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Irish Sport Horse for sale

Ireland has been famous for the quality of its horses since medieval times when the fast Irish hobby was much sought-after. After WWII, as many of the world’s horse breeding nations turned their attention to the production of sports horses, it was inevitable that Irish breeders would produce their own version based on the bloodlines of the world-famous Irish Draught Horse and Thoroughbred. Leading equestrians in all three major competitive spheres, show jumping, dressage and eventing, often opt to buy an Irish Sport Horse. The breed excels at eventing, and producers often sell an Irish Sport Horse for this purpose.

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Irish Sport Horse, Mare, 1 year, Chestnut OUTSTANDING YEARLING FILLY
F: BEACH BALL | MF: HOEKS LUDU
Working Equitation - Jumping - Eventing - Hunting
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Ireland
€7,000
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Irish Sport Horse, Mare, 5 years, 16.2 hh, Bay TALENTED EVENT/SJ 5 YEAR OLD
F: ME BIG CAT | MF: DREAM
Eventing - Dressage - Jumping - Working Equitation
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Ireland
€25,000
~ $29,242
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Irish Sport Horse, Mare, 10 years, 15.2 hh, Brown Leisure - Dressage - Jumping - Breeding
DE-32657
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~ $5,263
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Irish Sport Horse, Gelding, 11 years, Chestnut SUPERLATIVE 11YR OLD SJ
F: VDL ARKANSAS | MF: BIG SINK HOPE
Working Equitation - Dressage - Jumping - Hunting
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Ireland
€17,000
~ $19,884
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Irish Sport Horse, Mare, 7 years, 16 hh, Brown Leisure - Breeding
DE-32657
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Irish Sport Horse, Stallion, Foal (06/2021), 17 hh, Bay Blackshires Amadeus
F: BLACKSHIRES ARES | MF: GAZEBO XX
Working Equitation - Dressage - Hunter - Hunting
Blackshire Equestrian Centre
US-55065
Randolph, MN
$8,000
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Irish Sport Horse, Gelding, 10 years, 17 hh, Black Smart ISH 120m SJ/1.10m Eventer
F: HOEKS LUDO W | MF: RNE SHORE
Eventing - Jumping - Hunting - Working Equitation
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Ireland
€23,320
~ $27,276
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Irish Sport Horse, Gelding, 3 years, 16.1 hh Beautiful 3 yrs Comme il faut
F: COMME IL FAUT | MF: NABAB DE REVE
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€12,000
~ $14,036
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Irish Sport Horse, Gelding, 12 years, 16.1 hh, Brown Leisure - Dressage - Jumping - Hunting
DE-32657
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Irish Sport Horse, Gelding, 10 years, 17 hh, Black Smart ISH 120m SJ/1.10m Eventer
F: HOEKS LUDO W | MF: RNE SHORE
Eventing - Jumping - Hunting - Working Equitation
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Ireland
€23,320
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Irish Sport Horse, Gelding, 1 year, Chestnut Stunning Event YearlingWorking Equitation - Jumping - Eventing - Hunting
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Ireland
€6,000
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Irish Sport Horse, Gelding, 3 years, 16.3 hh, Bay Super, sober 3 year oldEventing - Jumping - Hunting - Working Equitation
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Ireland
€14,000
~ $16,375
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Irish Sport Horse, Mare, 5 years, 16.1 hh, Bay Scopey 5 year old 16.1hh ISH MareEventing - Jumping - Hunting - Working Equitation
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Ireland
€25,000
~ $29,242
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Irish Sport Horse, Gelding, 5 years, 17 hh, Bay Fabulous 17hh 5 years ISHWorking Equitation - Jumping - Eventing - Hunting
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Ireland
€15,000
~ $17,545
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Irish Sport Horse, Gelding, 11 years, 17 hh, Brown
F: MANHATTAN | MF: CRUISING
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MennrathS Auktionen für Pferde und Landwirtschaft
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Irish Sport Horse, Gelding, 3 years, 15.2 hh, Pinto Dressage - Leisure - Jumping - Hunting
Pferdevermittlung May NRW UG
DE-41334
Nettetal
€7,900
~ $9,240 ONO
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Irish Sport Horse, Gelding, 5 years, 16.2 hh, Bay SUPER 5 YEAR OLD QUALIFIED FOR DUBLIN
F: SPARTACUS TN | MF: CLINTON
Working Equitation - Jumping - Eventing - Hunting
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Ireland
€40,000
~ $46,786
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Irish Sport Horse, Gelding, 4 years, 16 hh 16hh 4 year old GeldingHunting - Jumping - Trail
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IE-Listowel
Ireland
€8,500
~ $9,942
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Irish Sport Horse, Mare, 14 years, 16.2 hh Fabulous 14 year old 16.2hh MareHunting - Jumping - Trail
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Ireland
€6,250
~ $7,310
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Irish Sport Horse, Gelding, 3 years, 16 hh, Chestnut LOVELY 3 YEAR OLD ISH GELDING
F: POINTILLISTE (USA) | MF: CAPTAIN CLOVER
Working Equitation - Dressage - Jumping - Hunting
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Ireland
€8,500
~ $9,942
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Irish Sport Horse, Gelding, 4 years, 17 hh, Gray FULL RID 17HH 4 YEAR OLD GELDING
F: KILTYBANE NALDO | MF: GURRAUN GOLDEN EYE
Working Equitation - Jumping - Eventing - Hunting
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IE-Listowel
Ireland
€22,500
~ $26,317
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Irish Sport Horse, Gelding, 4 years, 16.3 hh, Black Black RID, 16.3hh. One in a Million!!Working Equitation - Jumping - Eventing - Hunting
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IE-Listowel
Ireland
€30,000
~ $35,090
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Irish Sport Horse, Mare, 2 years, 15.1 hh, Dun GORGEOUS CONNIE X ISH
F: KILROE MERMUS
Working Equitation - Jumping - Eventing - Hunting
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IE-Listowel
Ireland
€5,000
~ $5,848
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Irish Sport Horse, Mare, 3 years, 15.2 hh 15.2hh 3 year old fillyWorking Equitation - Jumping - Hunting
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Ireland
€4,500
~ $5,263
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Irish Sport Horse, Gelding, 12 years, 16.1 hh, Bay SUPERLATIVE HUNTER/SJ/EVENT 16.1HH ISH
F: HERMES DE REVE | MF: CARRICK DIAMOND LAD
Jumping - Eventing - Hunting - Working Equitation
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Ireland
€18,000
~ $21,054
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Irish Sport Horse, Gelding, 5 years, 16.2 hh, Gray VERY QUIET RID 5 YEAR OLD GELDING
F: SUPER BOY
Eventing - Jumping - Hunting - Working Equitation
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Ireland
€22,500
~ $26,317
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Irish Sport Horse, Gelding, 7 years, 16.2 hh, Bay FABULOUS 16.2HH GELDING
F: SIRILLO | MF: GARRISON ROYAL
Working Equitation - Jumping - Hunting
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Ireland
€19,000
~ $22,224
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Irish Sport Horse, Gelding, 13 years, 16.2 hh, Bay Faulous top class 16.2hh SJ/AllrounderWorking Equitation - Dressage - Jumping - Hunting
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Ireland
€14,000
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Use and characteristics of the Irish Sport Horse

