Farm Ireland

Tuesday 24 April 2018

Sport horse young guns make the grade

Caitriona Murphy

Caitriona Murphy

Provisional results from the Horse Sport Ireland (HSI) stallion inspections show that four new young sport horse stallions have achieved the 'preliminary approved' status.

Two thoroughbred stallions impressed the inspections panel enough to be listed as 'approved', as did one pony stallion, while six Irish Draught stallions reached Class 1 status.

Among the four Irish Sport Horse stallions to get the 'preliminary approved' badge were Sligo Candy (ISH), a 2009 stallion by Balou du Rouet (OLD) out of a Conley (HOLST) mare and owned by Padraig Howley.

He was joined by Portlaois First Tuch, by Errigal Flight (ISH), out of a mare by Ard Black Cat (ISH), owned by David Molloy.

Next up was Dawn Lux, Lux Z (HANN), out of a Clover Hill (ID C1) mare. Dawn Lux is owned by Thomas P Meagher.

David Gallagher's Hector van d Abdijhoeve also made the step to the 'preliminary approved' ranks.

The 2007 stallion is by Cabrio van de Heffink (HOLST), out of a mare by Utrillo van de Heffink (BWP).

The two thoroughbred stallions approved were Ann Lambert's Robin de la Maison and William Smyth's Viking Silver, while the Des Harrington pony Ti Chip also made the grade.

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Of the six Irish Draught stallions that achieved Class 1 at the inspections, Beechmore Silver Crest was the youngest, at three years old.

The other five stallions to reach Class 1 were Ceide Prince, Cloneyhea Paddy, Drishane Diamond, Western Blues and Darragh Moylough Vision.

The stallions Cobra (HOLST), Lucky Valier (ISH), Quidam Junior (KWPN), Stetter (KWPN) and Tolan R (KWPN) were also formally approved when they completed their linear profiling at Cavan.

Full profiles of all these stallions will be carried in next week's Farming Independent.

Event horses in focus at Carlow breeding event

Teagasc and Connolly's Red Mills are set to host a breeding seminar for event horse breeders in the Talbot Hotel, Carlow tonight at 7.30pm.

On the agenda for discussion will be the demands of the sport, the state of the market and challenges facing breeders.

The speakers will include Sally Parkyn, Carol Gee, Harold Lusk, William Micklem and Des Barnwell, as well as Teagasc's Declan McArdle and Wendy Conlon, and nutritionists from Connolly's Red Mills. Admission is €10. Contact Declan McArdle on 087 6831876 for more information.

Irish Independent