The 2021 HSI stallion selections took place over two days on March 9/10 at Cavan Equestrian Centre. In total 44 stallions were presented for inspection, nine Irish Sport Horse, 15 Foreign-bred, 18 Irish Draught, one Thoroughbred, and one pony.
In the Irish Draught selection, 18 stallions were presented for inspection and six achieved Class 1 status. In addition, Black Hero was Approved for the Irish Sport Horse Studbook having met all the requirements.
Four stallions were approved by the Irish Sport Horse Studbook, these were high-performance stallions presented for linear profiling that met all the requirements to be included in the Irish Sport Horse Studbook.
Of the 21 stallions presented for Stage 1 for the Irish Sport Horse Studbook, 11 met the requirements, with nine of these stallions, including two from previous years, went on to present for the Stage 2 assessment of which seven met the requirements to be classified as Preliminary Approved.
One stallion was presented for the Irish Sport Pony Studbook and met all the requirements to be included in the Irish Sport Pony Studbook.
Commenting on the 2021 inspections, Alison Corbally, HSI Director of Breeding and Programmes, stated “In 2021, in addition to the Covid-19 restrictions of running behind closed doors and additional testing requirements, we took extra precautions to safeguard the stallion participants due to the recent EHV 1 outbreak in Spain. All owners were required to declare that the premises from which their stallions had travelled had received no horses from continental Europe since February 1. Unfortunately, this meant that we lost two stallions, but ensured that all other horses were safeguarded. Additional precautions, such as Covid-19 testing for all staff, arena party, and inspectors were also implemented. I would particularly like to thank all participants for their co-operation with these additional requirements this year... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber
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