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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 breeding 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 Irish Thoroughbred. Leading equestrians in all three major competitive disciplines, show jumping, dressage and eventing, often opt to buy an Irish Sport Horse. The breed excels at eventing, and breeders often sell an Irish Sport Horse for exactly this purpose.

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Irish Sport Horse Mix, Gelding, 13 years, 16.2 hh, Bay Jumping - Dressage
GB-sa15 4pf
Llanelli
€15,000 to €25,000
price range ~$16,101 to $26,834
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Irish Sport Horse, Gelding, 13 years, 16.2 hh, Brown Leisure - Jumping - Dressage
Alex Wulf
DE-32657
Vossheide
€5,500
~ $5,904
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Irish Sport Horse Mix, Mare, 4 years, Bay Eventing - Hunting - Jumping
Chilver House Stables
GB-PE32 1ES
Bawsey, Kings Lynn
£9,750
~ $12,227
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Irish Sport Horse, Mare, 3 years, 15.2 hh Eventing - Trail - Hunting - Jumping
Chilver House Stables
GB-PE32 1ES
Bawsey, Kings Lynn
£6,750
~ $8,465
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Irish Sport Horse, Gelding, 9 years, Bay Eventing - Jumping - Hunter
Areh Sport Horses
GB-WA3 4NQ
Barwell
£16,000
~ $20,065
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Irish Sport Horse, Mare, 4 years, 16.1 hh, Chestnut Lady Roller
F: CAMPAIGN SWING | MF: HIGH ROLLER
Jumping - Trail - Hunting
Rock House Stables
IE-F91P026
Sligo
€8,750
~ $9,392
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Irish Sport Horse, Mare, 3 years, 16.1 hh, Bay Eventing - Jumping - Hunter - Dressage
Areh Sport Horses
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Barwell,
£7,500
~ $9,405
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Irish Sport Horse, Gelding, 5 years, 16.2 hh, Brown Hunting - Jumping - Leisure
FIRST-TEAM Pferdeverkauf
DE-48612
Horstmar
€10,000 to €15,000
price range ~$10,734 to $16,101
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Irish Sport Horse, Gelding, 12 years, 16.2 hh, Black Eventing - Hunting - Jumping
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GB-TN32 5QP
East Sussex
£15,000
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Irish Sport Horse, Mare, 5 years, 16.1 hh, Bay Eventing - Hunting - Jumping
Nagero Irish Sport Horses
IE-V 31
Listowel
€22,000
~ $23,614
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Irish Sport Horse Mix, Gelding, 5 years, 16.1 hh, Gray Eventing - Hunting - Jumping
Nagero Irish Sport Horses
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Listowel
Price on request
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Irish Sport Horse, Mare, 4 years, 14.1 hh, Dun
F: ROSSCON CASTLE KING | MF: EVROS
Leisure - Jumping - Dressage
Happy Sporthorses
NL-6003 RG
Weert
€6,900
~ $7,406
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Irish Sport Horse, Mare, 4 years, 16 hh, Brown
F: GOLDEN MASTER (IRE) | MF: TOUCHDOWN (ISH)
Jumping - Hunter - Leisure - Dressage
Raderhof
AT-9722
Gummern
€8,800
~ $9,446
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Irish Sport Horse, Mare, 7 years, 15.2 hh, Bay-Dark ClaraJumping - Trail - Hunting
Rock House Stables
IE-F91P026
Sligo
€3,750
~ $4,025
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Irish Sport Horse, Gelding, 7 years, 17 hh, Bay-Dark Carneyhaugh Digit
F: CONNOR 48 | MF: MISTER BOND
Jumping - Hunting - Eventing
Rock House Stables
IE-F91P026
Sligo
€7,500
~ $8,050
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Irish Sport Horse, Mare, 13 years, 16 hh, Bay-Dark Dixie Chick
F: VINCENZO VAN’T MERELSNEST | MF: CLOVERHILL
Jumping - Trail - Hunting
Rock House Stables
IE-F91P026
Sligo
€5,000
~ $5,367
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Irish Sport Horse, Gelding, 6 years, 15.2 hh, Bay Lord Come On
F: LORD FAUNTLEROY | MF: COME ON
Jumping - Trail - Hunting
Rock House Stables
IE-F91P026
Sligo
€7,500
~ $8,050
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Irish Sport Horse, Mare, 5 years, 16 hh, Gray-Dapple Mayday
F: SNIPE | MF: CRUISING
Jumping - Trail - Hunting - Eventing
Rock House Stables
IE-F91P026
Sligo
€7,000
~ $7,514
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Irish Sport Horse, Stallion, 4 years, 16 hh David
F: NUMERO CRUISE | MF: HOLD UP PREMIER
Jumping - Trail - Hunting - Eventing
Rock House Stables
IE-F91P026
Sligo
€8,750
~ $9,392
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Irish Sport Horse, Mare, 4 years, 16.1 hh, Chestnut Lady Roller
F: CAMPAIGN SWING | MF: HIGH ROLLER
Jumping - Trail - Hunting
Rock House Stables
IE-F91P026
Sligo
€8,750
~ $9,392
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Irish Sport Horse, Mare, 11 years, 16.1 hh, Chestnut Dermish Quality Cruise
F: OBOS QUALITY | MF: CRUISING
Jumping - Trail - Hunting
Rock House Stables
IE-F91P026
Sligo
€6,500
~ $6,977
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Irish Sport Horse, Gelding, 10 years, 16 hh, Bay-Dark Jumping - Dressage
GB-NN69TR
Hannington, Northamptonshire
£15,000
~ $18,811 Negotiable
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Irish Sport Horse, Mare, 4 years, 16.1 hh, Sorrel Eventing - Hunting - Jumping
Chilver House Stables
GB-PE32 1ES
Bawsey, Kings Lynn
£8,500
~ $10,659
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Irish Sport Horse, Mare, 5 years, 15.2 hh, Bay-Dark Eventing - Hunting - Jumping
Chilver House Stables
GB-PE32 1ES
Bawsey, Kings Lynn
£5,000
~ $6,270
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Irish Sport Horse, Gelding, 4 years, 16.2 hh, Bay Eventing - Hunting - Jumping
Chilver House Stables
GB-PE32 1ES
Bawsey, Kings Lynn
£12,500
~ $15,676
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Use and characteristics of Irish Sport Horses

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 the 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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