This St. Patrick’s day, people all over the world will be Irish for a day and celebrate the special place that is Ireland. Many horse lovers know that this beautiful country also heralds beautiful horses with some breeds that are special to Ireland only. Come along with Golden Oak Stables and explore the lovely land of Ireland and the amazing horses that live there!
Many youth riders start off with a pony of their own, in Ireland, this pony is the Connemara Pony. These compact little sport ponies come from Ireland and are all heart and soul. The Connemara Pony has become a favorite mount for both pleasure riding and competition for both children and adults. The Connemara Pony is a horse with a lot of soul and a lot of talent. Typically, Connemara Ponies are known for their grey or bay coats and their sleek sport pony looks.
Many eventing, dressage and show jumping fans are familiar with the Irish Warmblood, the Irish Draught, and the Irish Sport Horse. These breeds have evolved through careful Irish breeding to become some of the best sport horses in the world. The Irish Draught was bred to pull carriages originally and is the heaviest of the three sport horses. These horses today are often used in competition and show great talent in many disciplines. The Irish Warmblood is a relatively new breed, established in 2009, and brings the power of Irish horses into a Warmblood. These lovely horses are already competing and dominating in the younger horse circuit, who know’s what the future holds! Last, but certainly not least is the Irish Sport Horse, which was bred from both the Irish Draught bloodlines along with the Thoroughbred. This combination has created a horse with exceptional strength, power and precision!
Ireland surely brings some amazing horses to the equestrian world. What Breyers do you think represent Irish breeds well?