The ITM Irish Stallion Trail is a great opportunity to view many of the world’s leading stallions as Ireland’s top Flat & National Hunt Stud farms open their doors over three days. Before the official opening of the traditional covering season of early to mid-February, Irish stud farms will showcase some of the very best sires available to breeders in 2015. The trail opens on January 22nd, where visitors can attend the prestigious Goffs Thyestes Handicap Chase at Gowran Park Racecourse. Over 20 stud farms will open their doors on the 22nd, 23rd and 24th of January for stallion viewings. The ITM Irish Stallion Trail will close with a reception at Leopardstown Racecourse on BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle Day on January 25th.
Irish stallions are regarded as having some of the best bloodlines in the world and their progeny continually prove themselves at the highest level in all corners of the globe. The quality of stallions available in Ireland is truly remarkable and their success is no coincidence. Irish based stallions dominate the European scene in 2014 with Galileo (IRE), Invincible Spirit (IRE) and Shamardal (USA) the three leading sires of Europe.