IRISH WINNER is a super athletic, but careful mare with tons of speed.
Her sire TALOUBET VDL is a son of the triple world cup winner BALOUBET DU ROUET ridden to all his successes by Rodrigo Pessoa. Her grandsire is the legendary stallion GALOUBET who sired countless Grand Prix and World Cup horses. GALOUBET himself caused a sensation with a series of victories in the international show jumping sport. GALOUBET’s two most famous sons are Olympic Champion BALOUBET de ROUET ridden by Rodrigo Pessoa and the tiny show jumping miracle QUICK STAR (who is also EWSZ QUEBEC's sire); ridden by Meredith Michaels. GALOUBET sire ALME Z has made a mark for himself standing at stud in Zangersheide. He has produced such stallions as GALOUBET, I LOVE YOU, JOLISCO, ADIEU Z, ADRIANO Z, AHORN Z, ALADIN Z, ALAMEDO, ALDATO, ALEXIS Z, ALME STAR, ALMEO, ALMGOLD Z, ALMHERR Z, ALMIRO Z, ALMJÄGER Z, ALMSPATY Z, ALMWALYER, ALOUBE Z, ALTANO Z, AMADEUS Z, AMERICANO, ANGELO Z, ANTONIO Z, ARAMIS Z and ATHLET Z. ALME Z was himself under Francois Mathz and Johan Heins a very talented and successful international show jumper, he was known to pass his unique talent on to his progeny.
On IRISH WINNER’s dam’s side, the famous sire CLOVER HILL. In his lifetime, CLOVER HILL sired 1,730 registered foals. He was born in 1973, bred by Stan Page in Co. Galway, and was bought by Philip Heenan to stand at his Ringroe Stud in Co. Tipperary (of whom, more later - Philip’s a fascinating part of the story!). Against the opposition of the purists, CLOVER HILL was put on the Irish Draught stallion register by Dick Jennings, whom Nicholas O’Hare, in his book on CLOVER HILL, describes as “the last of the old time stallion inspectors”. Dick made the courageous and far-sighted decision to register the stallion, in spite of the fact that he was half TB. Some Irish breeders resolutely refused to use him as a result, even when his progeny started to record success after success – he was not a pureblood Irish Draught. Sporthorse breeding owes a great deal to characters like Dick Jennings, who are prepared to back their judgement against general opinion; and sometimes, as in the case of CLOVER HILL, they are vindicated a hundred times over! CLOVER HILL’s achievements as a sire were outstanding; he ranked 4th in the 2001-2002 WBFSH showjumping rankings, with 39 offspring jumping at International levels. He was a big horse, standing at 17hh, and seeming from his photos to have inherited rather more of his ID dam’s physical qualities than his TB sire’s, with a large crested neck, short-coupled and deep body, and pronounced, rounded hindquarters. CLOVERHILL’s achievements as a sire were outstanding; he ranked 4th in the 2001-2002 WBFSH showjumping rankings, with 39 offspring jumping at International levels. He was a big horse, standing at 17hh, and seeming from his photos to have inherited rather more of his ID dam’s physical qualities than his TB sire’s, with a large crested neck, short-coupled and deep body, and pronounced, rounded hindquarters.
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