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Horse Sport Ireland 2024 Stallion Selections

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Caracas (AHWA) with Jos Verlooy – Valkenswaard GCT 2021

By Horse Sport Ireland / HSI
Photography: Laurence Dunne/JumpInAction; Sportfot

The 2024 Horse Sport Ireland Stallion Selections took place over two days, March 21/22 at Cavan Equestrian Centre. These selections are supported by the Department of Agriculture, Food, and the Marine Equine Technical Support fund.

Across the two days, a total of 39 stallions were presented for inspection, nine Irish Sport Horse stallions, 10 foreign-bred stallions, three Thoroughbred stallions, and 17 Irish Draught stallions. In the Irish Draught stallion selections 17 were presented for inspection from which six achieved Class 1 status.
Five stallions were Approved in the Irish Sport Horse Studbook, four of which were high-performance stallions presented for linear profiling that met all the requirements of the Irish Sport Horse Studbook based on their competition results. Three Thoroughbred stallions were approved, of which two were approved based on their timeform rating, and the third stallion met the Irish Sport Horse Studbook athletic requirements on the inspection day.

Darius Pegiugnon (SF) ridden by Kevin Staut (FRA)
2024 Zangersheide International

Of the 11 stallions that presented for Stage 1 of the Irish Sport Horse Studbook, four of these met the Stage 1 inspection requirements. Four stallions that passed Stage 1 in 2023 returned for their Stage 2 assessment where they were ridden by their own rider, and also the HSI test rider, Damien Grifin. Of these four, three stallions met the Stage 2 requirements to be classified as Preliminary Approved in the Irish Sport Horse Studbook.
Speaking about the standard of horse that presented in Cavan for the Irish Sport Horse, and Irish Draught Horse Studbook inspections, Michael Kirwan, Irish Draught Studbook selection panel chairperson said; “The Irish Draught stallions on March 21 were well presented for their assessment. On the whole, they were well turned out and in good condition, fit enough for their performance element. The whole group showed the kind temperament that the Irish Draught is renowned for; well-mannered and well behaved... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber
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