Welcome to the Irish Draught Horse Society(GB) website

Contact IDHS(GB)
  Office Telephone : 0345 2300 399 (Mon - Wed 9.00am - 5.00pm)

Out of Hours Helpline
Brian & Liz Gates : 01461 700434 (Mon - Fri: 6.30pm-9.30pm)

Enforcement agencies' emergency contact number outside these hours and horse inspection queries only
Heather Chaplin : 01823 601625


Saturday 18th - Sunday 19th August 2018
Arena UK, Allington, Grantham, Lincolnshire NG32 2EF


Breed Show Page



Warwickshire College, Moreton Morrell on
Wednesday 11 April 2018





*** IMPORTANT *** Stallion and Spring Mare Inspections 2018


To date, we have only received three written expressions of interest for the Stallion Inspections at Warwickshire College, Moreton Morrell on 11 April 2018, and no firm applications.

We need six completed, signed, valid stallion applications with fees and veterinary reports/x-rays by 20 February 2018 in order to make the Stallion Inspections on 11 April financially viable.

As a registered charity, we have a responsibility to all our Members and to the Charity Commission to manage our funds effectively. The overhead costs of running the Stallion Inspections are considerable. There are also huge logistical considerations, because we need a large team of volunteers to help the day run smoothly.

This means that unless we receive at least six completed stallion applications by the closing date, the inspections will be postponed until there are more applicants. The decision about viability will be made at 6 p.m. on 20 February. This will be posted on the web site and social media.

If there are any more potential applicants for 11 April, please would they contact the inspection administration team urgently to obtain the application pack. The pack contains the veterinary report form, application form and notes for guidance. You will need this to obtain a quotation from your vet for the pre-inspection veterinary examination, CEM/EVA/EIA certificates and x-rays required.

Email: inspectionsATidhsgb.com (replace AT with @) – this address is accessed by both Carol Malin (Administrator, works Monday to Wednesday 09.00-17.00) and Heather Chaplin (Inspection administration manager).

You can also phone Carol on 0345 2300 399 or Heather on 01823 601625 leaving your name, email address and a contact phone number. If you don’t leave a message, we won’t know that you have tried to reach us!

The stallion application pack is usually emailed to applicants. If you would like the pack to be posted, please remember to leave your address and postcode clearly on any voicemail message.


If you wish to have your mare inspected on 11 April with the stallions, we must receive the application and fee by 20 February. The mare application forms and notes for guidance can be downloaded from the web site.

A number of Members have expressed an interest in having their mares inspected this year, but the majority wish to wait until the summer/autumn. It is very positive to see that we have expressions of interest from Cumbria and Hartlepool in the North, West Wales and three from the South of England for the autumn inspections.

If you have any queries at all about the inspections, please contact us.

Thank you for your interest.

Heather Chaplin and Carol Malin
For the Inspection Management team



Advertisements and Articles in the Yearbook

The Yearbook team have decided not to raise the costs of advertising stallions and studs and they will remain at the same rate as they have been for the past five years. We hope this will encourage owners to place advertisements in our Yearbook.
From the date of this notice the inside front cover, the inside back cover and the outside back cover (trade only) will be strictly on a first come first served basis by email. The first persons to apply for the IFC, the IBC, and the OBC will be notified and given five days to complete payment via PayPal or electronic bank transfer.

The costs for advertising are as follows:
Full page - £166 + vat @ 20% (£199.20)
Half page - £124 + vat @ 20% (£148.80)
Inside Front Cover and Inside Back Cover - £210 + vat @ 20% (£252.00)

Advertising costs for Trade advertisements are:
Full page - £200 + vat @ 20% (£240.00)
Half Page - £150 + vat @ 20% (£180)
Inside Front Cover and Inside Back Cover - £250 + vat @ 20% (£300.00)
Outside Back Cover (available for Trade only) - £350 +vat @ 20% (£420.00)

Stallion owners or Members wanting to advertise using either a full or half page should send their advertisements in Word or preferably pdf format either using the online form, or by email, to:

Carol Rudd and Jenny Noblett email: yearbook-advertsATidhsgb.com
Carol Rudd – Tel: 01625 873 662 Jenny Noblett – Tel: 01606 837 984

For help and advice with advertisements please ring Carol or Jenny as assistance with artwork and formatting is also available. Please make sure you have permission to use any photographs that are copyrighted in your advertisement and include the photographer’s name if necessary.

Please see the 'Yearbook Advertising' page for more information - here.

The Yearbook will now be produced by a new editorial team comprising of:

Louise Morton (tel. 01283 716 573), James Noblett (tel. 01606 837 984),
Sue Benson (tel. 01274 870 028) and Brian Gates (tel. 01461 700 434).
Email: yearbookATidhsgb.com

Articles and Photographs

The new team is currently inviting contributions for the 2018 Yearbook. Please could you email the team at yearbookATidhsgb.com with your articles, stories and photographs, which must be of good quality and, as above, any permission needed must be obtained. If you have any thoughts or ideas for some interesting content, or need some help with your submission please telephone any of the team members who will be delighted to hear from you.

Dated 24 July 2017


With immediate effect the Administration Office of The Irish Draught Horse Society (GB) has been relocated from Stoneleigh Park. The new address is

PO Box 91
Newcastle Emlyn
SA44 9AT

The telephone number and email address are unchanged-
Tel 03452 300 399
Email administratorATidhsgb.com
Administrator: Carol Malin

Mail addressed to The Forge at Stoneleigh Park, CV8 2LG will be delivered by Royal Mail to PO Box 91 from now onwards.

Passport administration including registrations, transfers of ownership, over stamping and other passport enquiries will continue to be dealt with at the IDHS (GB) Passport Administration Office-

1 Well House Cottages
Coombe Bisset
Tel 01722 333 800
Email passportsATidhsgb.com
Passport Administrator: Annie Holbeche

Brian Gates
Hon Treasurer and Company Secretary
The Irish Draught Horse Society (GB)
10 July 2017