Colthurst foal will ben­e­fit from in­spec­tions’ amnesty

Irish Independent - Farming - - HORSES -

“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.


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.

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