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The Irish Sport Horse is considered Irelands, most successfulrncompetition horse.  The selective breedingrnof Draught bloodlines with Sport horse breeds and thoroughbred produces a trulyrnexceptional equine athlete that excels and competes to the very highest levels inrnequestrianism.  Renowned worldwide for theirrnwonderful temperaments and wiliness to work rnthe Irish Sport horse is a horse of distinction.

rnrnThe Irish Sport Horse is considered Ireland’s most successfulrncompetition horse.  The selective breedingrnof Draught bloodlines with Sport horse breeds and thoroughbred produces a trulyrnexceptional equine athlete that excels and competes to the very highest levels inrnequestrianism.  Renowned worldwide for theirrnwonderful temperaments and wiliness to work, the Irish Sport horse is a horse ofrndistinction. With its longstanding and proven track record including Olympic legacies,rnthe Irish Sport horse’s performance, durability, and competitive longevity seesrnthe studbook retaining number 1 in World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses (WBFSH)rnof which it holds 14 titles over 16 consecutive years. This consistency at the highestrnlevel over this number of years is a proven testimony to sporting excellence.

With Ireland’s long tradition of hunting and showjumping it isrnnot surprising that the Irish Sport Horse possess an innate talent for the equestrianrnsports of showjumping and eventing.  The mainrncomposite breeds of the Irish Sport Horse are the Irish Draught and the Thoroughbred.  Varying proportions of these breeds result inrnthe production of Irish Sport Horses. In recent years there has also been an infusionrnof continental warmblood breeds into the Irish Sport Horse.

The Irish Draught and Thoroughbred has proven to be a very successfulrncross and gives the Irish Sport Horse it’s unique, and much sought after, characteristics.  The Irish Draught Horse gives our sport horsesrnstrength, intelligence and a kind temperament, which are reflected in their performancernand ability.  The Thoroughbred blood bringsrnathleticism to the breed and enables them to compete successfully at the highestrnlevel of every equestrian discipline.

rnrn rnrnIn recent years there has also been an infusion of continentalrnwarmblood breeds into the Irish Sport Horse. Since the dawn of showjumping in IrelandrnIrish Sport Horses have been found competing at the highest level.  Horses such as Boomerang, Ryan’s Son, Cruising,rnand more recently, Flexible, Castlefield Eclipse, Lisona, and Roller Coaster havernmade their mark in the sport of show juming. For generations Irish horses have alsorndominated the eventing circuit and captured the hearts of the equestrian world.  Who could forget the magical performances of Biko,rnCustom Made and Supreme Rock and more recently horses such as Mr Medicott and ImperialrnCavalier, to name but a few.  Apart from itsrnsuccess at international level the Irish Sport Horse is an ideal leisure horse.  Its ability to look after and help its rider inrnany situation makes the breed a safe and popular choice for the amateur rider.

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