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RINGFORT K SPECIAL by I'm Special de Muze out of Kandice Z by Kannan

Kandice

DON’T DO IT! TAKE THE EASY WAY OUT!
Christmas is done and dusted and sport horse breeders start to spend the winter evenings planning their foals for 2020! So, decide on the appropriate stallion (preferably one who has not only performed at the highest level himself but has also sired high achieving offspring), get your mare ready (the well bred mare with an international damline and even some performance herself), inseminate her, (once, maybe a second or third cycle), scan at 14 days to check for twins and take action if so - if a pregnancy scan again at 28/30 days to confirm a heartbeat and then again before next winter 2019 to confirm that pregnancy has held. Meanwhile keep your pregnant mare right with worming, good feed, forage, farriery, and supplements and hope for a successful foaling, a live healthy foal, a mare with plenty of colostrum and milk, and good spring and summer grass until the healthy and accident-free foal is weaned in the autumn of 2020. Phew! Nothing to it! Just a hundred opportunities for things to go wrong from you look up that fabulous stallion on Google or Facebook until that foal is weaned. Wouldn’t it be nice to jump to the “weaned foal” bit of that process without the potential for trauma and a failed harvest? RINGFORT K SPECIAL - he ticks all the above boxes; his dam is by Kannan; his sire is I’m Special de Muze and he is born and weaned NOW! He is a stunning black colt with athletic paces and an enviable temperament. You can look up more details of his outstanding breeding on my website under his dam’s name, Kandice Z, under Ringfort Broodmares on the drop down menu.

EMBRYO TRANSFER PROGRAMME FOR EMS FLORENCE - THREE RECIPIENT MARES ACQUIRED. FIRST FLUSH UNSUCCESSFUL.

MORE BAD NEWS AT THE FARM. THREE MONTH OLD FOAL BY VITTORIO OUT OF OUR MARE CSF LULU IS INJURED AND HAS TO BE PUT DOWN.



GREAT SADNESS AT RINGFORT IN AUGUST 2018 AS RINGFORT RUBICON, INTERNATIONAL 3* EVENTER, IS PUT DOWN FOLLOWING A KICK ON THE GALLOPS.

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RINGFORT CRUISE LOVING HIS WINTER PLANS NOW THAT HIS MARES ARE ALL IN FOAL!



IZZIETOP ON THE PODIUM FOR HER FIRST OUTING!

Remember this beautiful 5 year old brown mare we bought earlier this year...?

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brown mare

Well, EMS Florence has been getting all the attention from Steven as she made her way up the levels to International 3 *. .. but with Florence now back home at the farm while we try embryo transfer, Izzie is suddenly front of stage!

On Sunday 9th September she competed with Casey Webb in her first ever competition. It was a two-phase at Glaslough and she did not disappoint! Double clear and 3rd place in her class!

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We think there is a big future for this mare, by I'm Special de Muze out of a mare by the showjumping thoroughbred stallion Julio Mariner xx who won the St. Leger AND sired top sport horses.


RINGFORT L'LALLEGRO SELECTED FOR MONART SALE

SUPERB RESULT FOR FLORENCE AT TATTERSALLS

EMS Florence at her first International 3* at Camphire - fantastic!

JULY 2018: Superb result for EMS Florence at her first CNC3*!

Good news coming in from Ballindenisk! The beautiful grey mare EMS Florence stepped up to her first CNC3* and aced it. Good dressage of 34.3 and double clear show-jumping and cross country, with only 5.6 time faults...Many thanks Steven Smith for minding her round Ballindenisk today. Next stop the CIC3* at Camphire International. Serious stuff this. No doubt there will be pictures later...😂😎


SUCCESS FOR VITTORIO COLT!

Congratulations to the connections of CBI Victory, by Vittorio - 4 year old qualifier for the RDS. Our Selle Francais mare Lulu by Luidam had a stunning colt foal by Vittorio on 14th June.


Ringfort Glass Slipper's first foal is now four and winning! First dressage competition and a win!

Absolutely thrilled with the now 4 year old first son of the Westside Mirah mare, Ringfort Glass Slipper. By Cheeky Bobby Sparrow, Ringfort Jack Sparrow had his first ever dressage competition on Saturday - and he won!

Purchased as a yearling and imported to England via Belgium, by Jill De Quincey Adams and carefully produced by Claire Sheehan, this dark dun full Connemara has an exciting future ahead of him.


Good wins at eventing for EMS Florence (see under her name on drop down menu) and a new rider for Ringfort Rubicon!

Keeping it in the family! 17 year old Hollie Smith has taken over the ride on Ringfort Rubicon from her father Steven - and with three events under her belt and a 3rd, a win, and a second place, they are obviously suiting one another! Go Hollie!

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JANUARY 2018

Emily Corbett rides a few final transitions just six weeks to the day from she "started" the unbroken Izzietop (by I'm Special de Muze out of an Ultimo mare (Phin Phin) and with a grand dam by the thoroughbred, St.Leger winner and KWPN approved, Julio Mariner xx...). Now it is off to the field for a month for a break before we make big decisions about her future. Jumper...eventer...jumper...eventer...?

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NEW MARE

We are nothing if not resilient and we carry on despite our loss. In January 2018 we have purchased a very excitingly bred mare - Izzietop by I'm Special de Muze x Ultimo (Phin Phin) x Julio Mariner a 2013 16.2 mare.

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pedigree

With that pedigree she is headed for the breeding paddocks BUT not right away. She has first headed to Tyrella to Emily Corbett for breaking!

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Mr Mike, first foal out of Izzietop by Malibou TN (Mr Blue)

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Izzietop has had one foal, by the Mr Blue wonderchild, Malibou TN, and as she is rising five she will now be broken and campaigned to give her a personal performance record.

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Izzietop loose over a pole.


It is worth taking a detailed look at her pedigree...

I’m Special de Muze is unique:

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grandsireFirst of all his pedigree: sire Emerald has had countless victories with Harrie Smolders, including the World Cup of Washington in 2015, the Nations Cup of Falsterbo in 2015 and the Nations Cup of Aachen and Gijon in 2013. As a sire, the son of Diamant de Semilly x Carthago also does a great job; his oldest offspring compete already at 1.45m level.

I’m Special Muze’s dam Walnut de Muze:

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She has also won a lot all over the world, ridden by Harrie Smolders. Just think of Grand Prix and Nations Cup wins in Madrid, Dublin, Doha, Wellington, Mechelen and Calgary.

Ridden by Christophe Barbeau, Granddam Querly Chin:

She jumped the World Cup final in Milan and was reserve for the Olympic Games in Athens 2004. Afterwards, Querly Chin turned out one of the best broodmares ever to be in Belgium.


Rider Zoï Snels confirms the great qualities of I’m Special de Muze.

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“I think he has a 100% score on every aspect: he is top careful, has scope, has a great rideability and has a super attitude. If he continues to develop like this, he is a horse for the future!”

In 2013, I’m Special Muze jumped clear in all six rounds of the Belgian Pavo Stallion Competition, in 2015 he won the GMB Competition for six- and seven-year-olds in Drachten and in the same year he won the Showjumping Stallions Class at Indoor Brabant.


Damline:

Izzietop's dam line is just as exciting - Ultimo from the great chin chin line reknowned for producing top jumpers with good minds.

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Izzietop is PROK graded herself with the KWPN, and has bred one foal (by the Mr Blue wonderchild Malibou TN).

She has a top class jump, moves with quality and has loads of blood, as you would expect from St Leger winner Julio Mariner as her grand sire on her dam side.

So, Izzietop has gone to Emily Corbett at Tyrella for breaking and in the next couple of months we will decide on her future - showjumping or eventing? She is bred to be be a show-jumper and has all the athleticism required. But we do enjoy eventing!


FOR INFORMATION: izzietop is PROK - what is this?


Radiographic Exams / PROK

PROK means Project Röntgenologisch Onderzoek KWPN (Project Radiographical research KWPN).

Of course, a breeder wants to breed a healthy horse. This is also part of the breeding purpose of the KWPN.

The predicate PROK is awarded to KWPN-horses that comply with the radiographical conditions of the studbook. For the breeder this entails that his horse has good bone quality and is therefore able to pass on a good basis to its offspring.

During the radiographical exam X-rays are made of the front legs and hind legs. In the front legs, the navicular bone, the sesamoid bones, the fetlock joint and the coffin joint are evaluated. In the hind legs, the hock, the stifle and the fetlock joint are evaluated. The results of the examination are split up in classes. On the basis of these classes it is decided if the horse complies with the demands of the PROK-certificate.

