breeders can apply to register a prefix. This is managed by an external body, the Central Prefix Register.
  • Application forms for registering/extending a Prefix are available to download from the website

Breeders and owners may not:

  • Register any horse using a prefix registered to another breeder;
  • Register or name a horse bred by someone else, using their own prefix or any variation of it (this includes horses purchased in Ireland that have been named there)
  • Register a horse with this Society, using their own prefix that is registered with another PIO, but not with this Society. Contact the Central Prefix Register for advice: Mrs Gina Dent, Secretary, Upper Marshes, Semley, Shaftesbury, Dorset SP7 9AE; Telephone & Fax: 01747 850235; E-mail: centralprefixreg@aol.com; Website: www.centralprefixregister.com

More information on the Central Prefix Register here.

Completed documentation should be sent to:

Miss A Holbeche,
2 Burnbake Cottages, Burcombe Lane, Wilton, Wiltshire SP2 0ES.

Queries:

Tel. 01722 742333
Email: passports@idhsgb.org.uk
Web site: www.idhsgb.org.uk

You are strongly advised to photocopy all important documents, ie the identity diagram and covering certificate before posting.  It is also advisable to obtain proof of posting.