New venue for ID show
Irish Draught breeders will be able to avail of top-class facilities at the forthcoming Irish Draught Horse Breeders' National Show on August 29 as it moves to a brand new venue at Punchestown Racecourse.
Boasting a prize-fund of €8,000, the show has several new classes this year, including one for Traditional Irish Horses. This is open to Irish Draughts and horses of traditional breeding, with a minimum of 25pc Irish Draught blood.
Other feature classes include the FBD Mare of the Future Championship, for three and four-year-old mares, and the National Irish Draught Foal Championship.
All champions will receive Bucas merchandise, while the breeder of the supreme champion will win a pair of Dubarry boots.
The venue at Punchestown not only offers easy access just off the M7 at Naas, but it also boasts level grass arenas for the in-hand classes and a large all-weather arena for the ridden classes which include novice and performance working hunters, and ridden Irish Draughts. See www.idhba.ie for full details.