The studbook has acknowledged veterinary surgeons throughout the country who can take X-rays. After the evaluation of the X-rays by an independent evaluation committee of the KWPN, the PROK-certificate can be given in case of a positive evaluation.



2017 ENDING

2017 closed on a very sad note with the death from Sepsis of our lovely Zirocco Blue, Ringfort Rocco Blue, rising three year old.

The Horse-breeding Business... the highs and lows...

Two years ago we bred four lovely colt foals at Ringfort. By Zirocco Blue, Glasgow van't Merelsnest, Ringfort Cruise and Tolegro (Totilas).

Yesterday morning i watched the only two - still living - two year olds enjoying the mild winter sunshine. A few weeks ago the Zirocco Blue was put down, having somehow stepped on a three inch screw and contracted sepsis; the Ringfort Cruise died during castration with an adverse reaction to the sedative Ketamine. The horse-breeding business is emotionally, psychologically and economically tough.

as a baby

This is Ringfort Rocco Blue as a baby with just a hint of the grey of his famous sire.



24.06.17 - at last a filly is born to Lady Portiana by Je T'aime Flamenco! A week late but healthy and gorgeous!

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14.06.17 Kandice Z scanned with a heartbeat to I'm Special de Muze.

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25th April - day two of training for Sam...

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24th April - Starting training!

First day of leading training for two week old Sam, colt foal out of CBI Land of Hope by Douglas VDL, heading to Sweden after weaning in five or so months time. He was a very good boy!

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New foal for Ringfort 09.05.17

Hope

Five days "overdue" and this morning we have a super Douglas VDL colt out of the Womaniser/Landadel mare, CBI Land of Hope. The foal - three hours old in the photograph - has already been sold while in-utero and will go to Sweden when weaned.


EVENTING IRELAND LISGARVAN APRIL 2017

The beautiful grey mare, EMS Florence does it again - a superb win in the 2* at Lisgarvan

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The ever elegant Ringfort Rubicon - into the water and out again - at Tyrella 2!

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It is eventing season again...Ballindenisk...

...and a win at his first 2017 event for Ringfort Rubicon!

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Ringfort Rubicon wins his first 2017 event!

Ringfort Rubicon was back in the ribbons in his first event of the season at Ballindenisk on Sunday ...absolutely horrible underfoot, and by all accounts horses were having to jump an extra 20 cms. out of the muck in the showjumping arenas, only slightly ameliorated by the organisers moving ALL the jumps at one point onto marginally better ground. But ever ready to rise to a challenge, Rubicon and Steven Smith, having completed a winning dressage of 30.3, sealed the winning deal with a "clear in the time" cross country, one of only two in the class to achieve it. A good start for Ringfort Rubicon - now to hope for better weather and good going at Tyrella on Saturday, when EMS Florence will make her 2017 debut!



NOVEMBER: Dressage success for our sweet Connemara mare Ringfort Glass Slipper.

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Great day at the Riding for the Disabled Association fundraising dressage event at the Smith Brothers yard at Gilford. With lovely home made soup and sticky buns available too.

Our Connemara mare Ringfort Glass Slipper was ridden to first place by Lucy McIlroy, and Ringfort Rubicon aka "Harry" also won both his classes with some superb riding from Casey Webb.

Great fun for all the competitors and no pressure all round!


OCTOBER 2016 - CAVAN YOUNGSTOCK SALES!

New filly foal for Ringfort - bought not bred!

With only one late born filly left at Ringfort - Ringfort Heloise du Moulin - we were faced with borrowing or buying another filly to keep her company.

So we went to the sales and were fortunate to buy a filly by Ice Man out of Ard Caramel.

Cavan Sales

For those who wanted to know more about our new filly which we bought, yes bought, at Cavan Sale of Young Stock yesterday - a chestnut filly! I have no hang-ups about mares or colour! Plenty of bone and a very good athletic step.

As to breeding, over the years I have made a habit of using 5* stallions (if appropriate to my mare) but also supporting young stallions that have taken my fancy. For example, I used Tinka's Boy when he was only rising six years old, long before he became the International star...so, here is one to look out for. Standing with Heather Dean Wright at Ard Cherrymount Stud, he is Ice Man - only three years old but his sire is Amaretto (1.60 show-jumper) and his dam Perpetua is also a 1.60 show-jumper. So, I haven't used him to breed but I have very happily bought a foal by him bred by Heather. He will do the 4 year old competitions next year and go up for Approval.

The dam of my new filly is Ard Caramel who has already bred two 1.35 and a 1.45 horse, including Ard Golden Crisp who represented Ireland in the 7 year olds in Lanaken a couple of weeks ago. Ard Caramel is also a full-sister of the 1.60 show-jumper Peninsula Emerald Lass, both by Ard Ohio. Incidentally Ard Ohio had a horse win the Bronze medal at the Rio OLympics.

Amaretto I (s. Alexis Z): complete pedigree, sport results, performance pedigree, offspring, damline, inbreeding etc. Amaretto I jumped the European Championship and the World Cup Final with Hugo Simon. Ice Man's dam 'Perpetua' won the CSI5* Grand Prix of Lummen with Willem Greve in 2008. His dam is also a half sister to Approved stallion 'Van Schijndels Optical' who came 2nd in the CSI4* Grand Prix of Copenhagen with Piet Raijmakers. His Grand dam is a half sister to approved stallion 'Casino' who competed European Championships, half sister to 'Casita' who competed World Equestrian Games and Olympic Games and also half sister to Chanell II who is the dam of Cumano!

ICE MAN's mother, Perpetua

Perpetua

And has the plan been successful - yes, a resounding success. Within 24 hours, the dam of Heloise de Moulin -, Moulin Fontaine, has drifted off to the side of the paddock and the two fillies are the best of friends.

APRIL 2017

A FULL SISTER TO OUR (NOW YEARLING) FILLY BY ICE MAN OUT OF ARD CARAMEL...

full sister to Ard Amaretta
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RINGFORT ESPRIT DU MOULIN

A clever artistic rendition of Ringfort Esprit du Moulin, three year old filly bred here at Ringfort, exported to the United States, and Reserve at her first Future Event Horse competition at the weekend.

3 years old

16th July 2016

ANOTHER WIN FOR EMS FLORENCE!

Tullymurry

A very pleasing double clear performance from the beautiful grey mare EMS Florence with Steven Smith in the Eventing Ireland CNC1* at Tullymurry today.

It was her first trip out since Tattersalls International and gives her a good run before the International at Camphire at the end of the month.


21st May 2016

EMS Florence wins CNC1* at Glenpatrick! Many thanks to John Gibson of Sporting Images NI for the pictures of Florence taking on the water!

The beautiful 6 year old grey mare followed her runner-up place at Finvoy with the all out win at Glenpatrick yesterday in the CNC1*. Starting the day in the lead after a dressage score of 76.25%, she went on to show jump clear in a very sticky arena with only nine of the horses in the class out of 22 leaving all the poles up! The cross-country was heavy going at times and at least one jump was taken out of the equation after proving to be unsafe, but Florence powered her way around clear all the way. It was a beautifully designed course, well up to height, with the fences dressed colourfully and cleverly - and the Megaheys are to be congratulated and thanked warmly for hosting such an excellent event. While much of the Province suffered under heavy cloudbursts and flooding in places, we came home red-faced and lamenting that we had forgotten to bring the sun lotion!

And the greatest thanks to Steven Smith, for withstanding the pressure not only to get the win but also to secure the qualification for Tattersalls! Phew!

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Yearling for sale - see details and video under Horses For Sale...

FOR SALE: 2015 FOAL/RISING YEARLING GELDING!

We have been asked for video of our 2015 foal/rising yearling, Ringfort Reve du Moulin (by Glasgow van't Merelsnest out of Moulin Fontaine, our top broodmare whose dam has THREE World Cup show-jumping siblings). See link to Youtube video below. For more details on the mare, and Glasgow, please see on our website under the mare's name on the drop down menu.

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SUPERB RESULT EVENTING FOR EMS FLORENCE

78.25% dressage and double clear for EMS Florence at Finvoy!

The beautiful 6 year old grey mare EMS Florence was back on tune for Ringfort in the CNC1* at Finvoy on Saturday as she romped clear in the time around the cross-country, having show jumped clear, and scored a magnificent 78.25% in dressage to take second place by .3 of a mark. (And congratulations to Jonny Steele who chalked up 78.5 in dressage on Katrina Dennison's 8 year old Mr Green to take the win!)

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Second by .3 of a mark!

