Category Archives: Breeding

CapallOir online breeding database officially launched

Horse Sport Ireland has now officially launched the CapallOir online breeding database that has been running in its pilot form for several months. The AIRC links in to this database and riding club achievements may now eventually count for something in the performance record of a horse.

Find out more on the Horse Sport Ireland website.

Opportunity to register older horses with known breeding

One of the topics which arose during Friday evening’s showing clinic was Horse Sport Ireland’s current initiative enabling owners to register the breeding of their older horses for a comparatively affordable sum. Basically, if you know the breeding of your horse but didn’t have the means of proving it and therefore only have a white passport, now is your opportunity to verify the breeding and get a green book (provided its pedigree meets the appropriate criteria). Evidence shows that horses with a green book are generally more valuable than horses with white books. Their offspring is also more valuable, if you ever plan to breed.

Find out about the initiative (which only runs to 31 August 2011) on the Horse Sport Ireland website.

Stallion parade at Cavan Equestrian Centre, Saturday 9 April

Cavan Equestrian Centre’s annual National Stallion Parade takes place this Saturday, 9 April. This year it’s on for the day rather than just an evening and has trade stalls and an army equitation display. Erica went to the event last year and found it very good. It should be even better this year and will be enjoyable for anybody with an interest in breeding or just as an equine event. To find out more, see the Cavan Equestrian Centre’s information brochure.

Teagasc young breeders programme 2011

Teagasc and Horse Sport Ireland have announced upcoming training days for Young Breeders throughout February, March and April. These training days are part of the National Young Breeders Competition 2011 programme. Anyone aged between 14 and 25 years that has an interest in horses is welcome to attend the training sessions which will include the evaluation of conformation, movement and jumping ability, as well as training on presenting horses in hand.

Wendy Conlon of Teagasc is careful to point out that young people do not have to be breeders to participate. They should simply have an enthusiasm to learn about assessing and exhibiting horses. It is also an opportunity to broaden thinking through interaction with many different industry experts throughout the country. (None of them very close to Donegal, as usual…)

Further details from Wendy at Teagasc on 087 987 9083 or emailing her at
Teagasc Young Breeders Programme

Teagasc demonstration evenings for mare owners

Teagasc have announced details of dates and venues for upcoming demonstration evenings organised to inform mare owners on the format of this autumn’s mare inspections, what’s involved and how best to prepare. Sligo is our closest venue.

These demo’s will be of interest to anyone with an interest in conformation assessment, loose movement and loose jumping assessment as well as correct turnout, in hand presentation of horses and training for this and loose work. All these aspects will be touched on. The Teagasc equine team will be on hand to offer advice and also Phillip Scott who is currently an inspector for Horse Sport Ireland. Horse Sport Ireland representatives will be on hand to answer queries with regard to the inspections. Bluegrass horse nutritionist will also be there to inform on mare nutrition, condition scoring, and how best to engage and adapt feeding and fittening programmes for inspections which could of course be related likewise to preparation for sales for example.

All sessions are due to start at 7pm sharp and will be finished for 9.30pm. All of these demonstrations are free and all are welcome on the night.

Teagasc Demo Evenings · Download

Your horse’s family tree and photo album

Some of us know the breeding of our horses and some of us don’t. Either way, anybody who has the slightest interest in breeding will find the All Breed Pedigree website pretty fascinating:

The online database contains a vast bank of pedigree details. If you know your horse’s breeding, search for its parents. Marina’s mare, Jenny, is by the Irish Sport Horse, High Roller, while her old star, Teldel, is a blue-blooded Thoroughbred by the American Champion 2-year-old and Breeders Cup Juvenile winner, Gulch. Tanya’s Al is by the Dutch Warmblood, Aldato.

If you know its breeding and its parents are in the database, you can create an entry for your own horse. The sire (Prince of Thieves) and maternal grandsire (Pride of Shaunlara) of Libby’s Fenway were already in the database. By first creating an entry for Fenway’s mother (Aravis), it was possible to enter Fenway himself.

In the case of Connemaras and Irish Draughts, it’s fascinating to see how often Thoroughbreds and Arabs have been used to improve the breed. This is very clear from Fenway’s pedigree and also from Rachel and Libby’s Connemara, Doolin. Just click on one of the ancestors a few generations further back and see the extended family tree from that point. Look a little further at Al’s father’s pedigree and you’ll see that the Dutch used exactly the same methods for improving their Warmbloods.

And if the family tree isn’t enough, check out the drop-down menu on the top left of the site, Reports. Most of the options cost money to view but the option at the bottom, Photos, is available for free. Here you can see photographs of any of the ancestors that have a star against their name in the family tree. Even if you have no personal link to a horse, it’s worth looking at a few just to see the old photographs and drawings.

Registering your horse with HQ

Remember, if you plan to enter any of the AIRC’s national competitions this year, you need to register your horse on the AIRC’s database. It’s very easy to do. Just download the registration form below and send it together with a copy of your horse’s marking sheet to AIRC, 1st Floor, Beech House, Millennium Park, Osberstown, Naas, Co. Kildare. Alternatively you can scan the passport and send it by email instead to NB If your horse’s name is handwritten on the marking sheet, you need to send the naming sheet from the front of the book as well.

AIRC Horse Registration Form · Download

What’s the purpose of the database?

Very little record has been kept of the performance of horses in amateur equestrian activity. The emphasis is all on the professional side of the sport. By keeping a database, the AIRC is recording valuable information which is very important to the equine industry.