many other Irish Draught Horse (RID) owners, I have fallen in
love with this unique, noble and talented breed. I find myself
most fortunate to have fallen into
ownership of such an animal.
Garryowen of Suma (Barn name "Shaun"), by Pride of Shaunlara,
out of Carlisheen Molly, by Solohead, bred by the famous Suma
Stud of County Meath, Ireland, born on February 13, 1984, has
been inspected and approved as an Irish Draught Stallion (RID)
here in Ontario, Canada. Thus making him the first RID stallion
in Ontario and one of four in Canada at that time in July of 2003.(pedigree
Shaun, himself, has an interesting
story behind him. He was the top weanling at the Dublin Show in
1984; Carlisheen Molly, his Dam won Reserve Champion mare that
year, and Shaun was bought by a Canadian man and imported as a
yearling at this time. Aware of this great opportunity, but unable
to carry it out, he was then turned out to pasture with a small
Thoroughbred mare and put on the back burner...for many years.
pictures were taken by Shawn Hamilton at Clix
forward to 1991. At this time, Shaun, the TB mare (in foal yet
again), and five young offspring, still grazing in the same pasture,
were transported to our Farm, owned by Barb Bowen. We at Orchard
Park Stables cared for and placed all of the young stock, including
the Mare in foal, to good homes and kept Shaun at our place for
three months training.
was quiet, easy to work with and a gentleman to train, showing
superb ability and potential. He then went back to his owner for
the next seven years, to again be put on the back burner.
On New Year’s eve, 1998, Barb received a
phone call asking if she would like first chance to own this remarkable
and unforgettable horse. Owning five Stallions at the time and
knowing this stallion to be a good horse, my mother didn‘t even
hesitate, and she became the proud owner of the only son of Pride
of Shaunlara in North America at that time.
on New year’s day, Barb, her husband Alan, and a couple of good
friends, took their truck and trailer to fetch her new horse.
When approached in the loafing shed that he resided, Shaun was
wary of his new intruders, but with a loud snort and an arched
neck, put his nose forward, and as that lead shank snapped on
him, he instantly relaxed and was ready to follow. He then jumped
right on the trailer like he had done it every day of his life
and has never looked back.
we have owned Shaun, we have incorporated him into our breeding
program, and I have researched the Irish Draught Horse, realizing
in the process what a treasure we really do have. A good friend
of mine went to Ireland, shortly after we acquired Shaun, and
visited Suma Stud with pictures of him. They recognized him right
away and were thrilled to learn of his whereabouts and glad he
was alive, as they hadn’t heard of him since his departure. After
proving his heritage through DNA and Blood, and going through
an inspection, he is now registered and approved as an RID Stallion.
the inspectors arrived at our farm, they later told us that they
had no idea what to expect from a 19 year old Stallion they hadn’t
heard from in years and hadn’t a show career, or any known offspring.
And when they saw him come out of the barn, they said that they
were indeed pleasantly surprised at his presence, his great condition,
and how well turned out he was.
also mentioned that he was one of the most clean legged horses
they had seen in a long time, and how hardy he was, representing
the RID‘s strength and agility very well.
seeing him on the line, free-jump, and go through a thorough vet
check, they took me aside and complemented me on how wonderful
he was and how impressed they were with him...putting me in tears
as they told me he had passed. At last, everyone else would know
what we had already known for years; that he indeed is a remarkable
and unique soul.
We then presented his offspring for inspection
and advisory inspections, and were delighted when the two inspectors
went out of there way and gave a short clinic, using Shaun as
their model, about the Irish Draught.
this time they explained all about the breed and conformation,
what they expect from an RID and said that it is a great loss
to Ireland that Shaun did not get approved and used at stud much
earlier in his career. Also specifying that Shaun is a traditional
type in conformation which is rare today, and has a full sibling,
known as Coral Sea, in Ireland that competed at the international
level in Show Jumping. They were impressed by his strong ability
to mark every one of his offspring and complimented us once again
on the quality of our young stock.
feel honoured and privileged to own Garryowen of Suma and are
very proud of his offspring to date and will continue to love
and cherish this stallion. I trust there will be many more foals
to come, god willing, and anticipate great accomplishments in
whatever discipline Shaun’s offspring endeavour.
