Newly approved stallions announced for the Irish Sport Horse Studbook

  • 7 December 2023, 17:39

Horse Sport Ireland, on behalf of the Irish Sport Horse studbook, are delighted to announce the Approval of the high-performance stallions Button Sitte (SBS) and Carrabis Z (Zang) for breeding in Ireland, along with a further eleven stallions that have been Approved or Recognised for breeding either through their own performance or that of their progeny.

Those stallions are:

Alhebayeb (TB),
Bingo Ste Hermelle (SF),
Bonmahon Master Blue (ISH),
Chacco’s Charlie PS (Meckl)
Chaclot (OS),
Ganesh Hero Z (Zang),
JSH Ice Man (KWPN),
Phil v/d Wezelse Heihoeve (BWP),
Tobago Z (Zang),
Uricas v/d Kattevennen (Holst), and
Waldo Van Dungen (KWPN).

For stallions standing outside of Ireland, Recognised is the highest award available to them with Approved being the highest award available to horses physically standing in Ireland.

Richie Moloney & Carrabis Z (Zang) representing Ireland in the 2016 CSI5* Nations Cup in Wellington FL (USA); Photocredit: Sportfot.

Speaking about their approval, Michael Hutchinson of Ballyquirke Stud in Co. Kilkenny where both Button Sitte (SBS) and Carrabis Z (Zang) stand at stud said:
“We feel very privileged to be able to offer two stallions of this calibre to Irish breeders. Thanks to Equinimity and Richie Moloney for making them available in Ireland. They have jumped at the highest level with top results and their bloodlines are among the best in the world.
Button Sitte comes from the same damline as Aganix du Seigneur. The dams of both stallions are half-sisters, and both stallions are by Ogano Sitte. He’ll be a very interesting sire for Irish breeders, and already has progeny making a name for themselves around the world and also here in Ireland. Notably, Rosamund a 6 year old by Button Sitte, had a recent win in the 6&7yr old HSI class in Maryville.
Carrabis Z’s oldest progeny are yearlings now and we’re looking forward to following their development into showjumpers in the years to come.”

Richie Moloney & Button Sitte (SBS) competing in the CSI4* Holiday & Horses 1.50m in Wellington FL, (USA); Photocredit: Sportfot

Commenting on both of these stallions, their rider Richie Moloney said: “Carrabis Z is the best horse I’ve ridden. He had everything you want in a horse. He had blood, was careful, had scope and was a real winner in the ring.
Button Sitte is one of the easiest horses I’ve ridden, very scopey and light on his feet with a great trot and canter. He is already proving to be a very good sire with 14 of his small number of offspring jumping 1.40m or bigger. I’m looking forward to seeing what they produce in Ireland.”

Head of Breeding, Development and Innovation, Sonja Egan PhD., had the following to say on the Approvals:
“We’re very excited to have stallions the quality of Button Sitte (SBS) and Carrabis Z (Zang) added to the list of Approved stallions in the Irish Sport Horse studbook. They have been fantastic servants to the Irish show jumping team over the past number of years and we now look forward to their contribution to the Irish breeding herd. Interesting to note that Richie Moloney’s brother Eddie recently won the 6- & 7-Year-Old showjumping class in the HSI Autumn Development Series in Maryville Stables on Rosamund (BWP), a mare by Button Sitte (SBS).
Carrabis Z (Zang) has also featured on several Irish Nation’s Cup teams, and his performances which include victories for Team Ireland in Spruce Meadows and Thunderbird Showpark in Canada, have led to him also being awarded the 5* SJ OP merit.

The ultimate test of any stallion is that of their progeny and that’s why we’re delighted to award Bonmahon Master Blue (ISH) and Waldo Van Dungen (KWPN) the Approved classification based on the results of their progeny internationally.
The stallions Chacco’s Charlie PS (Meckl), Ganesh Hero Z (Zang) JSH Ice Man (KWPN) and Phil v/d Wezelse Heihoeve (BWP) all began their approvals with the Irish Sport Horse studbook as young horses before leaving the country. Based on their own performance internationally, we’re delighted to upgrade their classification to Approved.

We’re also delighted to Recognise the high-performance stallions Bingo Ste Hermelle (SF), Chaclot (OS), Tobago Z (Zang), and Uricas v/d Kattevennen (Holst) for their achievements in sport. These stallions are proving to be popular with Irish breeders and we’re glad to award them the highest accolade available to a stallion standing outside Ireland.

It is important to maintain sight of the importance of blood in our sport horses and recognise the contribution of thoroughbred stallions. We also have a newly Approved thoroughbred stallion in Alhebayeb (TB) based on his timeform rating. This increases the options available to breeders seeking to breed traditional Irish Sport Horses (ISH)[TIH] and event horses, where we continue to see the vital role that the thoroughbred stallion plays.”

Horse Sport Ireland review stallion classifications and star rating criteria on an ongoing basis for the Irish Sport Horse and Irish Sports Pony Studbooks.  Owners and agents of approved stallions may submit them for star rating review either through their own performance or that of their progeny by contacting