Irish Draught Horse Society of Canada


News from Members!

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!

We welcome FLAG OF DIAMONDS RID to our studbook

The Irish Draught Horse Society of Canada is pleased to welcome FLAG OF DIAMONDS RID to its studbook. By entry into the IDHSC studbook, this stallion is also entered into the harmonized studbook with RID(CAN) status, which has equivalent breeding privileges to Class 1 in Ireland, Great Britain and Canada.

This 2000 Stallion by Flagmount King and out of Realta, an Annaghdown Star mare is available for live cover, by fresh cooled and frozen from Celtic Manor Farm in Pottsdown, PA. Please contact Gina Kirby at (610)326-1450.

Congratulations Gina!

Please visit our stallion book of approved Irish Draught and Irish Sport Horse Stallions.

Kings Ransom produces Winning Offspring

Kings Ransom owned by our member Kitty Tougas is a lovely Irish Sport Horse Stallion who is also registered and approved bronze premium Canadian Sporthorse Stallion.

He has a wonderful temperament, and has won numerous conformation classes including the Governor Generals Cup.

Congratulations to this wonderful stallion and his owner.

He produces winning offspring ( Escada II below) please look at our stallion book for contact information to order fresh cooled and frozen semen

King's Ransom's offspring filly won champion at Thunderbird Showpark 2011 at 1.15m and 2nd at 1.20mm jumping


 "Escada II" by King's Ransom approved Irish Draught Sport Horse

Farewell to Jumbo’s breeder and Ledbury master, Archie Smith-Maxwell

The breeder of one of the highest-ranking event sires of all time died peacefully at home last week (22 November) at the age of 86.

Archie Smith-Maxwell bred the Irish draught-thoroughbred stallion Jumbo, who evented to advanced level with Andrew Nicholson. His progeny include 2012 Burghley champion Avebury and triple 4-star winner Headley Britannia.

In 2010, Mr Smith-Maxwell was presented with awarded the British Equestrian Federation’s Meritoire award for a lifetime’s contribution to British sport horse breeding.

He was also a master of the Ledbury for a decade and was involved in the breeding of the hounds for more than 30 years.

His son Philip told H&H that he was a “great man” and that he had taken great pleasure in the week before his death in seeing his wedding present to his granddaughter Alexandra Dunn — a racehorse called Holy Veil — come in 4th at Wolverhampton.

This news story was first published in Horse & Hound magazine (28 November 2013)
Originally published on 30th November 2013


2o13 highlights of Irish Draught Stallion "Kilronan's Glenstone"

Kilronan’s Glenstone, seven year old Irish Draught Stallion in some of his 2013 competitions. Click here to read a write up on the highlights of 2013 for this lovely stallion and his progeny.

Congratulations Larry and Michelle Robbins on a great year!

Kilronans Glenstone

"People Who Make a Difference"

Our very own membership/treasurer was awarded the Ontario Equestrian Federation "People Who Make a Difference" award Nov  23, in recognition of her 50+ years of volunteering with the Canadian Pony Club.

Pictures and formal announcement to be posted at

Congratulations (and thank-you) Lesley!!

Please Congratulate the owners of the following stallions that have just had their RID(CAN) status confirmed by Ireland:

Beeston Laird (Beeston Lord Henry x Beeston Bowhill)

Breeder: Archie Smith-Maxwell

Owner: Pat Orgas

Brave Heart (O'Leary's Irish Diamond x Kilbline)

Breeder: Robert DuBois 

Owner: Debbie Fullilove, Deanfield Farm

Bridon Beale Street (Mountain Pearl x Graceland Pride)

Breeder:Brianne & Elizabeth Sells 

Owners: Shirley Kahlert & Connie Arthur

Bridon Glenmore (Glenlara x Flagmount Belle)

Breeder: Brianne Sells 

Owner: Bridon Irish Draughts LLC

Dandelion Diamond Rebel: (Rebel Yell x Ballyhehan Beauty)

Breeder: Lucy Stevenson, Dandelion Farm 

Owner: Irvin L Crawford II

In Shining Armor (Glenlara x Westfield Beauty)

Breeder: Nikko Konyk, Westglen Farms

Owner: Nikko Konyk, Westglen Farm

Kilronan's Glenstone (Glenlara x Little Gem)

Breeder: Larry & Michelle Robbins, Kilronan Irish Draughts

Owner: Larry & Michelle Robbins, Kilronan Irish Draughts

Manu Fortis Touch Down (Touch of the Blues x Kerryoak Lady Dawn)

Breeder: Doug & Simone MacKay, Manu Fortis Farm  

Owner: Rick & Kate Triplett, Homesick Angels Farm

Moorpark Image (Moorpark Boy x Rockbarton Beauty)

Breeder: Patrick Costello 

Owner: Frank R. Olivito, Abbeymore Irish Draughts

PL Diamond Hill (Coille Mor Hill x Ballygarris Black Diamond)

Breeder: Patrick Shorthill 

Owner: Charles & Diane Player, Playland Farm

RID(CAN)is a special transitional status given to horses approved as RID prior to harmonization. Stallions with RID(CAN) status have identical rights and privileges as those holding Class 1 status.


Congratulations to all!


