Colthurst foal will benefit from inspections’ amnesty
“IT IS great for the breed and great for our foal,” commented Caroline Myers following the recent amendment of the rules in the Irish Draught Studbook to allow progeny of Class 4 stallions to go forward for inspections.
Previously only progeny of Class 1 and Class 2 stallions were eligible for inspection, with progeny of Class 3 and 4 (uninspected) stallions exempt.
However, much confusion arose when the Colthurst colt, Blarney Quercus, won his championship at the Dublin Horse Show. Under RDS rules he was eligible to compete, but going forward Horse Sport Ireland rules stated he was not eligible for inspection, which the owners believed deemed him unsaleable.
“Following our win at the RDS we received several offers for the colt but the fact that he was not going to be eligible to be put forward put a lot of people off,” Caroline said. “Our intention was to keep him entire.”
By the Class 4 sire Baltydaniel Romeo, the colt boasts some lovely old bloodlines. A six-year-old son of Crannagh Hero, Baltydaniel Romeo goes back to Fast Silver, Silver Hunter and Slievenamon. The dam, Moyglass Colleen, is from the same family as the RID sire King Elvis.
“Elizabeth (Deane) does not agree with the stallion inspection process and therefore he was never put forward, but that doesn’t mean our foal cannot be considered in the future.
“It is great now that the rule has been changed, especially that another by a Class 4 stallion won at the National Show,” Caroline added.
“We are here to protect the breed,” said said, adding they would like him to go to a good home where he will stand as a stallion.
AMENDED RULES FOR STALLIONS
At the recent Irish Draught mare inspections a special amnesty was granted for those going forward by Class 4 sires, or out of Class 4 mares.
Meanwhile, HSI also published updated rules for the classification of stallions, as follows:
CLASS 1 (C1): Stallions that meet the veterinary and inspection requirements. Class 1 stallions are eligible for additional merits (Gold, Silver and Bronze) based on their own performance and their progeny’s performance in a number of disciplines. Stallions that were previously classified as ‘RID’ are classified in this class.
CLASS 2 (C2): Stallions that meet the veterinary requirements but have not met the inspection requirements. Stallions that were previously classified as Section 1 (S1) are classified in this class.
CLASS 3 (C3): Stallions that do not meet the veterinary requirements. Stallions that were previously classified as Section 2 (S2) are classified in this class.
UNINSPECTED: Stallions that have not come forward for a veterinary examination or an inspection of any kind.