RINGFORT BURSARY ANNOUNCED FOR YOUNG DRESSAGE RIDER TO TRAIN WITH MARIA EILBERG

The Saintfield Show Committee has announced an exciting sponsorship from Ringfort Sport Horses for a dressage class at Saintfield District Show at Balmoral Park on 18th June. Targeting younger riders up to 15 years old, on horses or ponies, from pure dressage and eventing, the winner will get the opportunity to train with one of the greats of the dressage world, Maria Eilberg. A bursary worth £100 will be available to pay for the training with Maria.

Jointly announcing the Bursary today with Emma Andrews of Saintfield Show Committee, the owner of Ringfort Sport Horses, Diane Harron Eakin, said “My first passion when I started to breed horses was for dressage - but I found I was about 25 years too early in Northern Ireland! This was confirmed when we started to support the discipline of eventing and discovered that the riders and their horses could adequately jump coloured poles and gallop cross country but paid little or no attention to dressage training with not unexpected results. How things have changed, as serious competitors have now realised that “flat-work” is the key to success in all equestrian disciplines.

“We are keen to support our very young riders to get the best possible training in dressage and this is the first of what we hope will be a continuous programme of bringing top trainers to Northern Ireland to benefit them.”

Riders under 15 who indicate their intention to be considered for the Ringfort Bursary can ride at any Championship level at Saintfield District Show at Balmoral Park, and just need to confirm their date of birth and their scores will go towards the final result.


NEW FOAL - RINGFORT COROMANDEL - ON 20TH APRIL 2016

By Connor

Introducing Ringfort Coromandel - bay colt born yesterday and bred in the purple. By Connor (Casall la Silla ex Korrada by Cor de la Bryere, a full sister to Corrado1) out of our Belgian warmblood broodmare and former showjumper, Vienda van't Kelderken. Her sire is Pachat 11, sire of Urano and Paradigm, damsire Nabab de Reve, sire of Glock London and like her, damsire of Scott Brash's Hello Sanctos.
What a fabulous morning to greet the world...even if it is difficult to know what to do with these extremely long dangly things with white socks!

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Now he is getting the hang of it....!

Con
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Welcome to the world Ringfort Coromandel (stable name Con) - doubly precious as it was the 2015 son of this mare who died following castration two weeks ago. And the adventure begins

leading the way

2016

EVENTING BEGINS! TYRELLA 2 ON APRIL 2ND

Horrible weather!

We were fortunate to get our dressage and show-jumping finished before the rains came back mid-afternoon! It was the first time out for Ringfort Rubicon since last September when he went unsound just before leaving for Le Lion. He didn't disappoint - lovely clears both show-jumping and cross country, with just 4.4 time faults. His dressage was lovely but a little tense and he finished in 5th place. Very pleasing! EMS Florence performed well in dressage and cross country (with just two time faults) but a second pole floating off in the show-jumping dropped her from 1st to 9th in a very strong class of 37 riders. Well done both horses, and thanks as usual to Steven Smith for his great training and riding. And a special mention of thanks to John Gibson from Sporting Images NI who waited for hours and hours at fences on the cross country, in awful conditions, to capture around 250 competing horses and ponies on film.

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EMS Florence 2016

Bay Gelding

Ringfort Rubicon 2016


April 1st. Sad news.

died after castration

So sad to say that this lovely big grey yearling by Ringfort Cruise out of Vieanda Van't Kelderken did not survive castration yesterday. The other four colts who were gelded yesterday are doing fine. Ringfort Voyager (Thomas) was just like his sire - sweet natured and first to the gate to greet visitors. He will be missed.



September 2015

Ringfort Rubicon has been invited to make the trip to Le Lion d'Angers to represent Ireland at the WBFSH Championships!

Brookpark Vikenti / Michael Ryan
BT Cloud Nine / Camilla Speirs
Categorically Cooley / Katie O'Sullivan
Cuffesgrange Ars Royale / Jonty Evans
Dam Easy / Heidi Hamilton
Goldman / Camilla Speirs
Kilrodan Queen B / Cathal Daniels
Pride of Tredstep / Aidan Keogh
Ringfort Rubicon / Steven Smith
Skyfall Echo / Alex Houston

Well done everyone

The 7 year old horses listed above in alphabetical order are all qualified for the CCI** at Le Lion d'Angers 15th -18th October 2015

Going to Le Lion

ANOTHER WIN FOR EMS FLORENCE!

Delighted to report that Florence won the ISH Eventing Series EI100 (5yo) class at Loughanmore on September 5th. She finished on her very good dressage score of 79.75%.

RINGFORT BLACK SPARROW BY CHEEKY BOBBY SPARROW OUT OF RINGFORT GLASS SLIPPER OUT OF GARRYHINCH CINDERELLA HAS BEEN WEANED AND IS NOW FOR SALE

now weaned

Colt foal by Cheeky Bobby Sparrow (Class 1 Connemara Grade A International jumping stallion).

He's a cracking foal with real depth of pedigree. Cheeky Bobby Sparrow's dam was also a Grade A showjumper by the rare and much sought after sire Gentian Rebel Tim. The mare produced ponies with scope, substance and outstanding jumping ability with the notable characteristic of being very sharp in front over a fence. Black Bobby Sparrow - champion RDS WH pony is a three parts brother to Cheeky, to name one of her other progeny.
Continuing the theme of a strong dam line, Jack Sparrow's granddam Garryhinch Cinderella was a full sister to the sire of notable performance ponies - Garryhinch Finn.
Cheeky Bobby Sparrow's oldest crop are now competing. They have been sold to America, Sweden, Belgium and France and are proving to be athletic, trainable, sound and exceptionally successful.

(See below) Ringfort Glass Slipper with her colt foal, full brother to Ringfort Black Sparrow, sold to Belgium.

went to Belgium

RINGFORT GLASS SLIPPER BY WESTSIDE MIRAH OUT OF GARRYHINCH CINDERELLA HAS BEEN BROKEN AND IS IN TRAINING AND WILL BE FOR SALE SHORTLY.

about to be weaned and broken

CAMPHIRE INTERNATIONAL HORSE TRIALS 2015

It started in lovely sunshine and ended in soggy, muddy, horrible conditions , hurricane winds and torrential rain. But that is Camphire for another year...delighted with the performances from our two horses and many thanks to Steven Smith for his great riding as usual...and special thanks to the grooms Hannah and Helen who battled the mud - a bit of a losing battle with the grey mare! Ringfort Rubicon finished a brilliant 13th in this his first CCI2*. His dressage was better than some of his marks (!), he sauntered around the 2* cross country track with just 2.4 time faults, and he had one very unlucky pole down in the show-jumping in the most atrocious conditions underfoot this year.

Camphire 2015
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Rubicon

Masterclass

Our lovely grey mare EMS Florence braved the same ground conditions, the flapping flags and loudspeaker announcements, and came 5th in a very strong 5 year old Masterclass. An important run out for her pre the RDS Final of the Young Event Series.



EMS FLORENCE HAS A SUCCESSFUL FIRST VENTURE INTO EVENTING!

Very proud of EMS Florence at Killossery on Saturday - first ever registered event with Eventing Ireland - and she wins it! Into the water with absolutely no hesitation. Bodes well! Thank you to Steven Smith for a super job as usual!

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RINFORT RUBICON GROWS UP - FIRST ADVANCED 2* OF HIS CAREER

For social reasons we were not able to go to Ballinamona on Sunday to see Ringfort Rubicon compete in his first Advanced Two Star class. He did fine without us - this young seven year old finished sixth against a field of many older and much more experienced horses...according to his rider Steven Smith he jumped too big into a combination in the showjumping, not leaving himself enough room to get out, to get four faults, and then rode a brilliant cross country to finish with only 1.2 time faults. Too many photographs about to be posted, I know, but he does so remind me of his mother Ringfort Rara Ruby who competed to International 3 star before retiring to breed - she would lock on to a fence, the ears would go forward and she would go....

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JUNE 14th, 2015 - Ringfort Rubicon, with his trainer and rider Steven Smith, wins the 0/CNC2* at Kedrah.

Ringfort Rubicon winning

It could be that Rubicon is happier about the upcoming landing than Steven is!


A photograph of the dam of EMS Florence, Kilshane Mansha, kindly supplied by Linda and Tom Magee.

dam of Florence

Kilshane Mansha 1987 mare by Horace AA out of Sheans Lady by Dangan King RID. Pictured with Victor Robinson at Balmoral Show in 1999. The mare is dam of Da Capo Two, 1997 event horse by Templebready Fear Bui, and EMS Florence 2010 grey mare by the Grand Prix Cruising stallion Loch Cruise. (Full brother to ICING Horse Sport Ireland 5 * mare.)

