Irish Draught Horse Society of Canada

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Welcome to the home page of the
Irish Draught Horse Society of Canada


2014 Inspection Results and Linear Profiling                                                                                                           Click here to view the Stallion Book

Irish Draught stallion makes history in the dressage ring!

Purebred Irish Draught stallion, Steeped In Luck, made history by becoming the first of his breed to compete at three-star dressage level

Congratulations to Keith and Elizabeth Douglas (and Eamon) on making history!

IMPORTANT  NEWS  FOR OUR  MEMBERS  REGARDING  INSPECTIONS
IN CANADA

The recent announcement by the Irish Horse Board that inspections are suspended pending a review has no impact on our planned inspections for the fall of 2016 
( see http://www.horsesportireland.ie/horse-sport-ireland-stallion-and-mare-inspection-and-classification-system/)

It is the Board’s position that:
1) A second review of the role of Inspections in the Irish Draught breed policy in 12 months is unnecessary. Irish Draught inspections should be immediately reinstated.
The 2014 Taskforce addressed this very topic and Taskforce recommendations were accepted in November 2014.
Taskforce recommendations: http://www.horsesportireland.ie/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/FINAL-of-the-task-force-for-the-Irish-Draught-horse-for-PRINT.pdf Note under “Recommendations not accepted” items A and B.
HSI announcement of accepted Taskforce recommendations:  http://www.horsesportireland.ie/horse-sport-ireland-announces-changes-to-irish-draught-horse-breeding-policy/  

2) Inspections of Irish Sport Horses should be reinstated and only suspended should the review find it appropriate.

Suspending inspections pending a review implies the current inspection process is tainted, and presupposes the outcome of the review.
Please consult with Board members if you would like more details on our position. 
As members of the IDHSC we ask that you consider these points, and send letters voicing your opinion as soon as possible on the need for the review for Irish Draughts and timing of the suspension to:

Jim Beecher,
Chair, Irish Horse Board
c/o Horse Sport Ireland
Beech House, Millennium Park
Osberstown, Naas
Kildare, Ireland

Mr. Beecher does not have a public email address so we suggest: info@horsesportireland.ie
and send a copy to:
Gerry Greally
Livestock Production and Trade
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
Agriculture House
Kildare Street
Dublin 2
DO2 WK12
Gerry.greally@agriculture.gov.ie