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The Irish Sport Horse: The ‘Go Anywhere-Do Anything’ horse

The Irish Sport Horse: The ‘Go Anywhere-Do Anything’ horse

The traditional Irish Sport Horse (ISH) is produced by breeding Irish Draught and Thoroughbred bloodlines together producing a sport horse with the size, speed, muscling, and temperament that makes it an excellent athlete. Thoroughbreds are renowned for their intelligence speed and heart while Draughts lend size, strength ,soundness and a sensible mind . In recent generations, European warmblood lines have been added to the breed with the aim of producing more internationally competitive showjumpers. Irish horses have excelled at upper level eventing and show...

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Continuum – Holsteiner Magic!

Continuum – Holsteiner Magic!

Our promising young Holsteiner stallion ‘Continuum’ (Contender/Capitol/Landgraaf) continues to jump well And has also produced some fine foals in 2016  

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Chefs de Race

Chefs de Race

Chefs- de- Race About a hundred years ago, a French thoroughbred racing scholar named Lt. Col. J.J. Vuillier conducted a study of the top runners in England and France. Vuilllier noticed that certain stallions kept appearing on those pedigrees. He studied their records and determined which characteristics they passed on. He called these stallions the chefs-de-race or “chiefs of the breed ” What’s more, he noticed that every decade or so, new stallions showed up on the list. At the Haras du Gazon our 4 gîtes are named after 4 legendary French ‘Chefs-de-Race’ or influential sires...

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Dawn Walk to the Calvaire at the Crossroads

Dawn Walk to the Calvaire at the Crossroads

 The early light of misty autumn mornings is so beautiful here in Normandy. It creates drama in the sky that changes minute by minute, it bounces off clouds and it reflects colour and shapes in the smooth dark surface of our lake at the Haras du Gazon which itself could be the inspiration for any number of impressionist paintings.     I wanted to see the dawn at the ‘calvaire’ at the crossroads, so had to hurry over the field and head towards the lane lined with tall oak trees.  The cows and calves are in the big level field to the right but I only had time to glance at them briefly  By...

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An Autumn Evening In Normandy

An Autumn Evening In Normandy

I thought I’d show you the crab apple trees which form a colourful avenue on the drive in front of the office. They’re really beautiful, both in the spring; with a brilliant show of blossom and again in the autumn; with their masses of bright, red, tiny apples. It was getting late but I thought there’d be enough light to go up and take a portrait of the  4 year olds, who are relaxing in the field after some work in the school and popping over some little jumps  during the week . It wasn’t good timing ; they’d been rolling in mud after the rain showers this...

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Quarantine – 19th Century style

Quarantine – 19th Century style

La Cabane (the Old Barn field)  This evening the sun came out after the showers of the afternoon, so I disregarded all the 101 things I should be doing and went instead for a walk over to the Old Barn field: ‘La Cabane’ Heading out through the archway: I took the long gangway which leads directly to La Cabane, a secluded place right at the end of this track:   I didn’t want to disturb the mares and foals who are grazing over there. Horses don’t like visitors to their fields in the evening, when the light is fading and the ancient fear of predators overrides any recognition that it...

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