Irish Horses in the
The successful winter
show in Tucson Arizona is featuring some of the best Irish Horses in the
United States. From California to New Jersey Irish horses have found their
way to Tucson Arizona. To the Irish Horse enthusiast, the breeding lines
are familiar. But, most attending the show don't know the Irish Horse
is here and is doing well.
Spanish Parade an Irish Sport Horse Stallion, ridden and owned by Sarah
Ballou of Grass Valley California won the $2,500 open jumper class. Spanish
Parade had four faults in Sunday's Grand Prix. Ballou who loves the Irish
Horse says she has bred her stallion to her King of Diamond's grand daughter
One of the more impressive victory strings has been achieved, by the Irish
Sport Horse, Joe Brown. Joe Brown has won first place with two different
riders. On Sunday he won the Marshall and Sterling Cup with rider Jennifer
Clarkson. Earlier Joe Brown was ridden by Gloria Gage and won $1,500 Adult
Jumper Classic. Joe Brown also captured the Reserve Championship.
The favorite Irish pedigrees of Clover Hill and King of Diamonds are also
making a good impression at the Arizona Show. Liza MacMillian of Minnesota
placed second with Clover Hill's Trinity in the Modified Junior Jumpers.
MacMillian says she loves the Irish Horse and in a recent trip to Ireland
bought several sport horses. Clover Hill's Trinity also has had several
The Wexford Stable of New Jersey also has a Clover Hill Sport Horse named
in Clover. In Clover has had several clear rounds.
O'Leary's Irish Diamond
The only purebred Irish Draught Stallion , O'Leary's Irish Diamond, was
the horse being talked about after his schooling jumper class on February
20th. In his first two weeks of competition "Irish" had four
clear rounds but was not keeping up to the speedy thoroughbreds in competition.
That was not the case Wednesday as the huge stallion displayed rare speed
for such a big horse.
"His speed scared me," said his rider Rob Gage. The two finished
the jump off in a time of 32.4 seconds. As proof of the intense competition
in the class of 45 horses, the winning time was 31.96 seconds. Irish was
amongst the Irish Horse owners at the show was whether or not more
should display the shamrock seen on the saddle pad for O'Leary's