Covid-19 permitting-
• The stallion inspections are being planned for early September
• The mare inspections will start (we hope) at various venues from early July
• Owners should now complete application forms, not an expression of interest form. Stallion owners should have the pre-inspection vetting and x-rays done, if they can do so within government guidelines for travel.
• The new closing date for mare and stallion inspections is 31 May 2021.
• Mare venue location will depend on the location of the mares. Mares will be inspected in small groups, observing government guidelines in place at the time.
• There will be a small number of venues for unvaccinated mares. Owners will be informed if there are unvaccinated horses on the premises.
• Based on present expressions of interest, we hope to have venues for mare inspections in Scotland, the North of England (there may be more than one venue), the Annual Breed Show, Warwickshire, South Wales and Somerset/Dorset.
• We do not need the fees yet, but we would like the forms to be completed and sent in. This helps us a great deal because we can start the eligibility checks and make sure we are ready to move on finalising venues as soon as the lockdown regulations are eased in the relevant area.
• Applicants for Hornby Premiums must bring their mare and foal to a grading venue or Annual Breed Show/regional show.
• Once we have your contact details, we will email individual owners with updates as they become available.


In the interest of protecting animal welfare, and with the possibility of traffic disruption in Kent after 1st January 2021, Defra would strongly advise equine transporters to consider using vehicles with a combined weight of less than 7.5 tonnes, enabling them to proceed to the Short Straits using the Operation Brock contraflow between J8-9 of the M20.

If you are transporting equines in a vehicle with a combined weight above 7.5 tonnes and there is traffic disruption in Kent, Defra strongly advises against travel and if you do choose to travel you plan your journey carefully, in anticipation of the possibility of delays. These vehicles will not be prioritised to use the Operation Brock contraflow. The animal welfare of equines in transit should be a priority for all equine movements. Make sure that you have the correct authorisations and certifications to transport live animals, find out more here

Irish Draught Horse Society GB News Sheet December 2020

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In order to protect our staff from Covid 19 the IDHS(GB) is no longer able to return passports
to owners by Royal Mail Special Delivery, as this requires queuing at the local post office to deposit the envelope which may compromise the social distancing rules demanded by Government.
Until this service is resumed any overpayments will be refunded.
Brian Gates
Hon Treasurer

IDHS (GB) ruling on Equine Influenza vaccinations

Equine Influenza and Tetanus vaccinations are a compulsory requirement for all horses registered with the Irish Draught Horse Society (GB).
Compliance with this rule is essential in order to bring your horse forward for inspection, or to show your horse at our affiliated shows.

The requirement for the first three vaccinations is as follows:
• The first two vaccinations must be 21 – 92 days apart, with a third booster between 150-215 days after the second dose.
• Thereafter, there should normally be an annual booster vaccination within 365 days, but the current FEI ruling is for a six-monthly booster as opposed to an annual booster.
• No horse should enter competitions within seven days of an equine influenza vaccination.
• Foals should commence vaccinations at six months old.

This rule may be subject to change in line with guidance from the FEI/BEF.
Any changes affecting our affiliated shows and inspections will be notified via the Society’s web site.
It is strongly recommended that you check with individual shows that fall under FEI regulations before entering, e.g. Windsor, Hickstead, HOYS etc., to ensure that your animals are eligible.

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