Irish Sport Horse Studbook Does It Again

  • 16 October 2014, 11:25

The Irish Sport Horse Studbook has topped the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses (WBFSH) eventing studbook rankings for the 2014 season, which runs from 1st October 2013 to 30th September 2014. Since the WBFSH rankings were established in 1994, the Irish Sport Horse Studbook has taken top spot in the eventing rankings for 19 of the last 21 years.

The highest placed Irish Sport Horse in the 2014 rankings, Kilronan (ISH) who finished in ninth place, recorded a fourth place finish at Badminton earlier this year. Ridden by Paul Tapner (AUS), Kilronan (ISH) also competed at the World Equestrian Games 2014 finishing in individual fifteenth.

Our second Irish Sport Horse representative in top the twenty is Paulank Brockagh (ISH). The 2014 Badminton winner is also the fifth highest placed eventing mare in the 2014 rankings.  Paulank Brockagh (ISH) also represented Team Australia at this year’s World Equestrian Games ridden by Sam Griffiths (AUS).

Ranked in twenty-first place, the season highlight for Ballynoe Castle RM (ISH) was finishing third in the Rolex Kentucky CCI 4* in April, improving one place on last year’s fourth.

In twenty-second is the winner of the 2014 Rolex Kentucky CCI 4*, Bay My Hero (ISH), who also finished fourth at Burghley with William Fox-Pitt (GBR).

Ridden by Australia’s Bill Levett, Improvise (ISH) is ranked twenty-third. Having placed ninth in Luhmuehlen CCI 4* this year, Improvise (ISH) went on to record a sixth place finish at Burghley CCI 4*.

Six horses contribute to the final WBFSH Studbook rankings each year. Electric Cruise (ISH) is our sole Irish-ridden representative from those top six horses. Partnered by Joseph Murphy, Electric Cruise (ISH) finished in eighth place at Pau CCI 4*. The combination represented Ireland at the World Equestrian Games 2014 and were members of Irish teams that competed in the FEI Eventing Nations Cup at Ballindenisk and Aachen this year.

2014 has been an incredible year for the Irish Sport Horse in eventing. The recent success of Irish Sport Horses during the KBIS British Eventing Young Horse Championships at Osberton International Horse Trials offers further encouragement.

Horse Sport Ireland would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our dedicated breeders and producers on this fantastic achievement.

WBFSH Eventing Studbook Rankings:

Rank Studbook Points
1st Irish Sport Horse Studbook 1254
Rank Horse Sire Points
9th Kilronan (ISH) Ghareeb (TB) 238
17th Paulank Brockagh (ISH) Touchdown (ISH) 217
21st Ballynoe Castle RM (ISH) Ramiro B (BWP) 210
22nd Bay My Hero (ISH) Cult Hero (TB) 209
23rd Improvise (ISH) Master Imp (TB) 206
42nd Electric Cruise (ISH) Cruising (ISH) 174


Breeding of the above Irish Sport Horses:

  • Kilronan (ISH) – 2001 gelding by Ghareeb (TB) out of Ramble Way (ISH), by Diamond Lad (ID). Bred by Patrick Fenlon, Co. Kilkenny. Owner: Paul Tapner & Penny & Fred Barker. Rider: Paul Tapner (AUS)
  • Paulank Brockagh (ISH) – 2003 mare by Touchdown (ISH) out of Calendar Girl (ISH), by Triggerero (TB). Bred by Paula Cullen, Co. Wicklow. Owner: Mr & Mrs S Posford, Mrs J Carter & Sam Griffiths. Rider: Sam Griffiths (AUS)
  • Ballynoe Castle RM (ISH) – 2000 gelding by Ramiro B (BWP) out of Ballyvaldon Natalie (ISH), by Blue Laser (TB). Bred by Sylvester Cullen, Co. Wexford. Owner: Cassandra Segal. Rider: Bruce Davidson Jnr (USA)
  • Bay My Hero (ISH) – 2003 gelding by Cult Hero (TB) out of Bing Power (ISH), by Tomgar Power Crest (ISH). Bred by Bryan Maguire, Co. Wexford. Owner: Catherine Witt. Rider: William Fox-Pitt (GBR)
  • Improvise (ISH) – 2004 gelding by Master Imp (TB) out of Diamond Wood (ISH), by Marwood (TB). Bred by Anastasia Lawlor, Co. Kilkenny. Owner: Ali Butler, Elisabeth Murdoch & Jenny Levett. Rider: Bill Levett (AUS)
  • Electric Cruise (ISH) – 2001 gelding by Cruising (ISH) out of Kilnamac Sally (ISH), by Clover Hill (ID). Bred by James J Ryan, Co. Tipperary. Owner: Noel Good, Jill Andrews, A O’Callaghan & Michelle Nelson. Rider: Joseph Murphy (IRL)
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