The Hornby Premium is an award given
to exceptional RID mares in England. Two of our mares have
won these awards. Opium Poppy has been awarded two Hornby
Premiums and Heathercombe Silver Satin has received three Hornbys.
The following description of the Hornby Premium was copied from
the 2000 Yearbook of the Irish Draught Horse Society of Great Britain.
The Hornby Premium was devised to recognise the exceptional mares in the breeding herd
and to encourage their owners to breed pure Irish Draughts.
The Premiums are awarded at the Mare Gradings, where the successful mares need
to score a minimum of 125 points, on their own merits, which is
equal to that required for a colt to become a stallion.
Like all great ideas it is both simple and effective. Put the best mares to a
registered Irish Draught Stallion and the resultant foals are
potentially the Stallions and Hornby Premium Mares of the future.
All graded Irish Draught mares are eligible for consideration, providing they have
their own foal at foot, by an RID Stallion. The foal itself
is not taken into consideration when assessing the mare
Source: The Irish Draught Horse Yearbook 2000. I.D.H.S.
(G.B.) 16th Edition. p. 15.