Famous Irish Draught Horses
The following is a list of famous Irish Draughts and Irish Draught Sport horses. They have proven themselves in Show Jumping or Eventing, and/or have consistently produced International caliber progeny. These are the stars of yesterday, today, and the future. While not all of these horses are registered with the IDHSNA, their Irish Draught blood would meet the minimum requirements to be eligible for registration.
Clover Hill RID (Golden Beaker TB x a mare by Tara RID)-Foaled in 1973, this stallion is another pillar of performance Irish Draughts. From 1990-1995 he ranked 16th on the IHB’s list of sires of successful show jumpers. Today, his legacy continues through his sons and daughters who continue to be successful in the show jumping arena. Coille Mor Hill RID (Clover Hill RID x Lawrencetown Lassy RID) currently a Grade A show jumper, earning over 900 points in Irish competition. He is one of the leading sires for performance horses today.
King of Diamonds RID (Errigal RID x Ruby RID) Foaled in 1962, this stallion is one of the pillars of performance Irish Draughts. When he died in 1991, he ranked 7th on the Irish Horse Board’s list of sires of successful show jumpers. He has over 40 approved sons who carry his legacy on today.
Sea Crest RID (Knockboy RID x Sea Spray RID) A grade "A" show jumper, Sea Crest was a winner at all major shows throughout Ireland including 3rd in Millstreet Young Irelander, 2nd in the 4 Year Old Discovery Ireland. He has twenty five progeny eventing and show jumping at international level, including Cruising tenth in the world and the third leading stallion. Hoochi Koochi Spanish Team at the Atlanta Olympics and Spanish Champion. Nires Crest the Scandinavian Champion, Ladaka Burley 1996 - The Irish One - Burley 1996 - Mexican Wave - Wembley Working Hunter, and many others. Sea Crest has fifty four winners of sixty five classes and many placings at the R.D.S. horse show, (in show jumping, performance, and showing classes). Sea Crest's off-springs are now performing throughout the world and are widely sought after.
Ado Annie IDSH (Errigal Flight ISH x Coolrain Princess ISH) bred by Frances Sheeran, Glebe, Coolrain, Portlaoise, Co. Laois. This 1993 chestnut mare is well known in International Show Jumping competition. She was a World Cup competitor for the USA in 2003, with rider Will Simpson for El Campeon Farms. She was sold BACK to Ireland in 2005 and is now competing for Ireland.
Cruising IDSH (Sea Crest RID x Mullacrew ISH) – 1985 grey stallion bred and owned by Hartwell Stud, Co. Kildare, Ireland. This 1985 grey stallion has earned over 700 Show Jumping points, and is the sire of numerous Graded show jumpers worldwide. As of 1999, Cruising is ranked 8th among show jumpers world wide as reported by World Breeding Federation of Sport Horses.
Carling King IDSH (Clover Hill RID x Gortnageer Star ISH) 1991 chestnut gelding bred by Dr. PJ Geraghty, Co. Galway, Ireland. Ridden by Kevin Babington. His notable performances are: 8th at the 2002 World Equestrian Games; 4th individually at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, along with multiple international Nations Cup winnings in 2003 and being crowned the 2001 Samsung Nation’s Cup leading horse.
Free and Clear IDSH (Mountian Pearl RID x Rare One TB) bred by Pairadox Farm of Ontario, Canada. This 2000 bay gelding Ridden by Phillip Dutton, took the title in the five-year-old division of the 2005 USEA/Spalding Labs Young Event Horse Series Championships with a score of 85.3.
McKinlaigh IDSH (Highland King ISH x Kilcumney Hostess ISH) bred by Y. Walsh and owned by Gina Miles and Thom Schulz. This 1994 liver chestnut gelding is a multiple CCI*** event winner with recent wins including Rebbecca Farm CCI*** and ROLEX.
Sir Rivie RID (Sea Crest RID x Ginger Anne RID by Ginger Dick RID) Sea Crest himself was a Grade A show jumper, and is most notable as the sire of the ISH stallion Cruising. Ginger Anne combines the blood of Ginger Dick (another Grade A showjumper) and King of Diamonds. Sir Rivie is currently a Grade A showjumper, earning over 380 points in Irish Competition, and is being looked at as a sire of performance horses for the future.
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