Irish National Stud

Ah! I had been waiting for this since we signed on for the Road Scholar tour! County Kildare, the heartbeat of Ireland’s thoroughbred industry brought us to this incredible place owned by the Irish government and visited by tourists from all over the world.

A Scotsman, Colonel William Hall Walker, established the farm in 1900. The Colonel perhaps believed that great horses were born, not made. When a foal was born, he had an astological chart drawn up, and if the stars and signs were not in correct alignment, the foal was sold. If the horse’s birthdate promised great ability, the foal was kept to be raised and raced. Although this sounds a bit crazy, horses born here have won some of the greatest races.

Retirement has been provided for great racehorses here. Five champions, Moscow Fkyer, Hardy Eustace, Kicking King, Beef or Salmon, and Rite of Passage reside here. They won races like the Cheltenham Gold Cup and Royal Ascot Gold Cup.

Over 100 foals are born at the stud farm each year. When horsemen come to choose a stud for breeding purposes, they watch the horse move in dront of the stables on a ruberized walk. Our guide told us they look for three things in a stud: the face of a model, the “bum” of a cook, and the walk of a lady of the night!20160617_061901

20160617_070638

2 thoughts on “Irish National Stud

    • Ah, yes, Frank! Hope you and Maribeth will come for dinner and slide show. Ralph will have to condense. He has taken over 1000 photos. Here in Dublin until we leave for home on Mon morning.

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s