What a terrific family this is - steeped in the royalty of Irish breeding and performance....Cruising, Loughend Lady, Golda, Silva, Cairo, Kilshane Manga, Icing, Derryinver Luxury Cruise, and the refining blood of the influential Anglo Arab, Horace.

Also Necarne by Espri who jumped so well for the Irish Army until a fatal accident. Loch Cruise has the Irish TB 'greats' Nordlys and Water Serpent on his sire side. His dam Loughend Lady was out of Jingle Bells by the great TB Seven Bells. Plenty of blood in the pedigree!

JUNE 2015 - EMS FLORENCE, ON HER FIRST OUTING FOR THE STUD, WINS THE QUALIFIER FOR THE YOUNG EVENT HORSE SERIES FIVE YEAR OLD CLASS IN THE RDS.

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JUNE 2015 - EMS FLORENCE PURCHASED FOR RINGFORT SPORT HORSES

purchased for Steven

The most beautiful grey mare has been purchased to join Ringfort Sport Horses. Not, as one might assume, to be a broodmare...no, not yet. This 5 year old mare has been purchased for Steven Smith to train and compete for us.

With outstanding breeding for any discipline and world class siblings, we are very excited to have acquired her in the face of strong competition.

Horace (Anglo Arab), damsire of EMS Florence, and Thady Ryan in 1989 at Knockboy Stud in Co. Tipperary.

It is always nice to be able to claim an association with greatness - so here goes...Quickstar's damsire was Nithard (Anglo Arab). The damsire of our new mare EMS Florence is Horace (Anglo Arab) whose damsire is Pancho 11 by Nithard (Anglo Arab)!
And what is more, while researching EMS Florence's damline we have been able to get (courtesy of Sue and Chris Ryan) a photograph of Horace (AA) who was imported into Ireland by a syndicate led by Chris's father, the famous Thady Ryan of the Scarteen Black and Tans Hunt. Also in the syndicate was Diana Connolly Carew, who represented Ireland in eventing at the Olympics. They imported Horace, according to Chris, to be able to introduce more stamina and speed into the Irish mares.

Thady Ryan

Monatrea Bert by Horace, bred by Mary Roche Perks, had numerous national wins/placings in Ireland and completed successfully Punchestown CCI** and Burghley CCI* in 2000
But sadly, at the European three-day event Championships, first Irish team rider Ann Hatton had a fall in the second water complex when Monatrea Bert fell backwards off the bank. The horse appeared to have damaged a hind leg and was put down at the local veterinary hospital.



While we were at Tattersalls, Vieanda van het Kelderken (details on her broodmare page) was confirmed in foal to Connor (Cassall la Silla out of a full sister to Corrado 1)



RINGFORT RUBICON

Great performance at Tattersalls International to finish on his dressage score in 11th place!

Plenty of pictures to follow, but here are a few supplied by other people...

finished 11th

A couple more results for Ringfort Rubicon in preparation for the 6 and 7 year old International Class at Tattersalls...

At Ballindenisk International, he was 3rd in the CIC2* and in very bad conditions, he won the Open/CNC2* at Annaharvey.

Rubicon

Many thanks to Sinead Ni Riain for this wonderful picture of Steven Smith and Ringfort Rubicon which will be on display at Tattersalls International Event.

Tyrella 3 for Ringfort Rubicon and second in the CNC2*. Galloping home clear cross country 15 seconds inside the time!

second at Tyrella 3 in CNC2*

7th April 2015 - Some mares make you wait...and wait....and wait... But not Ringfort Glass Slipper - due date to foal, today 7th April...and guess what - birth of her colt by Cheeky Bobby Sparrow at 7 a.m. today! What a good mare!

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MARCH - FIRST FOAL OF THE 2015 SEASON HAS ARRIVED - 12 DAYS EARLY!

Happy Easter fellow breeders! I know, I know...foals... the greatest time-wasters ever! This little grey colt - by Ringfort Cruise out of Vieanda van't Kelderken - was nearly two weeks premature but at eight days old is finding his feet very nicely...not sure if he is playing peek-a-boo or hide and seek with Maggie and Mollie.

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SECOND EVENT OF THE SEASON FOR RINGFORT RUBICON AND A SECOND PLACE IN THE 2*

Ringfort Rubicon had led with dressage of 71.59% and a lovely clear xc but dropped a pole at the second fence in a howling gale and slipped back a place. The Harron Eakin Farms bred Ringfort Rubicon by Iroko, is out of the 3*** eventer Ringfort Rara Ruby, competed internationally by Steven.

second in two star at Tyrella 2

FIRST EVENT OF THE 2015 SEASON FOR RINGFORT RUBICON

Putting a toe in the water to test the temperature for the first time out eventing in 2015 for Ringfort Rubicon at Tyrella 1! A nice 73.5% dressage and double clear show-jumping and cross-country gave him a 3rd position for his opening event.

3rd place double clear and 73.5

Ringfort broodmares February 2015

The frost has gone, the weather is mild but dull, so...titivating time!
Some of the broodmares came in today for a mane pull, a tail wash and cut, and a general brush over to start removing the old winter coat.
They have wintered well - mostly out (well rugged up), but into the barn periodically to make sure we avoid any mud fever or rain scald....and so far so good.
1. Lady Portiana by TryTime (Numero Uno) x Cavalier Royale in foal to Zirocco Blue VDL, due date 9th May;
2. Ushi by Flemmingh x Wolfgang (Farn), in foal to Tolegro (Totilas), due date 5th May;
3.Vieanda van't Kelderken by Pachat x Nabab de Reve, in foal to Ringfort Cruise (Cruising x Nimmerdor) due date 7th April; and
4. Moulin Fontaine by Alligator Fontaine x Surcouf de Revel (Jalisco B) in foal to Glasgow van't Merelsnest, due date 18th August....so not looking nearly as pregnant as the others.
This is the best part....

in foal to Zirocco Blue

1. Lady Portiana by TryTime (Numero Uno) x Cavalier Royale in foal to Zirocco Blue VDL, due date 9th May;

in foal to Tolegro

2. Ushi by Flemmingh x Wolfgang (Farn), in foal to Tolegro (Totilas), due date 5th May;

in foal to Ringfort Cruise

3.Vieanda van't Kelderken by Pachat x Nabab de Reve, in foal to Ringfort Cruise (Cruising x Nimmerdor) due date 7th April;

in foal to Glasgow van't Merelsnest VDL

4. Moulin Fontaine by Alligator Fontaine x Surcouf de Revel (Jalisco B) in foal to Glasgow van't Merelsnest, due date 18th August....so not looking nearly as pregnant as the others.



Ringfort String of Pearls with her owner Stephanie Cunningham, in winning form.

Gaining more than 75% in a Dressage Ireland Prelim Test on November 30th. Having been campaigned lightly this year, following some downtime over Christmas, Stephanie will bring the mare out to compete in Eventing Ireland 5 year old classes in 2015.

75% dressage!

EVENTING IRELAND (NR) AWARDS 2014

group

Super results for Ringfort Rubicon and his rider Steven Smith. The Owner Breeder Award was presented to Diane Harron Eakin as Ringfort Rubicon (6 year old son of Ringfort Rara Ruby by Iroko who went from Pre-Novice to Advanced 2* in the 2014 season) had the highest number of points scored. Steven won Leading Rider Award (for the 18th time in 20 years!). Also in the photograph, Gina Johnson who won the Owner Breeder award for the previous four years, John Eakin, owner of Ringfort Stud, and Steven's wife Jennifer.

with the Owner Breeder Award

EVENTING IRELAND NATIONAL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 2014

The 2014 National Champion League Results for Eventing Ireland have been published....

Leading Rider: Steven Smith - out of 110 competitors - (Congratulations and many thanks for the crucial part he played in our home-bred horses' results!)

Leading Horse: 6th - Ringfort Valentino
Leading Horse: 9th - Ringfort Rubicon
...............out of 295 horses...............

Leading Breeder: 4th - Diane Harron Eakin
...............out of 297 breeders.............

Leading owner: 17th - Diane Harron Eakin
................out of 220 owners...............

...and finally, out of 75 leading mares, Ringfort Tinkarula and Ringfort India made it into the top 20, both 19th equal!

...and we had a wonderful 2014 season following our horses - the one we bred and still own, and the others we bred and have sold - all around Ireland, seeing beautiful parts of the country we would otherwise miss out on, and meeting a great bunch of other competitors, owners and breeders...not forgetting the heroic Dora Beacom and her dedicated helpers!


