Farm Ireland

Thursday 22 March 2018

Broome's tip to breeders

David Broome on Irish bred horses:

"If I want to buy a pound of apples, I will go to the best shop for buying apples. The problem for Ireland is that your showcase horses are not doing the business," British showjumping legend David Broome told more than 160 delegates at the Showjumpers Club/Connollys Red Mills seminar last week.

"The best horses are being bred in Belgium, Holland, France and Switzerland at the moment. But there is no need to reinvent the wheel, try and copy what the successful ones are doing.

"I don't know much about breeding horses but the way I look at it, these days if you want to buy a car you tell them (car companies) what you want and they build it for you.

"Equally, you need to think about what you want in a showjumper and breed those qualities into your horse. You want a good temperament, a good mouth, good technique and lots of ability.

"These days those boys on the continent will tell you that if you're not asked £1m for a horse, the horse is no good!" he told the conference. "A real good one or 'the one' will cost you £10m!"

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