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Horse Sport Ireland (HSI) holds the stud book of origin for the Irish Draught horse. HSI changed the ID Studbook registration categories and inspection procedures in January 2010. The Irish Draught Horse Society (GB) is legally obliged to comply with EU Directives and hence made a harmonisation agreement with HSI in November 2011. Breed registration categories must now be in line with Ireland. All stock registered from 2011 onwards is classified in the Uninspected class (formerly Class 4) until inspected. On inspection, purebred animals are classified as Class 1, 2 or 3.
Jan 2015


Horse Sport Ireland categories

Class 1

• Horses inspected from 2010 (mares) and 2011 (stallions/geldings) that meet the pedigree, veterinary and inspection requirements of the Irish Draught Horse Studbook.
• Class 1 and RID animals are eligible for Merit Awards based on their own or their progeny’s performance.

Class 2

• Horses inspected from 2010 (mares) and 2011 (stallions/geldings) that meet the pedigree and veterinary requirements of the Irish Draught Horse Studbook, but which do not meet the inspection requirements for Class 1.
• For mares inspected in Great Britain before 2010, which meet the pedigree and veterinary requirements for RID, but which did not meet the inspection requirements for that grade and which were placed in AID at the time of inspection.
• The progeny of Class 1 and Class 2/Supplementary Grade Up parents are eligible for Class 1 on inspection.
• Class 2 animals are, from January 2015, eligible for Merit Awards, through their progeny performance only.

Class 3

• Horses that do not meet veterinary requirements. The progeny of these animals are not eligible for inspection for either the Main Studbook or as Sport Horse stallions.
• Grade 3 stallions and mares that failed their inspection veterinary examination before 2011 are deemed to be in Class 3.

Uninspected/Class 4

• For all foals and other uninspected purebred stock. The progeny of these animals are not eligible for inspection, unless the uninspected parent is subsequently inspected and classified as Class 1 or Class 2.
• Foals born from 2011-2014 are termed ‘Class 4’ on their passports. Foals registered from 1 January 2015 are now termed ‘Uninspected’ on their passports. There is no qualitative difference between these two groups of animals, only the terminology has changed.

Supplementary (Grade Up) Register

• This is for inspected and vetted fillies and mares that are registered on the Sport Horse Register (those with an old F-number can be transferred to the Sport Horse Register). They must meet the following pedigree requirements: one RID parent, three RID grandparents and the remaining quarter to be verified as Thoroughbred, Connemara or Irish Sport Horse. An Irish Sport Horse is defined as comprising only those three documented breeds/types.
• The progeny of Supplementary Grade Up mares by a RID, Class 1 or Class 2 stallion are eligible for Class 1.

RID and RID (GB) stallions, RID mares and geldings

• For all stallions graded in Great Britain up to and including 2010 and mares inspected before 2010, that met official inspection and veterinary requirements in operation in Great Britain at the time, whose owners opted not to apply for Class 1 status.
• For geldings born before 2011, by a RID stallion ex RID mare.
• Any RID or RID (GB) stallion can be considered for Class 1 status. If stallion owners wish to apply, they must complete an application form available from the office or our website.
• Stallions (including deceased) which were inspected up to and including the year 2000, do not have to be linear profiled, x-rayed or endoscoped to be accepted into Class 1.
• RID stallions which were approved in Great Britain between 2001 and 2010, whose owners have not applied for them to be considered for Class 1, are termed ‘RID (GB)’ outside Great Britain. For RID (GB) stallions, an application for Class 1 status will require submission of acceptable endoscope and x-ray examinations.
• All RID and RID (GB) stallions are treated exactly the same as Class 1 stallions in terms of eligibility for merit awards.
• The progeny of all RID and RID (GB) stallions out of Class 1, Class 2, RID, AID or Supplementary Grade Up mares are eligible for Class 1 on inspection.

Grade 2 (GB)

• For stallions inspected up to and including 2010, that met the pedigree and veterinary requirements of the IDHS (GB) Breed Register at the time, but did not meet inspection requirements.
• Any of the living stallions in this group can be put forward for consideration for Class 2 status. For those inspected from 2004-2010, this will require endoscope and x-ray examination. Please apply to the office for details.
• The progeny of these stallions out of RID, RID (GB), Class 1, Class 2, AID or Supplementary Grade Up mares are eligible for Class 1 on inspection.

Grade 3

• Grade 3 animals are deemed to be equivalent to Class 3.


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