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Irish Sport Horse

Country of Origin: Ireland

Irish Sport Horse


Ireland has always been known for good horse stock and the independent breeding tradition runs deep in farming communities. Often farms will have a few extra mares used specifically for breeding.


The Irish Sport Horse (or Irish Hunter) comes from a cross between the Irish Draft & the Thoroughbred & this particular cross has become known for their brilliance over fences.

Although technically these are half-bred animals the Irish Sport tends to display uniformity in their confirmation. These animals were bred for hunting and their Irish Draft bloodlines provides them a sure-footedness in most terrains.


Average height 16 – 17.1 hands


Head is well proportioned with a straight or slightly convex profile
Eyes are large & expressive
Ears are long & shapely
Neck is long, muscular & often slightly arched
Back is short
Chest is full & deep
Legs are solid with broad joints

Traditional Colors

All colors except pinto


Solid & dependable
Intelligent and easy to work with


Eventing horse
Show horse

Helpful Links

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Irish Sport Horse Register

Where to Buy

Irish Horse Finder
Irish Sport Horses in Ireland
Horse Sport Ireland
Larkin Internationald

Irish Sport Horse Studs

Fox Hollow Sport Horses
Acorn Hill Farm


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Country of Origin: Ireland | Colors:
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