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Irish Draught Horse Society revamps site

The Irish Draught Horse Society of New Zealand has made a fresh start online with a brand-new website showcasing the breed. One of the original New Zealand equine organisations to take to the Internet, the society recently revamped its website to include more news, information, and services to members and visitors. The revamped site, at, was designed by equine web design specialists Horsetalk, and is also hosted by Horsetalk.

Breeders also now have an opportunity to have a page within the site, which is proving an affordable way for those with smaller studs to have an online presence, says society president Colin Price. "Our new site offers more possibilities for the society and our breeders to promote their horses, and the breed," he says. "Breeders can have their own sites or pages within our site, and we are now also offering a sales section, and an area for form downloads."

News from the society and beyond is updated on the site after each newsletter is produced, and back copies of the newsletter will be available.

While the breed carries the name "Draught", it is far removed from its early origins as heavy horse. Now, the breed is known as a tough and versatile sport horse. Only purebreds are known as Irish Draughts, while the progeny of the cross between a Thoroughbred and an Irish Draught is classified as an Irish Hunter. There are currently three registered Irish Draught stallions in New Zealand, and several Irish Hunter stallions.

Irish Hunters can be registered at any age, and anyone owning such a horse is welcome to contact the society for information. "We run several competitions and offer prizes for Irish horses who perform well in open company at shows and performance competitions. The only proviso is that the horses are registered," Mr Price says.

Successful New Zealand Irish-bred performers include Nufarm Alibi (eventing), Kings Ransom, Te Mania Jolly, Goodness Gracious (Showjumping) and Thornfields Irish Impressions, Joe Bolido, Summertime (showing) Eight of Diamonds, Komplete Kaos (dressage).

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