Press Release: 20th December 2023
Twelve qualifying shows will take place between March and June 2024 for the new British Horse Feeds Irish Draught Horse Society (IDHS) (GB) Ridden Championship Series, culminating in the final which is to be held at the Agria Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead on 27th July 2024.
Aimed at promoting and highlighting the breed, BHF and IDHS (GB) have combined to secure sponsorship for the series across three years, which provides a fantastic opportunity for purebred Irish Draughts (ID), Irish Draught Sport Horses (IDSH) (minimum 25% ID) and their riders to qualify for the prestigious Agria Royal International Horse Show.
Irish Draught is within the breeding of horses across a multitude of different disciplines, from grassroots to the very top of equestrian sport. At Horse of The Year Show 2023, 31 pure bred IDs competed, with 150 Irish Sport Horses in disciplines including showjumping, Working Hunter, and Hunter classes across the weights. Notably, there were two pure bred and one ISH in the Supreme In-Hand Championship which is very good for the endorsement and awareness of the breed.
Irish Draught Horse Society (GB) Show Director Jane Imbush comments:
“It is clear that the Irish Draught Horse is a breed that has undeniably had a substantial influence in shaping equine sports. It is hard to believe that the breed has recently grappled with the possibility of becoming endangered, primarily because of crossbreeding and undue strain on its foundation stock, threatening its genetic diversity. This concern is most definitely at the forefront of this Championship series.”
Branca Gebbie, Business and Trade Manager for British Horse Feeds adds:
“We have extended the series to also include an Irish Draught Sport Horse class as we believe that this promotes to a wider audience whilst underlining the urgency of preserving the true essence of the Irish Draught breed, through the Pure-Bred class, an objective to which British Horse Feeds is committed to throughout this series sponsorship and collaboration.”
Simon Gaskin, Sponsorship and Marketing Manager at Hickstead says:
“We are delighted to be involved in this series and to host the final at the Agria Royal International Horse Show. It is extremely important to safeguard the Irish Draught’s longevity and the inclusion of Irish Draught categories in the Royal International is in perfect harmony with our shared dedication to preserving and elevating this extraordinary breed.”
Find out more about the twelve qualifiers here.
March 17 date correct
UK Horses And Ponies, Onley Grounds, Warwickshire
April 6 date correct
Sport Horse North West Spring Show, Myerscough College, Lancashire
April 7 date correct
North of England Spring Show, Waren Farm, Formby, Lancashire
April 21 date correct
BSPS Area 5 Three Shires, Vale View, Leicestershire
April 28 date correct
BSPS Area 4b Lincolnshire Spring Show, Newark Showground, Notts
May 6 date correct
IDHS(GB) Yorkshire Show, Camden EC, York, Yorkshire
May 11 date correct
BSHA Southern Spring Show Addington, Buckingham
May 18 date correct
Dumfries and Galloway, Corra Garage Field, Kirkgunzeon
May 19 date correct
BSPS area 13b Chard EC, Somerset
May 18/19 dates correct
Royal Welsh Spring Show, Royal Welsh Showground
June 1 dates correct
Midland Counties, Arena UK, Lincolnshire
June 8-9 dates correct
Derbyshire Festival, Somerford Park EC, Cheshire
June 18 date correct
Royal Cheshire County, Knutsford, Cheshire
About British Horse Feeds
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About Irish Draught Horse Society
The Irish Draught Horse Society (GB) was formed in 1979 by a group of enthusiasts wishing to register their Irish Draught bred horses in Great Britain. The Society has grown enormously since then and is dedicated to the preservation, protection and promotion of the Irish Draught breed. The IDHS (GB) is a Passport Issuing Organisation (PIO), for both pure and part-bred Irish Draughts.
Find out more about IDHS at www.idhsgb.org.uk
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The All England Jumping Course, Hickstead, was the dream and brainchild of one man – Douglas Bunn. Now run by his family, the showground remains one of the premier equestrian venues in the world. Almost every great show jumper, horse and rider, has competed at Hickstead since they first opened their doors in 1960.
The Agria Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead is one of the pinnacles of the summer season. Thousands of equestrian fans flock to the All England Jumping Course to watch international showjumping highlights such as the King George V Gold Cup and the Queen Elizabeth II Cup, as well as showing championships for every type of horse and pony.
Find out more about Hickstead and the Agria Royal International Horse Show at www.hickstead.co.uk
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