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Irish-based stallions rule in British young horse sire rankings

Published 09/01/2013 | 06:00

Irish-based stallions dominated the young horse sire rankings compiled by British Eventing in 2012.

A staggering 15 of the top 20 stallions of four- to eight-year-old event horses in Britain have either stood or are still standing at stud in Ireland.

The late Ghareeb (TB), who passed away in August last year, is the highest ranked Irish-based stallion in the rankings, lying in fourth place.

The striking bay was a son of Dancing Brave out of Dayajeer, a Shirley Heights mare. Ghareeb was the leading Irish Shows Association sire in 2008 and 2009 and ranked fourth in the 2011 British Eventing stallion rankings for five- and six-year-old event horses.

He was the sire of numerous show champions and top event horses, including Mark Kyle's London Olympics ride Coolio.

Other Irish-based stallions to make the top 20 include Master Imp (also deceased), Puissance, Harlequin du Carel and many more (See table for full listing).

The Irish Sport Horse Studbook is currently the leading studbook in the world for eventing, with Mr Medicott (ISH) the number one event horse in the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses (WBFSH) rankings for 2012.

At the London Olympic Games, 13 Irish Sport Horses represented seven different nations in eventing, with four of these recording top-10 finishes.

"The recently published British Eventing sire rankings of young horses highlight the dominance of Irish-based stallions' progeny in eventing, with 15 of the top 20 sires being Irish based," said Horse Sport Ireland chairman Joe Walsh.

"This, in addition to the 31 Irish Sport Horses selected for the FEI World Breeding Championships for Young Event Horses at Le Lion d'Angers in France in October, would indicate that this positive trend is set to continue."

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