Breed Show Trophies
Due to the late arrival, damage and poor condition of Trophies being returned we are imposing a deposit of £20 per Trophy, which will be refundable if the Trophy is received within the time limit and in a clean and undamaged condition.

40th Open Annual Breed Show Dressage Times
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The Irish Draught stand was in attendance at the GYS which was very busy for three days with mainly lovely weather.
A full report will be in the 2020 yearbook.
Irish Draught classes were very well supported and results of the winners are as follows

Mrs E Lord Oldcastle Lass by Clonakilty Hero

Mrs E Lord Ballineen Castle Hawk by Carrigfada Troy

Pure Bred Young Stock (1,2 and 3yrs)
Miss L Asprey Appledark Thumbeat by Skip and Sea

Sport Horse Young Stock (1,2 and 3yrs)
Mr D Barton Langaller Barton by Sandy's Light

Mr D Barton Langaller Barton by Sandy's Light

Reserve Champion
Mrs E Lord Oldcastle Lass by Clonakilty Hero

Ridden Irish Draught Pure Bred
Mrs N Grubb Appledark Magic Touch by Skip and Sea

Dame de Flandres winning National Hunter Supreme Championship Show Congratulations to Derek Walker and Nick Davies on their Pure Bred Irish Draught mare’s recent success at the SHB (GB) National Hunter Supreme Championship Show.
RID mare Dame de Flandres (by Roma Diamond Skip ex Madame Bea) won the Heavyweight Hunter Broodmare Class and her foal by the TB stallion Siren’s Missile won the Heavyweight Hunter Foal Class.
Dame de Flandres then went on to win the Broodmare Championship and her foal was made Champion Hunter Foal.
The ultimate accolade was when Dame de Flandres was awarded the Supreme In Hand Championship - a wonderful achievement for connections and a great promotion for the Irish Draught Breed.


Being almost half way through the showing season, I wanted to give you an update on the various Regional Shows and Annual Breed Show which are taking place during July and August.
Qualifiers for the Blue Chip and IDHS(GB) £2000 Challenge and for the Moorbennhall Pure Bred Youngstock Challenge are being held at the following Regional Shows and the final championships will take place at the Annual Breed Show.

on Sunday 7th July 2019
at Stourport Riding Centre, Hartlebury Road, Stourport-on-Severn, Worcs DY13 9JD
W: Website T: 01299 251837 M 07917 755445 E:
Secretary Dan Ash
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on Saturday 20th July 2019
at Myerscough Equestrian Arena, St Michael’s Road, Bilsborrow, Preston, Lancs PR3 0RY
W: Website T: 07765 445398 E:
Secretary Kay Ainsworth
Download Schedule and Entry form Entry form only Download Schedule and Entry form Entry form only
Online entries through Horse Monkey

WINCANTON HORSE SHOW incorporating South West Irish Draught Show
on Sunday 4th August 2019
at Wincanton Racecourse, Wincanton, Somerset BA9 8BJ
W: Website T: 01963 31518 M 07866 381452 E:
Secretary Lindsey Millar
Download Schedule and Entry form
Online entries through EQUO

on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th August 2019
at Arena UK, Allington Lane, Allington, Grantham, Lancs NG32 2EF
W: Website T: 03452 300399 E:
Entries Secretary Carol Malin
Download Schedule and Entry form Online entries

To celebrate our 40th anniversary, a special class has kindly been sponsored by Eamon and Rachel McCourt of Warmans Property Managers for ridden pure bred Irish Draughts, 4 years old and over, amateur owned, produced and ridden, to be judged for conformation and ride.
To include the finals of the Blue Chip and IDHS(GB) £2000 Challenge and the finals of the Moorbennhall Irish Draught Youngstock Challenge.

Total prize fund in excess of £6,000

So I do hope this will encourage you to get your entries in and thank you for your much appreciated previous support.

