Prepared from information supplied by the Irish Draught and Sport Horse Society of Australia
The Irish Draught Horse is sought after for its breeding qualities and is being used increasingly to achieve extra bone and substance in the progeny of lighter type mares. When crossed with the Thoroughbred, the Irish Draught is the basic ingredient of the famous Irish Sport Horse. The Irish Sport Horse is an ideal showjumping and competition horse.
Since showjumping began in Ireland and went on to become an international sport at the end of the 19th century, the Irish Draught Horse has played a major role. The even temperament, durability and athleticism of the Irish Draught, upgraded in crosses with the Thoroughbred, have created a potent mix which is well-suited to the demands of modern showjumping and eventing.
An example of the excellence of the breed can be seen in the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses rankings. In recent years the Irish Draught has been the top breed for eventing and is ranked in the top seven for showjumping.
Those breeding Irish Draught and Irish Sport horses in Australia today aim is to produce a noble, modern, correct, sound and athletic horse with good basic paces that is pleasant to ride and has a good temperament. These horses are capable of being used as a pleasure horse in any discipline for any level of rider, from the novice to the professional, or as a performance horse able to compete in showjumping, eventing and dressage at both national and international level.