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GARRYOWEN of SUMA RID
IHR #1726587 CH, 1984
IDHS (Can) #1M840016
Pride of Shaunlara
by Sentry RID
Rose RID (5813)
THE IRISH DRAUGHT HORSE By Jodie Gula (July 31, 2003)
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you take a look at the Population statistics of the different
breeds of the world, and then the amount of those in competition
at the International levels, you will find an uncanny ratio in
the Irish horses in comparison to the other Sport Horse Breeds.
Some of the magnificent Irish horses to have competed Internationally
in the past, and who compete today include Hopes are High, Cruising,
Custom Made, Crosstown Dancer, Murphy Himself, Giltedge, Mill
Pearl, Ado Annie, Flash La Silla, Hilton Flight, Cagney and Special
Envoy, just to name a few. What a remarkable achievement for such
the Irish Draught Breed has been in existence for centuries, it
is a native breed and has been recognized as a distinctive breed
since 1917. Irish Farmers bred this horse to be adaptable, out
of necessity. They had to be versatile and durable enough to pull
carts, do some light plough work, while still having the temperament
to be used as the family horse, and be athletic enough to hunt
all day, having the courage to go the distance and jump anything
put in front of them. On top of all of this, they kept weight
on easily and fared well on whatever the farmer had to offer.
The introduction of Farm equipment and the demand for these horses
in Europe during WW1 almost wiped out the entire breed, and even
today there are less than 2000 registered purebreds in the world.
This makes them a rare breed and is currently categorised as endangered.
with many years of selection, we have a very strong, free moving,
horse that stands between 15.2 and 17 hands, that has a natural
jumping ability, a heart of gold, this absolutely wonderful attitude
that makes them a pleasure to train, and a presence of self confidence
that makes you want to watch them forever. To many people, when
they hear the word "Draught", they automatically think,
"Budweiser". I once read that the term "Draught"
was derived from and given to those types of horses, because so
many were drafted into the European Armies. Other articles state
that they believe the term Draught simply means that the animal
works by pulling. Either way, these horses who are far from "Budweiser",
have made their way into the hearts of many owners, from the Amateur
rider to the professional competitor at the international level,
and by breeding to the well known Thoroughbred and other fine
sport horses, produces the Irish Sport Horse.
in the future, we can look back and claim that we played a role,
large or small, in expanding the population of one of the most
talented, unique and certainly the noblest breed on the planet.
I sure hope we can.
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The Irish Draught Horse is an active, short-shinned, powerful
horse with substance and quality. It is proud of bearing, deep
of girth and strong of back and quarters. Standing over a lot
of ground, it has an exceptionally strong and sound constitution.
It has an intelligent and gentle nature and is noted for its docility
Stallions: 15.3 h.h. to 16.3 h.h. approx.
Mares: 15.1 h.h. to 16.1 h.h. approx.
Good, strong, clean bone.
Good, bold eyes, set well-apart, long, well-set ears, wide of
forehead. Head should be generous and pleasant, not coarse or
hatchet-headed, thought a slight roman nose is permissible. The
jaw bones should have enough room to take the gullet and allow
ease of breathing.
neck and front:
Shoulders should be clean-cut and not loaded, withers well-defined,
not coarse; the neck set in high and carried proudly. The chest
should not be too broad and beefy, the forearms should be long
and muscular, not caught in at the elbow; the knee large and generous,
set near the ground; the cannon bone straight and short, with
plenty of flat, clean bone, never back of the knee (calf kneed),
i.e. not sloping forward from knee to fetlock. The bone must not
be round and coarse. The legs should be clean and hard, with a
little hair permissible at the back of the fetlock as necessary
protection; the paster stong and in proportion, not short and
upright nor too long and weak. The hoof should be generous and
sound, not boxy or contracted and there should be plenty of room
at the heel.
hindquarters, body and hind legs:
The back to be powerful, the girth very deep, the loins must not
be weak but the mares must have enough room to carry the foal.
The croup to buttocks to be long and sloping, not short and rounded
or flat topped; hips not wide and plain; thighs strong and powerful
and at least as wide from the back view as the hips; the second
thighs long and well developed; the hock near the ground and generous,
points tot too close together or wide apart but straight, they
should not be out behind the horse but should be in line from
the back and the quarters to the heel to the ground, they should
not be over bent or in any way weak. The cannon bone, etc., as
for the foreleg short and strong.
Smooth and free but without exaggeration and not heavy or ponderous.
Walk and trot to be straight and true with good flexion in the
hocks and freedom of the shoulders.
Any strong whole colour, including greys. White leg, above the
knees or hocks, not desirable.
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