THE IRISH DRAUGHT HORSE SOCIETY OF NORTH AMERICA

The Irish Draught Horse Society of North America (IDHSNA) was established in 1993 and has faithfully maintained the studbooks of both purebred and part-bred Irish Draught horses within North America since that time. We strive for an active membership by encouraging participation in year-end awards, IDHSNA sponsored shows and classes and actively working with national equestrian organizations to promote our breed.  We aim to strengthen the Irish Draught breed in North America, so we diligently hold inspections with judges from Ireland to ensure the breed remains true to type. 

 

The foundation for any society is its members, and we believe in keeping our membership informed. We have a monthly newsletter to keep members up to date on issues, and to celebrate personal victories. We have the annual Blarney to recap the highs and lows of the previous year, and it includes the herd list to gauge the health of our herd. We maintain this website and run an active Facebook page for members. 

 

The breeders and owners of Irish Draught horses in North America are proud and dedicated to the breed. The IDHSNA is a not-for-profit entity and has been run by a volunteer board since its inception. Membership in the Society offers a variety of benefits and programs while supporting the maintenance and growth of the studbooks. Please join us as a member!

SOCIETY OBJECTIVES
  • Foster an appreciation and understanding of the purebred Irish Draught Horse through educating the public about Irish Draught history and breed traits, and by promoting the contribution the purebred makes as the foundation of the internationally successful part Irish Draught Sport Horse (IDSH).

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  • Assist in and contribute to the collection and dissemination of scientific data, breeding information, and genetic material between and amongst other research and rare breed conservation groups, and Irish Draught breeders and IDHS branches worldwide.

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  • Establish and maintain registers and studbooks of purebred and part bred Irish Draught Horses.

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  • Foster high standards of breeding and quality by holding inspections to ensure the Irish Draught breed in North America remains true to type.

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  • Introduce the Irish Draught breed to the general public and increase the visibility of the pure Irish Draught and part Irish Draught Sport Horse to the general public through sponsorship and participation in regional and national events including expos, demonstrations, and shows.

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  • Promote/market the pure Irish Draught Horse and the part Irish Draught Sport Horse in advertising in regional and national publications.

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  • Showcase the National and International achievements of Irish Draught and Irish Draught Sport Horse.

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  • Increase the Society's visibility by awarding prizes to Irish Draught and Irish Draught Sport horses winning and placing in major competitions.

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  • Develop incentives to maintain and improve the quality of Irish Draught and Irish Draught Sport Horses.

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  • Publish educational materials and breed news in the Society newsletter "The Blarney" and on this website.

 

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