Champion Performance Foal 2014

RINGFORT RUBY'S CRUISE IS SOLD. This grandson of Cruising, out of Ringfort Rara Ruby by Ringfort Cruise will be staying in Ireland.

Winning Foal Show

RINGFORT RUBY'S CRUISE BY RINGFORT CRUISE OUT OF RINGFORT RARA RUBY HAS WON THE 2014 PERFORMANCE FOAL CHAMPIONSHIP

A perfect day for Ringfort Rara Ruby - former International 3* eventer and now broodmare extraordinaire! News that her 2014 foal Ringfort Ruby's Cruise by Ringfort Cruise won the Performance Foal Championship at the HBHBS event at Mossvale yesterday...and KWPN judge Ben Wentinck gave him nines for Conformation, Limbs, Star Quality and 9.5 for Athleticism! (The two year old full brother, Ringfort Patron Saint, won the Two Year Old Performance Futurity at Millstreet International four weeks ago). Meanwhile, also yesterday, Rara Ruby's six year old by Iroko, Ringfort Rubicon, was winning the O/CNC1* at Loughanmore. What a good mare.

foal show 2014

...and while Ringfort Ruby's Cruise was winning at Mossvale, Ringfort Rubicon (below) was winning at Loughanmore.

good boy!

Beautiful trophy from Half Bred Horse Breeders' Society for top Performance Foal, Ringfort Ruby's Cruise.

champion performance foal


Scarvagh House Horse Trials September 2014

Clear in the time!

Lovely day at Scarvagh House Horse Trials yesterday. I have added my thanks and appreciation elsewhere to Vina and Alfie Buller for making their wonderful estate and home available, and to Dora Beacom for her magnificent planning which got 280 odd competitors safely through their classes...but one cannot say it too often!
Ringfort Rubicon with Steven Smith had a good day. One of only three horses in the 6 year old CNC1* class to go clear in the time, (Steven had two and the winner Elizabeth Power had the other) he finished third.


Tattersalls September 2014

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Winning!

Ringfort Rubicon (by Iroko out of Ringfort Rara Ruby) winning, with Steven Smith, the CNC1* (6yo) at Tattersalls at the weekend... (having won the O/CNC1* at Kircubbin last weekend.) What a good boy!


August 2014 - Sharon Riddell and her seven year old mare Ringfort India by Indoctro C out of Renkum Hollanta winning the CNC1* at Annaharvey.

with Sharon Riddell

AUGUST 2014

RINGFORT RARA RUBY - it has a been a good couple of weeks for her foals so here is a little tribute.
My friends, both on and off Facebook, will have gathered that I love my old mare Ringfort Rara Ruby. She was not destined to be a broodmare - just a performance horse. Ruby is by Porsch (by Latano back to the TB Ladykiller) out of Sheepcote Cordula (by Cassander out of an Akkord mare) who I purchased as a foal from Israeli dressage Olympian David Pincus 20 years ago. Sheepcote Cordula had only two foals - both 3* International eventers. As usual with my well-bred fillies, I stole a foal out of Ruby before she went into training - the first one, by Ringfort Tinkatoo by Tinka's Boy was born dead and Ruby was badly injured internally during the birth. I was going to leave breeding her at that but on veterinary advice the following year I used a "small stallion" and inseminated her again. The stallion was Heather Dean-Wright's Ard Patrick and the foal, the first of her five foals (all colts) was Ringfort Downpatrick. In Horse and Hound two weeks ago there was a lovely photograph of him winning his first 2014 qualifier for HOYS. Then Ruby went on to compete and reached International 3* and was long-listed for the Beijing Olympics. Just before she was forced to retire with an injury, we had taken an embryo from her by Luidam. Last week in the Pony Club Championships at Cheshire, 15 year old Toni Quail with that now six year old Luidam gelding Ringfort Rua, had a really successful time. Representing East Down Pony Club she had a double clear in the show-jumping; a double clear in the eventing (with a very testing cross-country which saw two riders air-lifted to hospital) to finish on her dressage score; and, in addition, her team brought home the Horsemanship Award. Three weeks before, another six year old gelding out of Ruby, this time carried by herself, by Iroko, Ringfort Rubicon, finished 7th in his first International CCI1* at Camphire. (Rubicon is riddden by Gilford rider Steven Smith who, coincidentally rode Ruby to 3*). And at Millstreet last Friday, Ruby's two year old by Ringfort Cruise, born on the 17th March 2012, Ringfort Patron Saint, won the Two Year Old Futurity.
Increasingly we breeders are being encouraged to concentrate on the dam and her line and not just look at the fashionable stallions when we are choosing matches. How lucky am I? Five foals, five colts, four winners and the 2014 colt at home (full brother to the Futurity winner) has big shoes to fill! Now all I need is a filly out of her, to ensure the continuance of that damline. And Ruby, being Ruby, refuses to carry a foal when she has a foal at foot so no foal due for 2015. Next year I will try to get half a dozen embryos from her to increase my chances of getting a filly!

SEE BELOW ALL RUBY'S BABIES!

RINGFORT DOWNPATRICK

Winning HOYS qualifier

RINGFORT RUBY'S CRUISE

Ringfort Ruby's Cruise

RINGFORT RUBICON

Ringfort Rubicon

RINGFORT RUA

with owner Toni Quail

RINGFORT PATRON SAINT

Two year old Futurity winner 2014

EVENTING NEWS JULY 13th 2014 AND ANOTHER WIN FOR RINGFORT VALENTINO AND STEVEN SMITH

winning O/CNC2* at Monart

Ridden by Steven Smith, Ringfort Valentino won the O/CNC2* at Monart


KILLAAN BLU - PURE CONNEMARA PONY 6 YEARS OLD 15 HANDS FOR SALE - SEE UNDER HORSES FOR SALE

Pure Connemara
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EVENTING NEWS JULY 12th AT CRECORA

We had a lovely weekend in Co. Limerick at the Crecora event. One of the loveliest places we have visited this year - roomy warm-up arenas, great galloping cross country track with some challenging fences, and the most welcoming officials. Thank you all.

Ringfort Rubicon was back out competing in the 1*. Ended up second with a very nice dressage of 29, clear in the time cross country, and an infuriating last pole down in the show-jumping!

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two years old

...and for those who remember the little grey filly Ringfort String of Pearls out of Renkum Hollanta by Larino whom we sold as a two year old to Stephanie Cunningham in Co.Limerick - she is now four years old and had her first outing at Intro level.

Lovely dressage and clear show-jumping and a nice easy first run across country where she intentionally picked up a few time faults, and she finished in 8th place. They are going to have some fun!

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JULY 2014 AND MARES RETURNING FROM STUD - IN FOAL!

Lady Portiana

On the left, Lady Portiana by Try Time out of Moystown Princess by Cavalier Royale in foal to Zirocco Blu; and Ushi by Flemmingh in foal to Tolegro by Totilas.

in foal to Ringfort Cruise

Foreground, Vieanda Van Het Kelderken by Pachat11 (see details of breeding on menu under Pedigree of Broodmares) in foal to Ringfort Cruise.

Sire of Vieanda is Pachat ii, sire of, among others, Jessica Kurten's top horse Urano and the Olympic horse Paradigm. Her damsire is Nabab de Reve, sire of Eurocommerce (now re-named Glock) London, mount of Gerco Schroder , and damsire of Scott Brash's Hello Sanctus (formerly known as Sanctos Van Het Gravenhof).

Beside Vieanda is this year's colt by Ringfort Cruise out of 3* eventer Ringfort Rara Ruby.

Harold

Ringfort Rara Ruby to date in her broodmare career has refused to carry a foal if she has a foal at foot. Always one to try to buck the trend she has been inseminated with Paris Blue at Drumhowan Stud. Fingers crossed!


EVENTING IN MAY - RINGFORT RUBICON AND RINGFORT VALENTINO

Ringfort Valentino - winner at 0/CNC* at Glenpatrick and Tullymurry and second by a point at Boden Park.

Boden Park

Ringfort Rubicon - 3rd in the 1* at Tullymurry and winner at Boden Park!

Ringfort Rubicon
Boden Park
Boden Park

RINGFORT SIRED HORSE GOING GLOBAL

DATELINE APRIL 2014: You Two Kelly is one of two show-jumpers now in quarantine on their way to China - the first two horses to be exported directly from Ireland to China. You Two Kelly is a nine year old mare by Warrenstown You 2 out of a Water Serpent mare. The stallion Warrenstown You2 was bred by Diane Harron Eakin here at Ringfort Stud, then sold to International tenor Ronan Tynan, who gave him his prefix. He is by Narcos out of the mare Ringfort Dilettante by Daz (John Whitaker's coloured Dutch show-jumping stallion otherwise known as Ico Sun from the great Marco Polo line).


