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Why is the Irish Sports Horse So Popular?

The Irish Sports Horse has become a very popular breed indeed, taking its superb temperament of honesty and docility from the Irish Draught coupled with its athleticism, speed and endurance from the Thoroughbred.  Irish Sport Horses are divided into three types; light weight, middle weight and heavy weight.  The type wanted often depends not only on the weight of the rider but also the activity to be pursued, be it hunting, showjumping or dressage.

Irish Sport Horses with 3/4 to 7/8 TB are popular prospects for the highest levels of Eventing and Show Jumping. In addition to exceptional jumping ability they are lovely, loose movers with plenty of gallop and stamina, which is why they are so highly sought after by top event riders around the world.  There have been some incredibly famous and successful Irish Sports Horses over the years

Traditionally Irish Sports Horses take longer to mature than most other breeds and sadly this has had an impact on sales and thus many Irish breeders have responded to market demands and instead of sending their Irish Draught mares to quality Thoroughbred stallions are sending them to Warmbloods.  The horses can still be registered as Irish Sport Horses as the only requirement is that the sire of the foal is approved by the Irish studbook.  Therefore anyone can breed a warmblood mare to a warmblood stallion, and as long as the foal is born in Ireland, it can be fully registered as an Irish Sport Horse and receive a green registration book. Consequently, the average buyer is often unaware they are not getting a true Irish Sport Horse.  There is an argument that the Warmblood part breeds should be registered in their respective stud books and those registered as Irish Sport Horses should only be those which are of true Irish Draught and Thoroughbred decent or there is potentially a risk of losing sight of the true identity of the breed altogether. We would recommend researching the lineage of the horse to ascertain its breed make up prior to purchase.  It is also strongly advisable to give young horses the time to develop and mature irrespective of their breed.

Below is a selection of the Irish Sport Horses currently listed for sale and loan with Right Horse Right Home.

 

Super Fun 16hh Irish Sports Horse

For Sale
£5,000 West Beechhill Scarlet - Irish Sport Horse

West Beechhill Scarlet is born out of Ricardo Z and she is 14 years old. We have owned her for the last 4.5 years and…

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16hMare14 Years Old4.5 Years Owned

Super Dressage Gent / Hack / RC

For Sale
£600 Rathmanna Rebel (Teddy) - Irish Sport Horse

15.2 h 12 yrs gelding lovely chestnut dressage horse competing prelim BD affiliated with great results Not a novice ride can be bit spooky, great…

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15.2hGelding12 Years Old3.5 Years Owned

Well Schooled Allrounder ISH

For Loan, For LWVTB
£2,000 Eric - Irish Sport Horse

Eric. owned since 4yrs old, very well schooled. Has evented to BE90 and done all RC activities. Strong hunter type. Not done much in last…

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16.3hGelding12 Years Old8 Years Owned

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