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Irish Thoroughbred for sale

Ireland has a long history of breeding horses of high quality, and the modern Irish Thoroughbred is the outcome of centuries of experience in producing fast racehorses. There have always been strong links between the breeding and racing industries of Ireland and Britain. The Irish Hobby was one of the foundation breeds of the English Thoroughbred. For those who buy an Irish Thoroughbred, the breed represents an important part of Ireland’s history. The same is true for those who sell an Irish Thoroughbred, as they see these outstanding performance horses as an essential part of Ireland’s heritage and culture.

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Irish Thoroughbred, Mare, 10 years, 16 hh, Brown Leisure - Dressage
Reitstall Wolfsgrube
DE-79771
Klettgau
€5,000 to €10,000
price range ~£4,179 to £8,359
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Irish Thoroughbred, Gelding, 10 years, 15.3 hh, Brown
F: PAPA BULL | MF: REDBACK
Eventing - Jumping - Leisure - Dressage
Daniel Dunst
AT-8333
Riegersburg bei Feldbach
€15,000 to €25,000
price range ~£12,539 to £20,898
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Irish Thoroughbred Mix, Mare, 14 years, 14 hh Driving - Trail - Trotter - Leisure
Chilver House Stables
GB-PE32 1ES
Chilver House Ln, Bawsey, King's Lynn
£3,500
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Irish Thoroughbred, Gelding, 6 years, 16.2 hh, Chestnut
F: MISTER FOTIS | MF: LOUP SAUVAGE
Racing horses
James Carney
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Rahelly Stud
€15,000
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Irish Thoroughbred, Mare, 14 years, 15.3 hh Jumping - Trail - Hunting - Leisure
Chilver House Stables
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Chilver House Ln, Bawsey, King's Lynn
£4,000
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Irish Thoroughbred, Mare, 5 years, 16.1 hh, Bay
F: BEAT HOLLOW | MF: PRESENTING
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James Carney
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Newmarket House
€17,500
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Irish Thoroughbred, Mare, 14 years, 15.3 hh Jumping - Trail - Hunting - Leisure
Chilver House Stables
GB-PE32 1ES
Chilver House Ln, Bawsey, King's Lynn
£4,000
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Irish Thoroughbred Mix, Mare, 14 years, 14 hh Driving - Trail - Trotter - Leisure
Chilver House Stables
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Chilver House Ln, Bawsey, King's Lynn
£3,500
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Irish Thoroughbred, Mare, 10 years, 16 hh, Brown Leisure - Dressage
Reitstall Wolfsgrube
DE-79771
Klettgau
€5,000 to €10,000
price range ~£4,179 to £8,359
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Irish Thoroughbred, Mare, 5 years, 16.1 hh, Bay
F: BEAT HOLLOW | MF: PRESENTING
Racing horses
James Carney
IE-V95EK60
Newmarket House
€17,500
~ £14,629 Negotiable
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Irish Thoroughbred, Gelding, 6 years, 16.2 hh, Chestnut
F: MISTER FOTIS | MF: LOUP SAUVAGE
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James Carney
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Rahelly Stud
€15,000
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Irish Thoroughbred, Gelding, 10 years, 15.3 hh, Brown
F: PAPA BULL | MF: REDBACK
Eventing - Jumping - Leisure - Dressage
Daniel Dunst
AT-8333
Riegersburg bei Feldbach
€15,000 to €25,000
price range ~£12,539 to £20,898
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Irish Thoroughbred, Gelding, 7 years, 17 hh, Bay Beautiful sport type Irish bred gelding
F: MASTEROFTHEHORSE | MF: GOOD THYNE
Dressage - English Pleasure - Jumping - Hunter
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Yorkshire
£5,500 Negotiable
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Irish Thoroughbred, Gelding, 9 years, 15.2 hh, Chestnut-Red
F: RODERIC O'CONNER | MF: TAGULA
Leisure
AT-3202
Mainburg
€3,000
~ £2,508
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Irish Thoroughbred, Gelding, 4 years, 15.2 hh, Bay
F: ARCHIPENKO
Leisure - Jumping
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Cork
€4,500
~ £3,762
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Irish Thoroughbred, Gelding, 6 years, 15.1 hh, Brown Leisure
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Grootegast
€3,500
~ £2,926
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Irish Thoroughbred Mix, Gelding, 8 years, 14.2 hh, Pinto Leisure
DE-75196
Remchingen
€1,900
~ £1,588 Negotiable
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Irish Thoroughbred, Gelding, 8 years, 15.3 hh, Gray-Dapple Leisure
CH-8754
Näfels
CHF8,500
~ £6,814 Negotiable
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Irish Thoroughbred, Gelding, 17 years, 15.2 hh, Chestnut-Red Racing horses - Leisure
FR-29000
QUIMPER
€2,500
~ £2,090 Negotiable
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Irish Thoroughbred, Mare, 4 years, 15 hh, Bay-Dark
F: MALINAS
Dressage - Jumping
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Odijk
€4,750
~ £3,971
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Irish Thoroughbred, Mare, 7 years, 15.2 hh, Smoky-Black
F: COCKNEY-REBELL
Leisure
FR-47390
Layrac
€3,000
~ £2,508 Negotiable
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Irish Thoroughbred, Mare, 4 years, 15.2 hh, Bay-Dark
F: DAWN APPROACH | MF: DANEHILL DANCER (IRE)
Breeding - Jumping - Leisure - Dressage
DE-50667
Köln
€55
~ £46 Negotiable
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Irish Thoroughbred, Gelding, 14 years, 16 hh, Brown
F: KING'S BEST | MF: LYPHARD
Leisure - Racing horses
DE-88451
Dettingen an der Iller
€3,000
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Use and characteristics of the Irish Thoroughbred

