World Class Performance
THE Irish Sport Horse Studbook has reclaimed 1st position in the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses (WBFSH) Eventing Studbook rankings. The studbook had won the eventing rankings every year since the conception of the rankings in 1994 up until 2010 when they finished in second to the Hannovarian studbook and in 2011 when they took 3rd place after the Selle Francais and Hannovarian studbooks. This year however, the Irish Sport Horse studbook never looked in doubt of winning the eventing rankings and ultimately finished on 1,427 points, over 100 points higher than the Hannovarian studbook, and 355 points ahead of the Holestein studbook who finished in 3rd place.
In addition to winning the WBFSH eventing studbook rankings, the studbook received a further boost with the Irish Sport Horse gelding Mr Medicott, ridden by US event rider Karen O’Connor, taking 1st place in the individual eventing rankings.
Bred by Dr Donal Geaney in Castleisland, Co. Kerry, Mr Medicott is by the Irish Sport Horse stallion Cruising and out of Slieveluachra (ISH) by the Thoroughbred stallion Edmund Burke. Mr. Medicott and Karen O’Connor (USA) had an extremely successful year in 2012 which included finishing in 4th place in the 2012 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day and in 9th place in the individual eventing at the 2012 London Olympic Games
The highest placed Irish Sport Horse in the individual showjumping rankings was the World Champion Flexible, ridden by Rich Fellers (USA), who finished in an impressive 6th place. Bred in Co. Kildare by Edward and Catherine Doyle, Flexible is by Cruising(ISH) and out of the international showjumping mare Flex by Safari (TB). Flexible and Rich Fellers have had an extremely successful partnership over the past 10 years, culminating in winning the 2012
final of the Rolex FEI Showjumping World Cup on 26th April in ‘S-Hertogenbosch (NED). This was the first World Cup win for the Irish Sport Horse Studbook and the fact that Flexible, at 16, was the oldest horse in the competition is a great reflection of the longevity and durability of the Irish Sport Horse.