Castlerock wins Blue Chip Irish Draught challenge

By: Horse Deals

Castlerock wins Blue Chip Irish Draught challenge
Castlerock wins Blue Chip Irish Draught challenge

Susan Hill’s stunning Irish-bred Castlerock is the winner of the 2012 Blue Chip and IDHS £2,000 Challenge.

"We are an amateur family of myself, my husband Robin and our married daughter Victoria, and we have a couple of horses which we enjoy showing," said Susan. "We bought Castlerock from Reid Finlay in Northern Ireland as an unbroken three- year-old. 

"Reid bought him as a foal and kept him as a nanny for his foals until we bought him, and named him Castlerock as that was the place where he grew up.  We broke him ourselves and introduced him to the ring as a five-year-old, but he was very slow to mature, as are many draughts, and he kept on growing until he was eight.

"We decided it would be great to take him to the Dublin Horse Show, quite a marathon from here.  It took us six hours to get to Fishguard where we had a walk about in the municipal car park, then three hours on the ferry before spending the night with some friends in Wexford. 

"The next day we drove up to Dublin and installed "Rocky" in temporary stabling 30 minutes from our hotel.  After a day of rest we competed in the Ridden Irish Draught class which he won, and two days later also won the Amateur Heavyweight Hunter title, plus the Championship!     

"We decided to enter Rocky in the Blue Chip and IDHS £2,000 Challenge as it provides a great focus for owners and riders of Irish Draughts, particularly pure-breds, throughout the season. 

It's the one every Irish Draught owner hopes to win, and is a fantastic way to promote the breed.  We were absolutely thrilled when Castlerock was announced as the winner of the £2,000 challenge, what a great way to end the season!"

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