Win­ning streak

Mayo farmer Sean Ruane has won three ti­tles this year with his Irish Draught mare, Robeen Lass, re­ports

Irish Independent - Farming - - HORSES -

WHEN Co Mayo sheep and cat­tle farmer Sean Ruane picked up his first ever Irish Draught mare, Robeen Lass, from her breeder Peter McHugh eight years ago, lit­tle did he know that he had the po­ten­tial of breed­ing a cham­pion in the show ring.

Re­serve cham­pion at Bal­moral and supreme cham­pion at the RDS ear­lier this year, Sean’s six-year-old home-bred mare, Strictly Come Bounc­ing con­tin­ued her win­ning streak at the Na­tional Irish Draught Show in Punchestown last week to crown an in­cred­i­ble run of suc­cess for her con­nec­tions.

“It has been a fan­tas­tic few months,” Sean said. “All of that is down to Liam Lynskey who has pro­duced the mare for me since she was a year­ling.”

Al­ready the dam of seven foals by the time Sean made the shrewd pur­chase, Robeen Lass, by Gle­nagyle Rebel, went on to pro­duce a fur­ther four foals for Sean, among them Strictly Come Bounc­ing, a daugh­ter of the RID sire Moy­lough Bouncer.

“Robeen Lass had four filly foals for me in to­tal,” Sean re­calls. “Two were sold on but I re­tained both Strictly Come Bounc­ing and her half-sis­ter by Grange Bouncer for breed­ing.”

Strictly Come Bounc­ing was first sent to Liam Lynskey as a year­ling, and from there her show­ing ca­reer flour­ished. She fin­ished in the top four at the All-Ire­land Cham­pi­onships for three con­sec­u­tive years be­fore be­ing crowned both RDS cham­pion mare and Mare of the Fu­ture in 2015.

“Sadly she didn’t get to de­fend her crown in 2016 due to in­jury but we were de­lighted that she won Dublin again this year,” com­mented Liam Lynskey, who is thrilled to be as­so­ci­ated with such a qual­ity brood­mare.

This year Strictly Come Bounc­ing was shown with her filly foal by Pikatchu which has qual­i­fied for the Tra­di­tional Irish Sport Horse Foal All Ire­land Cham­pi­onship at Mount­bellew next week­end.

Both of Sean’s mares are now scanned in foal to Der­ry­ro­nane Stud’s Class 1 sire Knockaleery Dancer.

Mean­while, the RID stal­lion Gort­free Lake­side Lad con­tin­ued his in­cred­i­ble run of form in the show ring by claim­ing the rid­den cham­pi­onship for reg­u­lar rider Brian Mur­phy be­fore go­ing on to be crowned Na­tional Irish Draught per­for­mance cham­pion un­der Brian’s first cousin Linda Mur­phy.

A son of the for­mer RDS cham­pion Gort­free Hero, the five-year-old has al­ready picked up sev­eral ma­jor wins this sea­son, in­clud­ing the per­for­mance ti­tle at the Dublin Horse Show and rid­den cham­pion at the IDHS Breed Show in the UK.

(above) To mark his of­fi­cial re­tire­ment from show­ing, well­known Irish Draught en­thu­si­ast Ken Bryan was pre­sented with a framed pho­to­graph of his late stal­lion Rosheen Yeats by show chair­man Michael Mur­phy, IDHBA pres­i­dent David Cosby, Paddy McCarthy of the Cork/ Kerry Branch and IDHBA chair­man Damien Kenny; (left) Brian Mur­phy takes a lap of hon­our on Gort­free Lake­side Lad, winner of both the rid­den and per­for­mance ti­tles and then re­serve supreme cham­pion of the show.

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