Cheryl Anderson

Registration Officer

Stallions that have just had their Class 1 status confirmed by Ireland

Rhyd's Sea Quest (Sea Crest x Ginger Anne) has been granted Class 1 status

Lionwood Kinsale's Lad (O'Leary's Irish Diamond x Bonnie Belle Supreme) Class 1 Gold (Dressage).
Breeder: Elizabeth Freeman DVM Owner: Ken Haley, Kinsale Farms.
Harkaway Lionhawk (Snowford Bellman x Roma Blue Hawk)
Class 1 Status
Breeder: Maggie Tyler Owner: Antony Phillips and Sarah Bright-Phillips, Belltower Stud

It's the Luck of the Irish (Flagmount King x Maggie's Last) Class 1
Breeder: John Shortill Owner: Charles & Susan Yates, Tully Cross Farm

Sonrise Genesis (Winmaur Sargeant Pepper x Winmaur Over the Top) Class 1
Breeder: Belltower Stud Owner: Antony Phillips and Sarah Bright-Phillips, Belltower Stud

These horses join Steeped in Luck (Class 1, Gold dressage) and Jaunty Star (Class 1, Silver Eventing).


Congratulations to the owners of the following horses on the results of the 2012 Irish Draught Horse Society of Canada inspections:

A Real Gem (Glidawn Diamond x Gurraun Mijanou) Class 1 Irish Draught mare with Bronze merit for jumping

Dandelion Meadowlark (Harkaway Lionhawk x Heathercombe Silver Satin) Class 1 Irish Draught mare

Benmar Nightingale (Bridon Belfry x Roma Blue Hawk) Class 2 Irish Draught mare

Manu Fortis Lady Blue (Touch of the Blues x Kerryoak Lady Dawn) Class 2 Irish Draught mare

Blue Lady of Pairadox (Loguestown Bluesman x Ducal State Emblem) Class 2 Irish Draugth mare

Fourwinds Restless Comet (Garryowen of Suma x Suma’s Patience) Approved Irish Draught Sport Horse mare,  Grade up Register.


Provisionally Approved Irish Draught Sport Horses, subject to completion of registration requirements goes to:

OPS Kitten 2009 mare (Garryowen of Suma x Kit), with merit for jumping

OPS Rogan 2009 Gelding (Déjà Vu x OPS Raven)

Hawksview Siobhan 2009 mare (Garryowen of Suma x Daisy)


Congratulations and many thanks to Inspectors, Dr Charlotte Moore and John Butler.

Many thanks also to all who were so very helpful during our first HSI-approved inspections!

  “Manu Forts Lady Blue” (Touch of the Blues x Kerryoak Lady Dawn) owned by Kathryn Hicks of Stouffville Ontario, being evaluated by the inspectors

 Butler explaining evaluation of the conformation of the front leg (using A Real Gem) with Dr Charlotte Moore, inspector and owner Gail Pletsch looking on

Other Member News:


The Irish Draught Horse Society of Canada is pleased to announce JAUNTY STAR(Alice's Diamond Slipper RID x Kitty O'Sullivan RID) has obtained CLASS 1
STATUS, with SILVER merit for Eventing. Jaunty Star was bred by Mr T. A.Storr (Llwyndafydd, Wales) and is owned by DKH Sport Horses of Buck Creek,Alberta.
Jaunty Star is a 9 year old bay stallion currently competing at preliminarylevel of eventing in Canada and the USA.
He joins Grange Bouncer (GoldMerit) in the elite ranks of Irish Draught stallions holding merit for their
own performance in eventing. Jaunty Star obtained his silver merit based onsuccess in competition at the Fair Hill, the Ocala
and the Rocking Horse
horse trials.

Jaunty Star is the only Irish Draught stallion holding Silver Merit for hisown performance in Eventing at this time. In 2011, he was named high point
champion at preliminary level and in 2010, reserve high point champion forthe province of Alberta. Jaunty Star stamps his progeny with a kind
temperament, correct conformation, 3 clean gaits and strong athleticism.For more information, please contact
Kim Hughes at PO Box 17 Buck CreekAlberta Canada T0C 0S0, or by email at


April 2012 Eight year old Stallion Lionwood Kinsale’s Lad RID completed his USDF Level 4 Performance Certification requirements with a Blue Ribbon 69.5 score in Level 4/3 at the Wellington Grand Finale Dressage Show in Florida  USA.
To add to this breakaway performance he received scores of “8’s” on his pirouette’s, an outstanding feat for a Purebred ID Congratulations to Kinsale Farms and Angus


The IDHSC is thrilled to announce that Steeped in Luck is now recognized in the world-wide Irish Draught studbook as an ID Class 1 stallion, with GOLD merit.

Steeped in Luck (Eamon) is owned by Keith and Elizabeth Douglas of Pairadox farm, and was bred by James Lee of Co Louth in Ireland. "Eamon" is the first Stallion in North America to be granted Class 1 status through harmonization with the Canadian Studbook.

He is also the first Irish Draught stallion, and presently the ONLY Irish Draught stallion world-wide to be granted gold merit based on performance in Dressage. In addition, "Eamon" was named to Canada’s high performance long list for 2012. (Dressage Canada uses the High Performance short and long lists to determine which horse/rider combinations are most qualified to receive financial and other support from Equine Canada that aids in their development to represent Canada in international High Performance dressage competitions.)

Congratulations to Keith, Elizabeth and to James. Please go to for more information on this remarkable stallion.