HorsePlay Ireland

An Irish community for all things equine! We've created the HorsePlay Ireland group to give Irish horse lovers, or lovers of the Irish horse around the world, a place to come and talk about all things equine! We'd love to have you join us.

Location: Ireland
Members: 35
Latest Activity: Apr 17, 2012

We're delighted to announce our lucky winners!

The lucky winners of our fantastic competition were Laura Devitt and Eileen Lippert. Laura has won herself a weekend for two at the stunning Maranatha Country House in Co. Cork.
This beautiful, period country house is graced with large, romantic bedrooms, all of which have private bathrooms and overlook the rolling and luscious countryside. Located a stone’s throw from the spectacular Blarney Castle in the quaint village of Blarney, you can stroll through the beautiful private woodlands and meadows or enjoy the many nearby attractions and activities, including close and easy access to over 10 Golf courses!
Eileen has won a fantastic Bucas Power Turnout light rug.
Well done guys!

Discussion Forum

Glidawn Diamonds 12 Replies

Can anyone tell me about the Irish Draft Stallion Glidawn Diamond. I hae one of his daughters and she is coming 5. I would be great to know a little more about him. ThanksKateContinue

Started by Kate Cassidy. Last reply by leslie645 Mar 2, 2010.

Irish or warmblood? 11 Replies

So, if you had a choice, would you go Irish or warmblood? I'd go Irish over warmblood any day...except possibly for pure dressage! Irish bred horses have the blood, the brains and that crucial…Continue

Started by HorsePlay Ireland. Last reply by cmos Feb 28, 2010.

joining associations in ireland 1 Reply

does anyone kno how the discounts work if you join ei and the sji? does it matter which organisation you join first, or will is it the same discount no matter what way round you join? thanksContinue

Started by Eileen Lippert. Last reply by HorsePlay Ireland Jan 21, 2010.

Coping with snow and ice 6 Replies

With the worst winter in Ireland in 40 years, how is everyone coping with their horses with the snow and ice here at the moment? Everything's being cancelled and with little hope of getting any…Continue

Started by HorsePlay Ireland. Last reply by Jenny Doran Jan 13, 2010.

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Comment by leslie645 on December 22, 2009 at 5:31pm
hii everyone
I have an ID filly that i absolutely adore! She coming 3 and will be started soon...cant wait! She is by Glenlara o/o Ballybeg Pride.
Merry Christmas
Comment by Eileen Lippert on December 21, 2009 at 10:11pm
Boy, it ain't half cold in Ireland at the moment - We're just not designed for this weather! Would be nice if we got some snow for Christmas though...
Comment by Jenny Doran on December 2, 2009 at 11:04pm
Hi Jay!
Ireland is gorgeous...apart from the weather! We've been having it tough recently with serious, serious rain. Makes having horses very difficult with everywhere so muddy and fields getting destroyed. I actually got married in Leixlip!
I was in Kentucky a few years back for the Rolex 3 day and had such a good time. It's a fabulous place.
Happy Holidays to you too - not too long coming now!
Comment by jay hughes on December 2, 2009 at 4:01pm
Have a friend in the the thoroughbred world here in Kentucky that is from Leixlip. I've visited there and find Ireland to be one of God's loveliest spots.

Happy Holidays!

H & H Horse
Comment by Laura Coffey on November 30, 2009 at 9:24am
Hi Jenny, There are some picture of him on "my page" with the woman who bred him. Nothing that does him justice though, he is quite the handsome beast. Your horses look soft and lovely in their dressage work. I know what a challenge that is for event horses. ...I'm a dressage rider so the jumping stuff only looks frightening to me. Laura
Comment by William Micklem on November 30, 2009 at 4:41am
Great pic are one of the very few to have jumped in the main arena at Dublin show, and one of the very few to ride a pony as good as this, and one of the very few to be as modest...William
Comment by Jenny Doran on November 30, 2009 at 4:23am
Hi Laura. He sounds fab! Do you have any pics? I've attached a pic of my connemara jumping pony taken at the dublin horse show one year. Wish I could find a horse like him! He was such a trier. Though I think I'm not too far off with the young horse that I have at the moment :) Can't wait until next year to start eventing her.

Comment by Laura Coffey on November 28, 2009 at 10:46pm
I have a Connemara Cross, ,he's smart, talented, sensitive and just about the most opinionated horse I've ever ridden. I love him to death, I used to think I really wanted to kill him. I used to ride Warmbloods and we would talk about "rideability and trainability" as being desirable traits. Well this little piece of work is about as far from either as you can get. However, "clash of the Irish"seems to be growing more infrequent over time and I'm now beginning to think I have a truly great partner. Laura Coffey
Comment by Jenny Doran on November 27, 2009 at 1:05pm
Hi Laura. Connemara's are the most amazing ponies...I had one when I was young that was only 13.3hh, so he had to jump in 14.2 grades and went to 'grade A' in a year. An Irish connemara pony won individual gold at the pony European championships this year - a really stunning pony. see towards the bottom of to see pics of Ballyowen Maybell Molly. Have you ever had a connemara?
Comment by William Micklem on November 27, 2009 at 3:06am
Yes..they are the most wonderful pony in the world...they have their origins 2,500 years ago when Spanish horses were crossed with native Irish ponies in the west of Ireland. In the 1940's particularly a small amount Arab and TB blood was introduced. They breed true even when out of their natural environment...which is why the huge herds in Denmark and the USA are such a success. They are wonderful as a childs pony or small adult mount. They cross wonderfully with TBs and sport horses to give brain, durability and versatility. They are one of Ireland's most underrated equine resources. Each year the major sale of Connemaras is in Clifton, Co Galway in August. William

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