Irish Arabian cross looking good in Texas
He still growing and therefore there is no reason to believe that
Scotty owned by Debby Hall of Amarillo Texas is going to be anything
less than a fantastic sport horse. At 15.3 hands, Scotty, by the Irish
Draught Stallion O'Leary's Irish Diamond, is proving the nay sayers
"Why wouldn't a cross that that has been used for years with
the continental Warmbloods in Europe work in a cross with an Irish
Draught," asked Jim Leary, the owner of O'Leary's Irish Diamond.
"He fixed the hind quarter, put bone on Scotty and gave him a
very good mind. What more does one want?" he added. "With
the refinement and stamina of the Arabian one should bet a great sport
horse," he added.
Though Hall has been cautioned by Leary that it is difficult to get
approval for breeding as an Irish Sport Horse, she has not given up
on her dream that her beloved Scotty deserves acceptance by the Irish
Horse Board as an approved Irish Sport Horse Stallion.
"Debby is one of my most determined breeders," he said.
"She transported Scotty to my farm for my inspection. Though,
he was very nice, I did nothing to encourage her in her quest for
the eventual approval as an Irish Sport Horse Stallion. I advised
her that he should be special." "I told her there are many
good stallions, that would be great geldings." "Good stallions
don't improve the horse, great stallions improve the horse."
If Scotty is a good or a great stallion will be determined first by
his performance. Next it will be determined by his offspring. Hall
has agreed to put Scotty into competition in Sport Horse events before
seeking approval as an Irish Sport Horse stallion by the Irish Horse
When Leary purchased O'Leary's Irish Diamond from William Kennedy
in Ireland, he asked Kennedy if his sire, Glidawn Diamond, had been
put to any Arabian Mares. Kennedy said he bred one Arabian mare. He
said at foaling the foal was the size of a rabbit. However, at 4 years
age it was 16 hands and is now a very successful jumper in Spain.
When Leary first agreed to breed to Hall's Arabian mare he broached
the subject with some self proclaimed experts from the Irish Draught
Horse Society in America. "This extremely skinny woman from the
society said it was tried in England and it didn't work." "She
was constantly sucking on a cigarette and as her mouth continued to
rattle, I knew she knew little and I agreed to breed to Hall's mare,"
Hall has taken the colt to several professionals who have advised
her there is no reason to believe he isn't something special Also
it is important to know, that Scotty was larger than a rabbit at foaling.
Hall and Scotty above. Hall has kept her three-year-old whole, in
hopes of having the first Irish Sport Horse stallion in America to
be actually approved by the Irish Horse Board in testing by the Board