Draught headed for Florida
Left Irish prepares to leave his home at the Spur Ranch in Lamy
New Mexico. He will be on the road for several days. Below,
Stephany Fish does a half pass with Irish. With a huge bend
and cross over the stallion often receives scores of 8 and better
for this move. Fish plans on taking Irish to to Georgia for
a clinic in early November before starting his competition schedule.
Fish is hoping to compete Irish at I 1 dressage before the season
Dressage enthusiasts will see the first Registered Irish Draught
Horse competing in dressage this winter. O'Leary's Irish Diamond
left his new Mexico home October 1st. He will go into training with
Stephany Fish at Pepperoot Farms in Palm City Florida. Fish, who
showed Irish once in New Mexico will compete the 9 year-old in Prix
St. George classes.
Irish Diamond was the first Irish Draught to compete in serious
competition in the States of California, New Mexico, Arizona
and California. He first went to California when it was decided
Southern California was where the top Western US horses competed.
He won a blue ribbon at every USDF show he competed in. He was
seen at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center and numerous other
popular forums. He topped off his Southern California competition
by being Southern California 3rd level Champion. He continued
his winning ways in Colorado and then took time off from Dressage
to compete in Show Jumping. In Show Jumping in Arizona, New
Mexico and Colorado he was a blue ribbon and money winner in
numerous competitions winning an open championship and an open
modified championship. His owner has always been reminded that
the top dressage horses go to Florida. When breeder Barbara
Baris extended an invitation to have Irish train at her farm
near Florida's and the United State's largest Dressage venue
his owner Jim Leary could not turn down the challenge. Leary
has been training the stallion for Prix St. George competition
and Stephany Fish convinced him Irish was ready to compete at
the International Level. Fish flew to New Mexico at the end
of September. She rode the stallion for three days and the decision
was made to send him East.
Below Irish does extended trot with Fish.
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