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Saturday 3 December 2016

Stallion owners critical of late move on inspections

Published 09/03/2016 | 02:30

Stallion owners feel it is "too little too late" after Horse Sport Ireland confirmed the annual spring stallion inspections suspended last November will now go ahead next month.

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Considerable pressure had been mounting on the issue from stallion owners and breeders across the sport horse industry.

After a lengthy meeting of the HSI breeding sub-board last Friday, it was agreed to have the spring inspections re-instated for 2016.

They will take place at Cavan Equestrian Centre on April 19 and 20. The closing date for applications is Tuesday, March 29.

"It's too late now as I have already sent over my two stallions for the British equivalent later this month," said renowned Irish Draught breeder Jimmy Quinn.

After the HSI inspections were suspended three months ago, he and several other established Irish Draught stallion owners were forced to make alternative arrangements to have their animals inspected abroad, and hopefully passed, in time for the 2016 breeding season here in Ireland.

Seven stallions were due to travel to Warwickshire later this month, but now it is believed that only three stallions from here will be put forward for the Irish Draught Horse Society (GB) inspections on March 23.

Mr Quinn will present the three-year-old Cappa Amadeus, by Cooloo Crest, and the six-year-old Cappa Emperor, by Creggan Emperor.

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Northern Ireland show horse producer Kenny Bell, meanwhile, will present his three-year-old Castleview Inishfree Farmer, by Tor's Gentleman Farmer.

Disappointing

Commenting on the decision, Mr Bell said: "I have paid up all my fees for the inspection and so I intend to go as planned.

"Sue Benson and everyone at the IDHSGB have been very good to me, but it is very disappointing the way this was handled over here. It has been such a waste of everyone's time."

Mayoman Liam Lynskey had entered his own colt by Crosstown Dancer and another three-year-old by Grovesnor Lad for James Murphy, but is now considering his options.

Before Christmas Mr Lynskey had informed HSI of his intent to go to the UK, but he had also made it clear that he would still present his stallions here in 2016, but only if it was under the current system.

"HSI had proposed all of these changes but these were all going to take time to implement, especially for the Irish Draughts considering our studbook is harmonised with the British, Canadian and American equivalents."

Last Friday the breeding sub-board agreed to re-instate both the mare and stallion inspections for 2016, but stressed that the system would need an overhaul for 2017.

It is proposed that stallions being presented for both the ISH and ID Studbooks will undergo a tougher regime, with stallions no longer receiving Approved or Class 1 status based on inspection alone.

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