Farm Ireland

Saturday 24 February 2018

Stallions given HSI approval at Cavan judging

eight horses receive highest ranking

Caitriona Murphy

Caitriona Murphy

A busy two days at the Horse Sport Ireland stallion inspections at Cavan Equestrian Centre recently saw almost 50 stallions brought forward for judging by the inspection panel.

Among the inspectors were Comdt. John Ledingham, Jack Doyle, Marion Hughes, Alastair Pim, Maurice Coleman and Philip Scott for Irish Sport Horses and Ger O'Sullivan, Liam Cotter, Marily Power and Michael Ryan for Irish Draughts.

After a gruelling two days, eight stallions received the 'Approved' rating in the Irish Sport Horse Studbook.

Three of the stallions – Viking Silver (TB), Ti Chip (ISH Pony) and Robin de la Maison (TB) were approved by the panel based on their conformation, movement and athleticism both in hand, loose and under saddle.

Five more 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.

Between them, these five stallions already have 27 Irish Sport Horse progeny competing nationally and internationally.

Four stallions – Sligo Candy Boy (ISH), Dawn Lux (ISH), Hector van D'Abdijhoeve (BWP) and Portlaoise First Tuch (ISH) – impressed the inspection panel enough to secure the 'Preliminary Approved' rating. These stallions can reach 'Approved' status by the age of 12 years, providing they have a sufficient performance in open competition, or progeny performance, in the coming years.

Today, we focus on the 12 'Approved' and 'Preliminary Approved' stallions that made the grade at Cavan. Meanwhile, six Irish Draught stallions were awarded 'Class 1' status at the inspections and full profiles of these stallions will be featured in next week's Farming Independent.

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