MARCH 2014 AND EVENTING SEASON STARTS AGAIN

GOOD RESULT FOR RINGFORT RUBICON AT TYRELLA 2 IN HIS FIRST EVER 1*

Ringfort Rubicon stepped up to 1* level at Tyrella 2 last weekend and did not disappoint. He had a winning score of 28 coming out of the dressage, then clear in the time across very claggy country, but left a leg in the mud of the show-jumping arena to slip down to second place. Not complaining at all - a very good result for this son out of 3* eventer Ringfort Rara Ruby by Iroko - first time out at 1*.

second in first 1* at Tyrella 2

ANOTHER WIN FOR RINGFORT RUBICON

Ringfort Rubicon and Ringfort Rua at Tyrella 1 on Saturday. Both six years old and both out of Ringfort Rara Ruby, 3* International eventing mare. Ringfort Rubicon (by Iroko) winning his class, ridden by Steven Smith, with a 79% dressage and clear show-jumping and cross-country, was born naturally. Ringfort Rua (by Luidam) giving a very creditable performance with his Junior C owner/rider Toni Quail, was born by embryo transfer. The mare stamps her stock!
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Ringfort Rubicon winning Tyrella 1 2014
Doing well at Tyrella1 - first Jnior C

MARCH 2014

That bitter-sweet moment when two of the foals you bred are about to be loaded up to go on the first stage of their journey to their new home in the USA. Ringfort Lough Cruise by Ringfort Cruise out of the Flemmingh mare Ushi, and Ringfort Esprit du Moulin by Camillo VDL out of Moulin Fontaine have now left the stud at Derryboy this morning to go via Dublin, Amsterdam and quarantine in New York to Hartford, Connecticut - Bon Voyage, and all the luck in the world to Mrs. Ricki Hellner, their new owner.

leaving for the US

SEPTEMBER 2013

SUPER SATURDAY AT SCARVA!

winning pre-Niovice at Scarva

Steven Smith and the 5 year old Ringfort Rubicon finishing strongly to win the pre-Novice A class at Scarva on Saturday....double clear and a sub-30 dressage score.

Same result for Sharon Riddell on her Ringfort-bred Ringfort India, winner of the pre-Novice B at Scarva. Sharon bought the mare as a foal from the stud.

winning at Scarva 150913

EVENTFUL LOUGHANMORE!

There were three Ringfort horses in the warm up for the show-jumping phase of three different classes at Loughanmore on Saturday. Sharon Riddell on her own Ringfort India; Trevor Smith on his Ringfort Tinkarula; and Steven Smith on Ringfort Rubicon.

warm-up

Ringfort Rubicon did a lovely dressage with plenty of 8's, a score of 28; and some decent jumping in the warm-up, but then oops!.... left out fence 11 to end up being eliminated!


clear
Tinkarula

A very happy Trevor Smith jumping clear and a super dressage of 22.5 to end up second in the 1*


Sharon

...and Sharon Riddell with a super double clear to finish on her dressage score in the 6 year old class with Ringfort India in 7th place!

FOALS ALL HAPPY USING THE CREEP.

very happy

Sometimes I wonder how we managed before we had builders' cages to erect temporary constructions! The three foals are happily wandering in and out of the creep in the corner of the field - a back door and a front door! - and I can be confident that they are getting their full supplement of hard feed every day and greedy mothers are not pushing them out of their feeders. Mares (see Pedigrees of Broodmares on drop-down menu) have finally admitted they can't get under the bar and have given up trying! Details of these three Ringfort foals can be found on Irish Horse Gateway. Click on link below.


RINGFORT RUBICON IN THE RIBBONS AGAIN!

3rd

Ringfort Rubicon (ex Ringfort Rara Ruby by Iroko) 3rd at Tattersall's. Another decent result on Saturday 31st August 2013, in the pre-Novice 4 and 5 year old class at Tattersall's. Placed third in the class, finishing on his dressage score of 33.5, and double clear both show-jumping and cross-country. Only the top three horses finished with a double clear, in the time. Ridden, impeccably as always, by Steven Smith of Gilford.

Rubicon's dam

...and doesn't Ringfort Rubicon look like his dam Ringfort Rara Ruby? Three star mare competing at Tattersalls International many years ago!

Ruby

...and a rather bigger drop for Ruby!

Early August 2013

Mares and foals moving on to new grass.

The bay filly is out of French Beauty by French Buffet and by the Voltaire stallion Lancelot. French Beauty, has an exceptional damline in that she is out of a Silvano (Corland x Bernstein x Ramiro Z) mare out of a mare by Diamond Lad.

mares and foals
French Beauty filly by Lancelot

Will we really call her Ringfort French Toast? Out of French Beauty by French Buffet....


RDS 2013 - Saturday 10th August

WIN FOR RINGFORT TINKARULA AT DUBLIN HORSE SHOW

Congratulations to Smith's Eventing work rider Katie McKenzie who won the Combined Training Class at the RDS following the final show-jumping phase on Saturday evening. With both dressage and show-jumping elements over two days, the purpose of the class is "to encourage equitation amongst young riders and to provide them with an opportunity to showcase their equestrian skills". Second after the dressage phase, Katie scored the only clear round of the class in show-jumping to achieve victory. Ringfort Tinkarula is by the Ringfort home-bred stallion Ringfort Tinkatoo out of a half-sister to the stallion Ringfort Cruise, Renkum Hollanta. Katie is trained by Trevor Smith.

1st 681 Ringfort Tinkarula Mrs Anne Kerr & T Smith Katy McKenzie
2nd 687 Footfall Patrick Whelan Patrick Whelan Jnr
3rd 678 Ricardo Colour Maureen Brown Daniel Brown


22nd JULY: At last - some pictures of this year's foals.

colt
Jay and Ushi?
so happy together

All the photographs above are of eventing mare Ushi with her colt foal by Ringfort Cruise. Get more details under Pedigrees of broodmares on this site, or on the Irish Horse Gateway site.

Filly called Lucie
filly by Camillo VDL
Out of Moulin Fontaine

The three photographs above are the filly foal out of Moulin Fontaine by Camillo VDL. (See under Pedigrees of Broodmares for more details of breeding and performance.)

20th JULY: MORE SUCCESS FOR RINGFORT RUBICON

Ringfort Rubicon wins the 4th leg of the Horse Sport Ireland Eventing Series for 5 year olds at Ravensdale.


8th July 2013 - BREEDING NEWS - the Corland filly, Bella Corella, confirmed in foal to Ringfort Cruise.


3rd JULY 2013 - At Tattersalls, Ringfort Rubicon, our five year old gelding out of Ringfort Rara Ruby by Iroko, qualifies for the Young Event Horse class at the RDS.

qualified for RDS

15th JUNE 2013 -The breeding acquisition trail ends with the purchase of our final broodmare. A three year old dark bay filly by Corland (Cor de la Bryere) out of a Cavalier mare (Ballinvella and Carnival Night.) The best of European and Irish bloodlines.

With two siblings already exported to, and competing in show-jumping in, the United States, this filly was destined for great things - but an injury following an accident in the paddock has ruled her out of competition even though she is still completely sound. This was demonstrated (see below) when she was brought off the field, without benefit of schooling, to show us her talent. It is a great pity that talent will never be put to the test, but needless to say we are delighted to have been able to acquire her for our broodmare herd and she will go immediately to Ringfort Cruise at Drumhowan Stud in Castleblaney for insemination - adding Cruising and Nimmerdor to those illustrious bloodlines.

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14th JUNE 2013 - Alligator Fontaine mare foals - a chestnut filly by Camillo VDL. Strong filly with white legs behind and a long white stripe. It was Moulin Fontaine's first foal but she was magnificent - an effortless foaling.

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Moulin Fontaine is now at Tullyraine House Stud to be inseminated with Cardento semen.

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7th JUNE 2013 -French Buffet mare foals - a bay filly by Lancelot. Stong filly and effortless foaling.

filly by Lancelot
Brandy and filly

French Buffet mare with filly foal at 12 hours.


30th MAY 2013 - New mare byAlligator Fontaine - Moulin Fontaine - acquired for Ringfort Stud. She is perhaps the best bred, and best-related, mare to ever grace our paddocks.