The Irish Sport Horse was created from crosses of the Irish Draught Horse and Thoroughbreds. Also sometimes known as the Irish Hunter and the Irish Draught Sports Horse, when equestrians buy an Irish Sport Horse they know these powerful warmbloods have nearly two centuries of selective breeding behind them. The Irish Sport Horse developed after WWII from earlier crosses of Irish Draught and Thoroughbred, with the addition of some Trakehner, Hanoverian and Selle Français lines in the 1990s. Irish Sport Horses stand 15 hands (60 inches/152 cm) to 17 hands (68 inches/173 cm) high.

Origin and history of breeding Irish Sport Horses

The Irish Draught Horse, which is the foundation of the Sport Horse breed, was always more of a utility type than a true draught horse. Strong enough to work on a farm yet attractive enough to ride on the social round, draw a carriage and go hunting, the Irish Draught was a powerful, clean-legged breed with a handsome head. They were also good jumpers across country, facing up to the demanding banks and ditches of the Irish countryside effectively. Thoroughbreds played a part in the creation of the Irish Draught from the beginning. In the middle of the nineteenth century, a line of Ulster horses known as the Harkaway Horses, descendants of a Thoroughbred stallion called King of Trumps and Irish Draught mares, were famous. The Irish Draught was in risk of decline after the famine of 1847, and subsequently Clydesdales and Shires were brought in both to work the land and to cross breed with the Irish Draughts. In the early years of the twentieth century, the Irish Draught Horse had developed into a distinctive hunter-type that was also an invaluable cavalry and artillery horse. The Book for Horses of the Irish Draught Type was established in 1917, and the breed gained its own society in 1976. Irish Draught cross Thoroughbred horses were known as some of the finest hunters in the world throughout the twentieth century. It was important that the Irish Draught type retained its qualities and was not absorbed into other breeds, since it is the ID cross with the Thoroughbred that creates the excellence of the Irish Sport Horse.

Irish Sport Horses in equestrianism

Leading Irish Sport Horses that have competed successfully at international level include US eventer David O’Connor’s gelding Custom Made, winner of Badminton and member of the gold medal winning team at the Sydney 2000 Olympics. Special Envoy, ridden by Rodrigo Pessoa, was a highly successful show jumper, winning many international Grand Prix events. He was also a member of the gold medal winning team at the 1995 Pan American Games. The grey Shear L' Eau was highly successful with eventer Leslie Law, winning Bramham in 1999, being twice in the top three at Badminton, and taking team gold at the European Championships.

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