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Irish Sport Horse stallion Cruising -Champion of Champions

General November 11, 2013


Cruising The Irish Horse Gateway Hall of Fame

• 1995, Grey, 1.68m (16.2 hh),

Irish Sport Horse Stallion •

Cruising is a world famous Irish Sport Horse Stallion and international showjumper who was ridden by Trevor Coyle during his long and outstanding  show jumping career. His Grand prix wins placings and appearances in nation cup teams include, Grand Prix – Aachen The greatest Grand Prix in the world (1999), Dortmund (1999), Lucerne (1998), San Marino (1996) and Wolfsburg (1996).


Photo Credit : Hartwell Stud Mary McCann.  Taken after his fantastic win at Aachen

Photo Credit : Hartwell Stud Mary McCann. Taken after his fantastic win at Aachen

This grey Irish Sport Horse stallion is considered one of the worlds most significant sires of the 21st century.  The stallion was for many years the predominant choice for many international breeders.

Bred by Bord na gCapall and owned by the McCann’s Hartwell Stud in the heartland of horse country, Kildare in Ireland the McCann’s steadfast focus continues in breeding quality Irish horses for show jumping and eventing. While Cruising is now in retirement his legacy and progeny keep Ireland to the fore as one of the worlds premier breeding countries.

Now at 28 years of age, Cruising has sired champion progeny that have achieved some of the highest accolades in elite equestrian sport. He is indeed the champion of champions.

Cruising is the only stallion in Ireland to have a 5* rating for his performance of his offspring in both eventing and show jumping. Cruising’s  impact on the international circuit will be felt for many years to come due to the high profile progeny like Flexible USEF horse of the Year 2012, Mr Medicott USEA Horse of the Year 2012, Mr Cruise Control who topped the British Eventing rankings for 2013 and Larkhill Cruiser to name but a few.

Cruising pedigree is world-class. He is by the Registered Irish Draught Sea Crest, a Grade A Show Jumper, renowned for winning at all major shows throughout Ireland.Sea Crest’s dam was Sea Spray by Tara, a maternal Sire of the famous Clover Hill.

Cruising’s dam Mullacrew was an International Show Jumper, her wins included competitions at Lucerne, Rome and Wembley. Mullacrew’s sire, Nordlys, was a very famous sire that sired a prolific number of exceptional jumpers including Quept (German Team member for many seasons) and Olympic Gold Medallist Ambassador (Italy).

Cruising’s grand dam was Big Idea, who is a full sister to the well known Irish stallion Ideal Waters. Big Idea by Waterserpent, was sire of a long line of famous International Show Jumpers including such horses as Kilkenny, Rockette, The Quiet Man and The rock.

For more on Cruising read Catriona Murphys Irish Independent article (opens in new window)

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