Event Rider Fiona Davidson riding sidesaddle at the opening meet of the Quorn Hunt 2016. Sold at the Show and Go. 7 y.o Golden River out of a Dockleaf Dam.
Happy Clients from Holland
Riny Van Dan Oord
Killinick Bouncer/Got a coin by Gotland
Breeder: Ann Lambert Wexford
Getting to Ireland
If you are interested in getting to Ireland to buy a Traditional Irish Horse this link will give you all the information you need to assist you with your journey to make the trip hassle-free. This guide gives you a greater understanding of buying horses in Ireland and helps you plan. Travel information includes links to a range of accommodation options, things to do in your downtime, car hire and how to cope with the famous Irish weather. So when you get here you can enjoy our culture and hospitality as well as meeting breeders and producers.
Inward Buyer Programme
Horse Sport Ireland provides refunds of air or ferry travel costs to the purchasers of horses and ponies registered in a studbook licensed by the Department of Agriculture in the Republic of Ireland in respect of horses or ponies for export at certain international shows, subject to the conditions outlined below:
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT HORSE SPORT IRELAND
1st Floor, Beech House
Tel: +353 45 850800 | Fax: +353 45 850850
Eircode: W91 TK7N
BUY ONLINE DIRECT
Browse the current listings of Traditional Irish Horses on line through the Irish Horse Gateway an initiative of Horse Sport Ireland. All Traditional Irish horses advertised for sale on the Irish Horse Gateway will be stud book registered with recorded pedigree.
FACILITATED PRIVATE PURCHASE SERVICE
If you need assistance with purchasing a number of Traditionally bred horses the Irish Horse Gateway offers a facilitated private purchase service.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
to request further information.
OUR ONLINE DIRECTORY
FIND A TRADITIONAL IRISH HORSE BREEDER AND PRODUCER
This online directory is a simple way to find traditional Irish Horse breeders and producers.
Be sure to look for the TIH or Traditional. Vic for your reference - The official HSI writing on green passports is "Irish Sport Horse" (TIH) or "Irish Sport Horse Traditional Irish Horse Category" or "ISH" (TIH)
In Ireland weekly and monthly sales are held of horses and ponies. Buyers can view a wide range and quality of horses at these sales on any one occasion.
Should you wish to visit a sale to purchase a TIH you will need to look through the catalogues to identify which horses are actually Traditionally bred - look for the TIH or Traditional.
The summertime in Ireland is alive with county agricultural shows. These local shows are full of quality Traditional Irish Horses. Shows formats can include a variety of disciplines from show jumping, showing classes, in hand and ridden to hunter trials. Shows offer a great day of entertainment and a smart way of viewing stock in a more informal setting where you often meet the rider /breeder. Many horses at these shows will be for sale so it can be a good way of spotting a horse, seeing it in action and making an enquiry or finding out more information.
*Note it is recommended at all times that buyers carry out a pre-purchase inspection with a vet prior to purchasing.
DUBLIN HORSE SHOW
The Dublin Horse Show remains one of the biggest dates in the national and international equestrian calendars’ situated only 10 minutes from the heart of the capital city Dublin. This glorious and rich equine tradition is packed into a five-day extravaganza of all things horses in the month of August in Ballsbridge.
The first show was held in 1864 under the auspices of the Society but organised by the Royal Agricultural Society of Ireland where the show was held on the grounds of the Duke of Leinster’s Dublin Residence, Leinster House at Merrion Square.
For the first time in 2022 the RDS held a dedicated Traditional Irish Horse Working Hunter class on the Sunday of the show. It was a hugely successful class filled with top quality TIH horses and hopefully it will continue to showcase TIH horses at the highest level
The show relocated to a Greenfield site in Ballsbridge 1881. Each year as one of Ireland’s largest events, it welcomes tens of thousands of Irish and international visitors to enjoy a great week of equestrianism at the beautiful historic grounds of the Royal Dublin Society (RDS). Enjoy as a spectator or buyer some of the very best of Traditional Irish Horses at Dublin. Meet the breeders and producers and learn about old Irish bloodlines, the history of the TIH and why the Traditional Irish Horse with their 2000 years of history is still a world class leading modern performance horse.
The summertime in Ireland is buzzing and alive with county agricultural shows. The great traditional country shows often include food tents, artisan produce and best in show. It is a chance to immerse yourself in this great rural celebration of country life. The local shows are full of quality Traditional Irish Horses. Shows formats can include a variety of disciplines from show jumping, showing classes, in hand and ridden to championship hunter classes and carriage driving. Shows offer a great day of entertainment and networking with breeders and producers as well as plenty of fun activities for all the family to enjoy. Pack a picnic and join the great Irish Show Trail:
Shows and Exhibitions
TIH Modern Sport Horse
The Traditional Irish Horse has a broad appeal for several disciplines such as show jumping, hunting, eventing, dressage and for leisure use. The versatility of the TIH, along with excellent temperament, bravery, stamina, soundness and athleticism at elite and amateur levels offers buyers of the Traditional Irish Horse an exceptional equine partner for performance or pleasure.
Below are a selection of routes to purchase & source the Traditional Irish Horse.
Experience the versatile Traditional Irish Horse
The Traditional Irish Horse (TIH) is part of Ireland's rich heritage and culture. Over the centuries Irish horsemanship skills have fuelled the sporting excellence of an Irish national treasure; the famous Traditional Irish Horse.
The horse which walked with our Celtic predecessors and has been part of our civilisation for over 2000 years evolved to become a world leader in showjumping and eventing. The Traditional Irish Horses’ journey, evolution and influence on sporting bloodlines echo through time.
2000 years of breeding lives on through the modern Traditional Irish Horse and its contribution to world equestrianism is ongoing.
We hope when you think about buying your next horse it will be a Traditional Irish Horse, so you may get to enjoy a wonderful sporting equine partner for competition or pleasure and bring a little bit of history home with you.