CapallOir breeding database is an essential tool
For breeders mulling over their choice of sire in 2014, one essential tool in the box should be the CapallOir website, which contains 360,000 records from the Irish Horse Register.
Run by Horse Sport Ireland, CapallOir contains studbook and pedigree data from the Irish Draught, Irish Sport Horse and Kerry Bog Pony studbooks, as well as pedigree information on miniature ponies and donkeys.
Since November, members of the public can carry out a basic search for a horse, while registered users can log in and buy credits to carry out more comprehensive searches.
When you search for a particular horse, you can generate a four-generation pedigree and progeny report on your computer screen. This report can then be e-mailed to you or used to create a PDF document for printing.
In cases where horses have competed under Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), Showjumping Ireland (SJI), Eventing Ireland (EI), or Association of Irish Riding Clubs (AIRC) rules, there will be a link directly to that horse's results in the relevant database.
This is a huge amount of valuable information from a breeding perspective, and also from a marketing perspective when selling horses from your breeding programmes.
For Irish Draught breeders, CapallOir also tells you the genetic diversity percentages of Irish Draught stallions and mares in Ireland, Australia and Canada.
This helps to identify rare bloodlines so that they can be preserved, giving the Irish Draught breed the broadest possible base while also preserving its unique and traditional characteristics.