New blood: Ballinasisla Stud is gearing up for a busy breeding season
For over 30 years now, the Fitzgeralds of Ballinasisla Stud have been breeding top-class sport horses, amongst them Coolcorran Cool Diamond and Jokers' Girl.
They have also stood a number of successful stallions such as former international show jumpers Clover Flush, and more recently Royal Concorde.
This coming breeding season, however, is expected to be one of their busiest yet with the arrival of three new stallions to their base near Bonmahon in Co Waterford.
In addition, they already run a busy facility offering semen for both internationally-based sires and Irish showjumpers such as Hallowberry Cruz, as well as a thriving boarding yard for broodmares.
"We really are delighted that UIysses m2s, Mermus R and Hermes De Reve will also stand with us this year," commented Richie Fitzgerald, who runs Bonmahon Sport Horses along with his father Francis.
"We've had a tough few months, having lost our lovely stallion Master Blue during the summer, and to be honest, at times I was ready to throw in the towel," he continued.
"But we've to put that all behind us now in preparation for the season ahead which we hope will be busy with four stallions now at stud."
Last summer, the family had thoroughly enjoyed following the success of Bonmahon Master Blue competing on the international showjumping circuit with Captain Michael Kelly before tragedy struck in August when he succumbed to colic. It proved to be a bittersweet few months as one of his progeny, Bonmahon Blue Canyon, soon afterwards emerged as the highest-placed five-year-old in Sweden.