By Antonette Doran / HSI
Graphics: Laurence Dunne/jumpinaction
The 2020 Horse Sport Ireland Stallion Selections took place in Cavan Equestrian Centre on March 10/11, when a total of 30 stallions were presented for inspection, eight Irish Sport Horse stallions, 19 Irish Draughts, two Thoroughbreds, and one pony stallion.
Of the 11 stallions presented for Stage 1 for the Irish Sport Horse and Irish Sport Pony Studbook, four met the Stage 1 requirements on the first day. This includes an in-hand conformation assessment using linear profiling, while movements are assessed on the triangle then on a hard surface, followed by a loose or ridden athleticism assessment.
Three Irish Sport Horse stallions met the Stage 1 requirements and were presented for Stage 2 assessment on Wednesday where they were ridden by their own rider and subsequently by Capt. Geoff Curran, the test rider for the Irish Sport Horse Stage 2 assessments. The four-year-old Lithium V.S. (Etoulon VDL [KWPN] x Guidam[SF], and the five-year-old Kaiden Leva WD both met the criteria and were classified as Preliminary Approved.
Commenting on the 2020 inspections, Alison Corbally, HSI Director of Breeding and Programmes, stated, “There was strong representation of 19 Irish Draught stallions who came forward for inspection this year, eight Irish Sport Horses, two Thoroughbred’s and one pony. The preparation and turnout of all stallions was excellent, and on which both inspection panels commented. I would like to acknowledge the effort put in by the stallion owners and their support staff in producing these young horses so well. I hope that breeders, will consider using these newly classified stallions and give them an opportunity to start their breeding careers with good mares.”
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