How many of these facts would you have know before, eh?!
- The Irish Draught is the only native breed of horse in Ireland
- The world renown show jumping horse, the Irish Sport Horse, is a crossbreed between a Thoroughbred and an Irish Draught.
- An Irish Draught, Carling King, came fourth in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens for show jumping.
- Over the generations the Irish Draught has gone by over 25 names such as: Cart Horse, Omnibus, Irish Hunter, and the Half-Bred Horse.
- Today the Irish Draught Horse is classified as an endangered breed and approximately 600 foals are registered in Ireland annually.
- To save the Irish Draught from extinction, the Ministry of Agriculture in 1917 created the Stud Book to register and track the breed.
- The Irish Draught Horse Society (IDHS) was established in 1976, with the sole intention of preventing the breed from becoming extinct.
We hope you learned more about Ireland’s native and prestigious Draught Horse. When we see you at the Dublin Horse show you’ll now have some facts to impress your friends with!
parkbytext are sponsoring the Irish Draught horse classes. The aim of the Irish Draught classes is to showcase the versatility of the Irish Draught Horse and highlight the importance of the leisure horse to the Irish breeding industry.
The Irish draught is Ireland’s indigenous breed of horse and as such has a very special place at the heart of Ireland’s fame as a horse breeding nation.