Kindest regards

Sue Benson

Equine Flu Update - 23/06/19
The BEF continues to closely monitor the equine influenza outbreak and notes the latest figures from the Animal Health Trust, which reveal that the number of equine influenza outbreaks confirmed in June has now surpassed any other month since the start of 2019. As of 21 June, a total of 37 confirmed diagnoses had been made – February, previously the month with the highest number of outbreaks, saw a total of 35 diagnoses. The total number of cases since the start of the year has now exceeded 130.
It is thought that the higher number of positive diagnoses is due to the increased movement and mixing of horses that typically occurs during this time of year, with these horses then returning to their home yards and mixing with unvaccinated individuals.
The vast majority of the diagnoses made to date in June have been in horses who aren’t vaccinated against equine influenza.
The BEF urges owners to maintain their vigilance and ensure their vaccination records are up to date. We strongly recommend that if it has been longer than six months since the last vaccination, owners should discuss a booster with their veterinary surgeon.
It is also vital that unvaccinated horses do not mix with other equines due to the increased risk of such an infectious disease spreading. In addition, the Animal Health Trust has suggested that new or returning horses are quarantined to try to limit the spread of the disease.
Our recommendations are based on advice from experts in equine flu and epidemiology with experience in managing previous outbreaks. You can find more information on how to prevent the spread of equine flu and how to protect your horse here.

For the lastest news on the equine flu outbreak, click here.

Equine Flu Update - 01/03/19
Unvaccinated horses attending shows / events
Throughout the current equine flu outbreak, the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) has continued to urge equine owners to ensure that their vaccination records are up to date.
The BEF has also strongly recommended that all competition and event organisers check the equine ID passports of all horses to ensure that they comply with vaccination rules.
This is based on advice from experts in equine influenza and epidemiology with experience of managing previous outbreaks.
The BEF reminds organisers that, during the current outbreak, it is vital that unvaccinated horses do not mix with other horses because of the increased risk of such an infectious disease spreading. It is important that organisers and owners recognise that equine welfare is a priority and take steps to prevent the further spread of equine flu.
There is more guidance available on the BEF website and in our Q&A

Equine Flu Update - 01/03/19
Foal influenza vaccination
The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) continues to monitor the outbreak of Equine Influenza (EI) and continues to urge all equine owners to make sure their vaccination records are up to date.
The BEF has also issued the following advice to try to maximise the immunity of young foals against EI.
1. We urge all owners to adhere to strict biosecurity protocols at all times.
2. Vaccinations are subject to local risk assessments by the attending veterinarians.
3. In-foal mares that have already had vaccinations of primary EI course should be vaccinated 4-6 weeks before the foal is due to be born.
4. Foals should be vaccinated for EI at 6 months to commence their primary course.


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 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 17th - Sunday 18th August 2019
Arena UK, Allington, Grantham, Lincolnshire. NG32 2EF

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  The Showing Council’s agreed training provider is Haddon Training 




Judges Assessment Day - 16 October 2019

This Assessment is for those who wish to be considered for inclusion on the Conformation and/or ride Judges’ Panels.
To obtain an application form, please email :

Closing Date for applications is 11th September 2019.

Applications received after this date will be held over until the next assessment day.

Mare Inspections - update May 2019


Summer venues (for animals aged two years and older):

Thursday 11 July 2019: c/o Allan and Ogilvy Webster, Laighlands Stud, Glenfarg, Perthshire, Scotland PH2 9PX.

This venue has been timed to allow applicants to compete at Perth Show in early August. The closing date for this venue is 7 June 2019.

If you live in Scotland and have a mare to be inspected, now is your opportunity, as Irish Draught numbers are relatively low in this country and inspections cannot take place every year.

Friday 16 August 2019: Annual Breed Show, Arena UK, Grantham. These inspections will be held from 2 p.m. on the Friday afternoon at the Annual Breed Show venue, to enable owners to show in-hand at the show. The closing date for this (and all subsequent venues) is 15 July 2019.


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