RDS Dublin Horse Show 2011 - Irish Draught Stallions


I headed into Dublin last week to go to the RDS Dublin Horse Show ... definately a horsey highlight of the year for me! I was there on Thursday which of course means Blossom Hill Ladies' Day, I didn't get particualarly dressed up as I went on the spur of the moment ... but there were some fabulous ladies, dresses and fascinators on show. The winner, Yvette Byrne from Co. Carlow, wore a dress she designed herself! The prize included a trip to California and Napa Valley (home of Blossom Hill) worth €10,000 and she even gets €1,000 spending money! Lucky lady ... I really have to make the effort next year and look the part!

Thursday also means the Irish Draught Stallion parade ... a breed I adore and go a bit loopy for! There were 13 stallions in the parade and they were all stunning, well behaved and have such a presence about them. The judging class was on Friday so I missed that. I did however jot down who I thought should make the top 3 and was really happy to find I got 2 out of the 3 right! Let's hope my eye for great stallions stays with me in the future! I took a few photos so thought I'd share :)



Winner of the RID stallion class at the RDS in 2010
Grade A showjumper with 249 SJI points
Chestnut, born in 2002
Height : 175.5 cms with 23 cms of bone




279 Come T
Was reserve champion at the RID National Show in 2005
Is an outcross RID stallion
Grey, born in 1996
Height : 162 cms with 21 cms of bone





Winner of the RID stallion class at the RDS in 2006
Grey, born in 1999
Height : 168 cms with 23 cms of bone




Liver Chestnut, born in 2008
Height : 166 cms with 22.3 cms of bone
Only recently approved at a stallion






Fourth place in the RID stallion class at the RDS 2011
Complete outcross RID stallion
Grey, born 2005
Height : 165 cms with 22.8 cms of bone





Black, born 2003
Height : 167 cms with 22.5 cms of bone







Outcross stallion
Guaranteed to breed only grey offspring
Grey, born 2002
Height : 171.5 cms with 22.5 cms of bone




Winner of the RID stallion class at the RDS in 2008 & 2011
Was sold to the USA and was bought back by Mr. Eddie Murphy
Chestnut, born 1998
Height : 165 cms






286 Ballineen It's William
Only a recently approved stallion
Was the highest placed youngster, finished 7th out of 13 stallions
Liver Chestnut, born 2008
Height : 170 cms with 24 cms of bone




Was third place in the RID stallion class at the RDS in 2011
Second place in the RID stallion class at the RDS in 2010
Complete outcross stallion
Grey, born 2003
Height : 166 cms with 23 cms of bone





Grade A showjumper with 208 SJI points
Grey, born 1999
Height : 168 cms with 23 cms of bone






Grey, born 2002
Height : 168 cms with 22 cms of bone






Second place in the RID stallion class at the RDS in 2011
Fourth place in the RID stallion class at the RDS in 2010
As a yearling was supreme champion at Corrandulla and Galway county shows.
Grey, born 2006
Height : 169 cms with 24 cms of bone
Some fantastic looking horses in there and I know which stallions I have my heart set on to use in the future! I was always a big Cappa Casanova fan but I really liked the look of Tors Gentleman Farmer and was thrilled when he won. I was surprised that Gortfree Hero wasn't placed but I didn't see the class so maybe he wasn't on form on the day? It's a class I would really like to see myself competing in sometime in the future with a lovely big RID that I bred myself ...  ahhh a girl can dream!

The results :
1st - 285 Tors Gentleman Farmer
2nd - 306 Cappa Casanova
3rd - 287 Cappa Cochise
4th - 282 Clewbay Bouncer
5th - 284 Moylough Bouncer
6th - 283 Heigh Ho Dubh
Reserve - 286 Ballineen It's William
Looking forward to next year already!

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