Moulin Fontaine by Alligator Fontaine
Dam: Hortense Du Moulin x Surcouf De Revel x Jalisco B

Surcouf De Revel Jumped for Portugal with his rider, Miguel Faria Leal -
together they jumped in three European Championships, two World Championships and
also at the Olympic Games in Atlanta '96

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Grand Dam of Moulin Fontaine is Qualite De Lisle x Nankin (Nankin is Dam sire of Quidam De Revel)

Hortense du Moulin, the dam of our new mare, is also the dam of: Klotaire du Moulin; Ella du Moulin; and Bleu Perche.

Klotaire Du Moulin - '98 Stallion By Voltaire. A Fully Approved stallion in France, he jumped with Penelope Le Provost at 1.60 level before being sold to the United States in 2009 to compete with a young girl rider.


Ella du Moulin - '92 mare by Voltaire
She competed at World Cup level with Eric Navet and Patrice Delaveau for France


Bleu Perche - '89 Stallion By Palestro
Represented Chile at the World Equestrian Games in Jerez in 2002

...and some more interesting facts about Moulin Fontaine's sire, Alligator Fontaine...

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Alligator fontaine seems to be proving a good broodmare sire. In recent weeks he has been the dam sire of the winner of the famous Le Baule in France - a mare called Ornella Mail sired by Lando and from an Alligator mare ridden by Patrice Delaveau

Also the Olympic champion Steve Guerdat has purchased a new 7 year old stallion called Kavalier. He is sired by Kannan and is again from an Alligator Fontaine mother.

The most famous offspring of Alligator Fontaine is a mare called Jalisca Solier who was also ridden by Steve Guerdat to many successes at International level. (see her jumping below).)

Steve Guerdat
Winner at La Baule

With Moulin Fontaine, we also acquired a superb mare by French Buffet(TB) called French Beauty.

Brandy and Polly

French Beauty - five years old this year - is the first foal from her mother Ballyscully Beauty, who is by Silvano out of a Diamond Lad mare . Ballyscully Beauty's full brother was 5th in the 3year old Loose jumping finals at Cavan in 2006. He was then purchased by Shane Breen and exported to Italy. The Grandam was placed 3rd in the young Irelander Final at Millstreet in 1997. Ballyscully Beauty has four other registered progeny so far, the oldest rising four years old, and she is still breeding.

30th May - the two new mares arrive at the stud and settle in to graze on the ringfort with Molly watching on!


CATCH ME IF YOU CAN MOTHER!

26th May...Five weeks late and he came out galloping! Ushi with her lovely colt foal by Ringfort Cruise born on Sunday.

Three nervous breakdowns
Out of Ushi by Ringfort Cruise
in the sunshine

EVENTING SEASON IN FULL SWING AT LAST.

Ringfort Rubicon

26th May...and a good result at Killossery too...double clear in show jumping and cross-country and finished on his dressage score of 33 - in the top three marks. (We weren't there to see him as we were mare-watching. Sure enough Ushi, who was five weeks overdue, presented us with a lovely brown colt that evening.) Rubicon is now back at the stud for a break on the grass for a week while Steven competes at Tattersalls on his more advanced horses.

Rubicon

Lovely weather at Glenpatrick for Ringfort Rubicon.

RINGFORT RUBICON has had his first two affiliated events with Steven Smith under Eventing Ireland Rules - very pleasing results being third at both Boden Park and Kircubbin, clear both show-jumping and cross-country and finishing on his dressage scores.
Footnote: As Sharon Riddell rode into the dressage arena at Kircubbin on her beautiful mare Ringfort India, bred at the stud 6 years ago, we wished her luck. Never again - she ended up second in the class on a dressage score of 28 to Rubicons's 28.5!

get in out of the rain.

Filthy weather at the event at Kircubbin... for Steven and Rubicon it was "get round as quickly as possible - and clear - and get in out of the rain!"


New member of the Ringfort family...

We left the event at Boden Park in Co. Meath and continued down the road to Co.Kildare to buy Maggie, a German Shepherd pup. She's going some way to comforting us after losing our beautiful 12 year old Dalmatian Ribbon to heart failure in April.

in the paddock
beauty

APRIL 2013

RINGFORT GLASS SLIPPER - CLASS 1 AND IN FOAL

It has been an eventful month for our Connemara Westside Mirah filly out of Garryhinch Cinderella.

She had a visit to Kildare to the home of top Connemara Grade A show-jumping stallion Cheeky Bobby Sparrow for covering. A week later she was at Fintona for the Connemara Inspections and was awarded Class 1 Status. Subsequently she has been successfully scanned in foal and scanned for a heart-beat.
She will be broken and ridden this summer and then turned away to relax until her foal is born next March.


BEAUTIFUL NEW MARE PURCHASED

Ushi by Flemmingh (Landgraf) out of a mare whose grandsire is Farn - also the grandsire of Ringfort Cruise, and she is in foal to Ringfort Cruise.

with foal
moving with foal

Ushi with last year's filly foal, who sadly died at four months old.

competition
with Jim Newsam

And in line with the Ringfort Stud policy of only breeding from performance, or well-related, mares - this is USHI, ridden by Jim Newsam to second place at the 1* at Tattersall's.

BREEDING PLANS

Ushi and 3* mare Ringfort Rara Ruby will go to the breeding paddocks now - Ushi to await her foal by Ringfort Cruise, and Ruby - (we hope in this coldest Spring for 50 years) to start cycling, when she also will be inseminated with Ringfort Cruise semen.

The Alligator Fontaine and French Buffet mares are both due to foal within the next few weeks.


HEROGRAM!

WE HAVE BEEN FORTUNATE TO HAVE BRED MANY SUPERSTARS IN THE PAST. BUT WE LOVE TO HEAR FROM ALL RINGFORT HORSE OWNERS - AT WHATEVER LEVEL. HERE'S A COPY OF AN EMAIL WE RECEIVED FROM AN AMATEUR RIDER - A GIRL CALLED RACHAEL! HAPPY OWNER OR WHAT?

Diane

This is an email I have been putting off writing for a while but I saw you were closing up your yard and I suddenly realised its now or never.

I have a lovely Ringfort horse by the name of Ringfort Caruso (aka. Harvey) and I just wondered if you had any more information about him. He came to me from a girl down in Clougher who but I don't know much about what he did before he came to me. I got him as an 8 year old and he is now 12. I'd love to know what he did in his early life, but I know you have had a lot of horses over the years so I understand if you lost track of him. I'm lucky to know he came from such a well respected yard, and I know a lot of people don't even have that much information about their horses.

But I'd just like you to know you bred a wonderful horse. Harvey is the loveliest animal I have ever encountered and he's opened more doors for me than I could ever have imagined. He has an amazing scopey jump and a temperament to die for. He'l will be with me for the rest of his days. Thank you.

Here's a little photo of him that was taken in July. Ever the professional, winning with his eyes closed.

eyes closed!

FOAL INSPECTION 2012 AT LOUGHERNE STUD

WE ALWAYS THINK IT IMPORTANT TO COMPARE OUR FOALS WITH OTHERS COMING TO THE MARKET. TO THAT END WE TOOK THREE OF OUR 2012 FOALS TO THE GERMAN STUD BOOK FOAL INSPECTION AT LOUGHERNE STUD IN JULY. THEY WERE ALL AWARDED TOP PREMIUMS!

Paddy

RINGFORT PATRON SAINT (born 17th March 2012) By Ringfort Cruise out of Ringfort Rara Ruby

Patron Saint

Admittedly not a great quality picture, but a hint of the athleticism of Ringfort Patron Saint.



Ringfort Solo Crossing

RINGFORT SOLO CROSSING - chestnut (maybe going grey) 2012 filly out of Sheepcote Solitude by Ringfort Cruise


out of Pistazie

RINGFORT FINALE - BY OSMIUM OUT OF PISTAZIE - THE LAST FOAL TO BE BORN AT RINGFORT STUD. HAILED AS A TOP PREMIUM WINNER BY INSPECTOR, NORBERT FREISTEDT, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF THE GERMAN STUD BOOK. See more details under "Horses for Sale".

JOEY OUT OF PISTAZIE


May 2012

MEANTIME, LOOK UNDER 'HORSES FOR SALE' TO SECURE A CHAMPION OF THE FUTURE, OR A TOP PERFORMANCE BROOD MARE TO BREED YOUR OWN CHAMPION. AND CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO SEE DETAILS OF THE FARM FOR SALE.


JUNE

24th June: and the final foal of the season was foaled by us 14 days early at 1.45 on Sunday morning.

RINGFORT FINALE, a bay colt out of Pistazie by Osmium (photographs to follow) is big, leggy with a beautiful head and well marked on his face and legs.


