Irish horses are distinguished by their development of bone, and for their clean, correct
conformation. They appear to have more guts than many of the foreign breeds, but that is
really just natural talent and ability. That ability is what has singled out the Irish
horse and made it into one of the countrys best regarded exports.
One of the greatest contributions of the Irish Draught to the horse world has been as the
foundation in breeding the traditional, and still great, Irish hunter. Today the Irish
Draught is sought after for its breeding qualities, being used more and more to get
extra bone and substance in the progeny of the lighter type mare. When crossed with the
thoroughbred, the Irish Draught is the basic ingredient of the Irish Sports Horse.
This highly successful cross has the heart, athleticism and keen intelligence of the
Thoroughbred, coupled with the calm, sensible temperament from their Irish Draught blood.
They are well known for their great durability, soundness, stamina and strength together
with elegance and looks.
Irish Sport horse has a tremendous gallop with plenty of speed, exceptional jumping
talent, and has been bred for centuries to run and jump and go across the countryside.
These horses have acquired a justified reputation for performance and soundness and is
currently found in a large proportion in top class competition horses in a wide range of
disciplines, including dressage, show jumping and eventing.
Horses of Irish Draught decent have been valued for centuries as hunters. However, their
excellent temperaments also make them invaluable for amateur, nervous or novice riders.
The even temperament, durability and athleticism of the Irish Draught,
upgraded in crosses with the thoroughbred, has created a potent mix
which is well up to the demands of modern day competition. This has been
well proven with such horses as Cruising, Custom Made, Moon Man, Mill
Pearl, Ado Annie, Star Appeal and Giltedge. The Irish Sport Horse truly
reigned supreme at the 2002 Badminton Horse Trials, with Supreme Rock
taking first place honors, followed by Shear H20 finishing third.
Supreme Rock repeated at the winner in 2003! The Irish Horse has been
bred to excel in every sphere, as well as to bring pleasure and
enjoyment to all who rely and take pleasure from their horses. Could you
ask for more?