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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 Mix, Gelding, 7 years, 16.2 hh, Bay-Dark Stunning 16.2hh Irish sport horse for sale
F: METROPOLE(KWPN) | MF: BARON DE CHANTEPIE SF
Eventing - Leisure - Hunter - Jumping
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Westmeath
€15,000 to €25,000
price range ~$17,592 to $29,320
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Irish Sport Horse, Mare, 4 years, 16 hh, Brown Leisure - Dressage - Jumping
Harald & Kristina Geissler
DE-64521
Groß-Gerau
€7,200
~ $8,444
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Irish Sport Horse, Gelding, 6 years, 16.1 hh, Brown
F: ADAM LV | MF: CLOVER HILL
Eventing - Jumping
DE-21376
Luhmühlen
€25,000 to €40,000
price range ~$29,320 to $46,912
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Irish Sport Horse, Gelding, 10 years, Chestnut-Red
F: GREIPUR FRÁ LÖNGUHLÍÐ | MF: STÍGANDI FRÁ HÓLKOTI
Gaited - Leisure
Bockholts-Hoff GmbH Co KG
DE-29640
Schneverdingen
€10,000 to €15,000
price range ~$11,728 to $17,592
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Irish Sport Horse, Gelding, 8 years, 16.1 hh, Brown Leisure - Dressage - Jumping
DE-32657
Vossheide
€4,750
~ $5,571
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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
Jumping
Nathan Daly
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Kerry
€12,000
~ $14,074
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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
~ $9,265 ONO
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Irish Sport Horse, Mare, 4 years, 15.2 hh, Brown
F: ABBEYFIELD COMER | MF: NIGRASINE (GBR)
Jumping - Dressage - Leisure - Eventing
Gerty Tynan
IE-R32 AE79
Mountr
€9,950
~ $11,669
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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
~ $9,265 ONO
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Irish Sport Horse, Mare, 4 years, 16 hh, Brown Leisure - Dressage - Jumping
Harald & Kristina Geissler
DE-64521
Groß-Gerau
€7,200
~ $8,444
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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
Jumping
Nathan Daly
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Kerry
€12,000
~ $14,074
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Irish Sport Horse, Gelding, 12 years, 15.1 hh, Gray Leisure - Driving
Wolfgang Distel
DE-31008
Elze Esbeck
€4,800
~ $5,629
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Irish Sport Horse, Mare, 5 years, 15.3 hh, Dun
F: TULLABEG FUSION | MF: CAVALIER TOM
Jumping - Dressage - Leisure - Eventing
DE-42799
Leichlingen
€15,500
~ $18,178
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Irish Sport Horse, Gelding, 6 years, 16.1 hh, Brown
F: ADAM LV | MF: CLOVER HILL
Eventing - Jumping
DE-21376
Luhmühlen
€25,000 to €40,000
price range ~$29,320 to $46,912
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Irish Sport Horse, Mare, 5 years, Smoky-Black Leisure - Dressage - Jumping - Breeding
DE-32657
Lemgo
€4,250
~ $4,984
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Irish Sport Horse, Gelding, 9 years, 13.3 hh, Chestnut
F: ONBEKEND
Leisure - Dressage - Jumping
Rick de Jong
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susteren
€6,500
~ $7,623
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Irish Sport Horse, Mare, 4 years, 15.2 hh, Brown
F: ABBEYFIELD COMER | MF: NIGRASINE (GBR)
Jumping - Dressage - Leisure - Eventing
Gerty Tynan
IE-R32 AE79
Mountr
€9,950
~ $11,669
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Irish Sport Horse, Mare, 7 years, 16 hh, Brown Leisure - Breeding
DE-32657
Vossheide
€3,500
~ $4,105
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Irish Sport Horse, Mare, 3 years, 16 hh, Brown Leisure - Dressage - Jumping - Breeding
DE-32657
Vossheide
€4,000
~ $4,691
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Irish Sport Horse, Gelding, 9 years, 16 hh, Brown Leisure - Dressage - Jumping
DE-41372
Niederkrüchten
€6,500
~ $7,623
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Irish Sport Horse, Gelding, 4 years, 15.2 hh, Gray-Dapple Eventing - Dressage - Jumping - Hunting
Amy Derber
GB-SN5 0AG
Wiltshire
£12,500
~ $17,158
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Irish Sport Horse, Mare, 5 years, 14.2 hh, Dun Eventing - Dressage - Jumping
Oulartleigh Equestrian
IE-y21x893
wexford
€5,000
~ $5,864 ONO
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Irish Sport Horse Mix, Gelding, 3 years, 14.1 hh, Dun Dressage - Jumping - Eventing
Oulartleigh Equestrian
IE-y21x893
Wexford
€7,500
~ $8,796 ONO
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Irish Sport Horse, Gelding, 6 years, 17 hh, Bay-Dark
F: EMPEROR AUGUSTUS | MF: NIGRASINE
Eventing - Dressage - Jumping
Oulartleigh Equestrian
IE-y21x893
wexford
€30,000
~ $35,184 ONO
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Irish Sport Horse, Gelding, 8 years, 16.1 hh, Brown Leisure - Dressage - Jumping
DE-32657
Vossheide
€4,750
~ $5,571
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Irish Sport Horse, Gelding, 3 years, 16.3 hh, Brown Dressage - Leisure - Jumping - Hunting
DE-32657
Vossheide
€7,500
~ $8,796
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Irish Sport Horse, Mare, 5 years, 15.1 hh, Gray-Dapple
F: SILVER SHADOW | MF: FANTASTIC LIGHT
Eventing - Dressage - Leisure - Jumping
Gerty Tynan
IE-R32 AE79
Mountrath
€9,500
~ $11,142
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Irish Sport Horse, Gelding, 4 years, 17 hh, Chestnut-Red Dressage - Leisure
FIRST-TEAM Pferdeverkauf
DE-48612
Horstmar
€5,000 to €10,000
price range ~$5,864 to $11,728
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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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