Stallion owners critical of late move on inspections
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.
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.