ROBERT OLIVER (1940-2021)

The Irish Draught Horse Society (GB) was saddened to learn of the death of our previous President, Robert Oliver, who died at home on the 12th March 2021.

Our Society was very fortunate to have Robert as our Vice President from 2001, and then as President from 2011 to 2018. His love and enthusiasm for the Irish Draught horse was apparent whenever he came to any of the Society’s functions, and his willingness to give advice to anyone who asked was very much appreciated.

He was without doubt one of the greatest showman of all times. Robert showed cobs, hacks and hunters and his record of producing champions in every category of horse class at both HOYS and the RIHS is something that has yet to be equalled. Robert was also a keen hunting man and regularly hunted his show horses whilst he was Master of the Ledbury Hunt.

It has been a privilege to know such a great showman, huntsman and above all a true gentleman. Our sincere sympathy goes to his wife Claire and to his family.

Irish Draught Horse Society GB News Sheet March 2021

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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

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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