The Irish Thoroughbred is comparable to the English Thoroughbred and they share much the same ancestry. However, breeders who sell an Irish Thoroughbred would argue that their horses have the edge over the English Thoroughbred because of Ireland’s soft climate and special pastures, which grow on the country’s limestone landscapes. People who buy an Irish Thoroughbred know that this quality year-round grazing produces powerful racehorses which can be crossbred to produce outstanding sports horses, too. The Irish Thoroughbred ranges from 15.2 hands (62 inches/157 cm) to 17.0 hands (68 inches/173 cm) high. Since Ireland is the home of the steeplechase, it’s not surprising that Irish horses excel at events such as the Cheltenham Festival, where some of the most famous steeplechase events are run.

Origin and history of breeding Irish Thoroughbreds

There are some intriguing references to racing in early medieval documents from Ireland. Some of these indicate that the Curragh, now the site of Ireland’s best-known racecourse, has been the location for racing for hundreds of years. Racing on the beach was also popular and remains so today. By medieval and early modern times, a type of Irish horse known as the Hobby was famous throughout Europe. The name probably derives from an Irish word, “Obann”, meaning swift. These small, extremely fast horses were used by the light horsemen known as Hobelars, a type of irregular cavalry serving as mercenaries in several armies. The swift Hobbies had their counterparts in Scotland, which were known as Galloways. In both countries, these fast horses were also used by the reivers and mosstroopers who regularly went on raids to steal cattle and other goods. Hobbies were so greatly admired that rulers from as far away as Italy bought them as racehorses. Henry VIII and Elizabeth I also had Hobbies in their stables. In the early 1600s, with Ireland under the rule of the racing-loving Stuart kings, formal racing began in which aristocrats and gentry were involved. With the restoration of Charles II, races for silver plates were established in Ireland. Then, in the eighteenth century, steeplechasing began. As the name suggests, these were races over several miles from church steeple to church steeple, which were important landmarks in the countryside. By the nineteenth century, racing was an important part of Ireland’s economy, and Irish racehorses and jockeys were much in demand all over the world. The British National Stud, based at the Curragh Racecourse, became the Irish National Stud in 1921 when Eire gained independence. Today, racing plays a vital role in the life and economy of the country, with famous tracks at Punchestown, Limerick and many more.

Irish Thoroughbreds in equestrianism

With more than 43,000 Irish Thoroughbreds in the country, Ireland continues the important breeding, training and racing tradition it has had for centuries. Ireland consistently has some of the top-rated Thoroughbred stallions in Europe.

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