Sport horse young guns make the grade
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.