Victory for Martin Murphy at the Laois Irish Draught Branch Show in the Laois Breeders Championship.
- 5 July 2021, 12:02
The Irish Draught Breeders Association’s Laois Branch annual show took place on Sunday 4th July at Stradbally Hall with kind permission of the Crosby family.
There was fantastic turn out for all classes both under saddle and in hand. In ring one Jim Kingston and Robert Draper judged the in-hand classes while Sharon Mannion and Tony Ennis judged the classes under saddle in ring two.
Horse Sport Ireland sponsored class 10 in the ring one, the Laois Breeder’s Championship with a prize fund of €2000. This fund also included a prize to the breeder of the winning mare. Each mare and foal were judged as a unit with 40% of the score going towards the mare and 60% for the foal. 11 mares and their foals in total turned out for the class.
The nine year old grey mare Fuerty Princess (IDC1) by Welcome Emperor (IDC1) out of Bengour Mist (RID) by Ben Calverstown (IDC1) was pulled in first with her colt foal by Barnaview Grosvenors Star (IDC1). This mare was exhibited by her owner Martin Murphy and was bred by Michael Bailey. Reserve champion went to Ava’s Delight (IDC1) by Clonakilty Hero (IDC1) out of Cloonalison (RID) by Golden Warrior (IDC1) with her colt foal by Barnaview Grosvenors Star (IDC1). This mare was exhibited by her owner Ian Murphy and bred by John P Lavin.
Samantha Fitzsimons of the Laois branch and organiser of the show said “We are delighted to get the sponsorship from Horse Sport Ireland and the studbook for our big class the Laois Breeders Championship which is a 40/60 class for mares and foals. We got a great turn out and we are really happy with quality of the class and its great to get the support for the draughts from Horse Sport Ireland.”
Martin Murphy was thrilled with his success “Fuerty Princess is the reigning Dublin champion, and this is her first day out with her foal by Barnaview Grosvenors Star (IDC1). We brought her to the inspections where she was one of the highest marked fillies that year which has proved itself since as she has won many championships. We chose Barnaview Grosvenors Star (IDC1) after seeing him at the inspections, he is a super mover with great back breeding and a lovely quality to him. He suited the mare as he’s a short coupled horse, and his dam, grandsire also won at Dublin. This line is full of Dublin champions, so he was the one for our mare”.
Michael Bailey the breeder of Fuerty Princess who also came 5th in this class with his own mare Fuerty Welcome Mist (IDC1) added “We bought Fuerty Princess’s (IDC1) dam Bengour Mist (RID) as a young mare as there was a lot of show winning mares in the pedigree. We used Fast Silver (IDC1) first on her which resulted in a colt foal who was national champion. We then we started using Welcome Emperor (IDC1) a son of Welcome Flagmount (IDC1) and who is one of the only few draughts to represent Ireland at Lanaken for Irish showjumpers. As a draught breeder we should be using that type of stallion as they have a huge purpose for the working hunter classes and for leisure hunting. Fuerty Princess (IDC1) was Bengour Mist’s (RID) second foal, and we have two more full sisters by Welcome Emperor (IDC1). The one we have here, her foal was third today and this was her first day out. She’s only four and we had planned to bring her to the RDS before it was cancelled so we are delighted that we are here today, and I’m delighted for Martin and Mary Murphy as they produce their horses very well. For our own mares are using Gortfree Lakeside Lad (IDC1) quite a lot as he reminds me a lot of Welcome Flagmount (IDC1) with a great performance history behind him. For me, the Irish Draught has a real place if the right stallion is used”
Full results and breeding information from the Laois breeder’s championship can be seen here:
Champion = Fuerty Princess (IDC1) by Welcome Emperor (IDC1) out of Bengour Mist (RID) by Ben Calverstown (IDC1) and her colt foal by Barnaview Grosvenors Star (IDC1). Owned and exhibited by Martin and Mary Murphy and bred by Michael Bailey.
Reserve Champion = Ava’s Delight (IDC1) by Clonakilty Hero (IDC1) out of Cloonalison (RID) by Golden Warrior (IDC1) with her colt foal by Barnaview Grosvenors Star (IDC1). Owned and exhibited by Ian Murphy and bred by John Lavin
3rd = Gortfadda Heigh Ho (IDC1) by Heigh Ho Dubh (IDC1) out of Glann Ivy (RID) by Uibh Fhaili 81 (IDC1) with her filly foal by Innisfree the Iron Cross (IDC1). Owned by Padraig Bohan, exhibited by Amy Bohan and bred by Kay Blackwell.
4th = Kilcashel Abbey (IDC1) by Castana (IDC1) out of Silver Kilcashel (RID) by Coopers Hill (IDC1) with her colt foal by Kilmovee Castana Hero (IDC1). Owned and exhibited by Seamus Duffy and bred by Martin Regan.
5th = Fuerty Welcome Mist (IDC1) by Welcome Emperor (IDC1) out of Bengour Mist (RID) by Ben Calverstown (IDC1) with her colt foal by Gortfree Lakeside Lad (IDC1). Owned, exhibited, and bred by Michael Bailey.
6th = Holy River (IDC1) by Inisfree the Holy Grail (IDC1) out of Inisfree Snowy River (RID) by Crannagh Hero (IDC1). Owned and exhibited by Dominic Cassidy and bred by Richard Murphy.