ONE OF THE ABIDING PLEASURES TO COME FROM BREEDING HORSES AND SELLING THEM GLOBALLY IS THE FRIENDSHIPS WE HAVE MADE, AND THE NEWS AND FEED-BACK WE RECEIVE FROM OUR RINGFORT-BRED HORSES' NEW OWNERS.

Here are the latest batch of photographs of a foal we bred out of Sheepcote Solitude in 1997 by the great World Cup winning showjumping stallion Tinka's Boy.

Ringfort Tinkatoo - after sweeping the boards here in his first year of competition with Steven Smith, he was exported to former US Olympic rider Jon Hollins and competed successfully across the United States. His new owner is Young Rider Woodge Fulton.

HE IS CERTAINLY AS HANDSOME AS EVER - WE HOPE HIS SISTER SOLO OUT OF SOLITUDE GROWS UP TO BE AS BEAUTIFUL!

Lovely Boy

Placed 4th in her first CCI1*, Woodge has been selected to represent Area 11 at the North American Junior Young Rider Championships next month with him.

Trot up
tidy jump
jumping
very pleased!

SEE VIDEO OF RINGFORT TINKATOO AND WOODGE UNDER SHEEPCOTE SOLITUDE IN THE HORSES FOR SALE MENU


APRIL - REALLY GREAT NEWS FROM THE U.S.

Ringfort Carragheen is back competing after her ground-breaking stem cell therapy treatment for injury to both front tendons. With her rider and owner Tori Howe they not only completed the Senior Training Class at Twin Rivers Ranch in California - they were placed second and finished on their dressage score...a fabulous result after 18 months on the sidelines following her last competition in September 2010. According to Tori's mum Dee Anne, who sent us the video below, "Caragheen was really up for all of it!" Really super to see Carragheen flying the flag for her sire Ringfort Cruise in the U.S. Especially at a time when offspring of Cruising are really hitting the headlines following Rich Fellers victory in the World Cup with Flexible.

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(As we are at the end of the line for broadband, it takes a long time for YouTube exerpts like this to "buffer". If you have a similar problem, I have found a new system - start the video, then put it on pause and go and make a cup of coffee and watch Neighbours - then go back and press play and it will run straight through!)

Go Ringfort Carragheen...!


29th APRIL 2012 - AT LAST! FILLY FOAL BORN TO SAMICHEL 24 DAYS AFTER DUE DATE (and see more pictures of the filly at six days old under HORSES FOR SALE on this website.)

Howard Whelan very kindly foaled the mare for us as we were away for the weekend in Stratford watching The Tempest and The Comedy of Errors at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. So, stable name Miranda, daughter of Prospero in The Tempest.

Filly of Samichel

DAY 1: Miranda by Osmium out of Samichel - well worth the wait. Too, too beautiful.

24 days late
Samichel and filly foal
with her mum Samichel

APRIL 2012

STONE OUT OF STONEBECK BY LAHIB HAS A 10 LENGTHS VICTORY IN THE RESTRICTED RACE IN THE LEDBURY POINT TO POINT AT MAISEMORE PARK IN ENGLAND

...three fences from home and Foundary Square, Stone, Zaracha and Boddington Lad were the only ones still in with a realistic chance of success but the Emma Alvis-trained Stone eased past his rivals in the home straight to win by 10-lengths.
Stone was purchased by Dymock-based owner Clive Bennett in Ireland last May but it has taken the trainer some time to iron out his idiosyncrasies. "He is very keen at home and his jumping has also required extensive schooling. We've had a slow start to the season, hopefully we can kick on now" she said after the race.


COLT FOAL PADDY (OUT OF RINGFORT RARA RUBY BY RINGFORT CRUISE) AND HIS NEW CHUMS!

born on St. Patrick's Day

MARCH 31st 2012

LOTS OF VERY GOOD COMPETITION RESULTS FOR RINGFORT HORSES IN THE PAST WEEK

RINGFORT TINKATURK: Making the front page when winning first time out for his new American owners.

on US magazine

And, as my grandchildren would say - Guess what? Ringfort Tinkaturk's sire Ringfort Tinkatoo, was competing the same day - with lots of vociferous support! See video excerpts below.

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RINGFORT FIGHTING CHANCE: Second, first time out, and winning second time out!

Ridden by his new owner in the US, Olympic rider Kim Severson, the results were - second at PINE TOP "in his consistent fancy manner" as she put it, and the winner in Open Training at POPLAR.


RINGFORT RUBICON: Winning first time out!

As part of his education Rubicon competed in the 4 year old Working Hunter Mill Yard qualifier for the Northern Ireland Show at Cavan.

Lap of honour with Claire

There is no Justice! Having ridden a lovely competition Jonathan Steele handed Rubicon over to his wife Claire for the line-up as he had two horses in the class. Result - when Rubicon was placed first Claire got to do the lap of honour on him!

Lovely horse!

Lovely boy.


RINGFORT CRUISE RETURNS TO DRUMHOWAN STUD FOR THE 2012 STUD SEASON

Following his extremely successful first season at Drumhowan Stud, Castleblaney, Co. Monaghan, the Nations Cup Cruising stallion has returned for a second season, with a strong book of mares already confirmed.

"He knows us and we know him" says Gladys McArdle, owner of the stud with her husband, Eamon, when the stallion returned to the Castleblaney Stud last week-end "and he just walked across the yard to his own box, and immediately settled in. We are delighted to have him back".

The brochure for the stud will be published in the next few weeks. Meanwhile, should mare-owners wish to contact the stud, the information is as follows: Telephone 00353429745611; Mob: 00353872438959; and email:drumhowanstud@eircom.net


Four year old Ringfort Rubicon in pre-training with Jonathan and Claire Steele meeting a few interesting obstacles and making short work of them at a schooling session at Tyrella - with great thanks to landowner, Mr. David Corbett.

LAMIfg
lovely boy

Ringfort Carragheen back in work and ready to compete after ground-breaking stem cell treatment in California.

Carragheen in California

...and here she is regaining full fitness at the gallops. In the sunshine of California!


St. Patricks's Day - 17th March - new foal born at the stud!

by Ringfort Cruise

"Paddy" is a colt by Ringfort Cruise (a little half-brother for Carragheen) out of Ringfort Rara Ruby. Plenty of chrome, as they say around here and already (at four hours old) racing his mother around the paddock.

chasing his mother

FEBRUARY 28TH - FINALLY GOT A PICTURE OF TWO OF THE NEW PREGNANT MARES, PISTAZIE (chestnut) and SAMICHEL.

two new pregnant mares
New mare in foal by Osmium
NEW MARE

I couldn't be happier with their pedigree, movement and temperament. Pistazie came with the stable name "Easy" and she is just that! Samichel due to foal in April and Pistazie in late July.

Out of Pistazie by Cherokee King

And a new foal - bought not bred. FOXY LADY: here is Pistazie's late 2011 foal by (you won't see many of these at my stud!) coloured Grade A jumping stallion Cherokee King. Regardless of the sire, I liked what I saw on the ground!

FEBRUARY

STONE BECK SCANNED NOT IN FOAL.

STONE BECK COVERED 17th JANUARY

National Hunt mare Stone Beck was covered on January 17th at Hugh Suffern's Tullyraine Stud by Winged Love. Twice a winner over hurdles herself, she is a half-sister to Mahler who won the Heineken Gold Cup.

OCTOBER UNTIL JANUARY

Horses have all moved to winter quarters. Despite our frequent protestations about cutting back and heading for retirement, we have purchased two new bood mares and two foals. Two of our rising four year olds have had their first taste of hunting.

NEW MARES

Pictures and information to follow

NEW FOALS

Pictures and information to follow.


HUNTING

Great education for two of the young ones - Ringfort Rubicon and Ringfort Redwood (Blondie) behaved impeccably in a field of 182 horses at the New Year's Day hunt at Loughanmore.

HUNTING AT LOUGHANMORE
BLONDIE AND RUBICON

new year's dayIt was a fun day out for John and Emily Corbett - and showed great courage from John who, while an accomplished and avid polo player, last jumped a horse abut 10 years ago. All involved - horses, riders and spectators - arrived home intact.

John at hunt

SEPTEMBER 2011


At Tyrella

Horse Sales (1): Ringfort Fighting Chance who was sold by the stud to Steven Smith and ridden by Trevor Smith very succesfully earlier this year under Eventing Ireland Rules, has been sold on to the US. He has been bought by Olympic Rider Kim Severson.

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Ringfort Fighting Chance is by our home bred stallion Ringfort Tinkatoo (who was also sold to the US) and out of Renkum Hollanta.


Horse Sales (2): Ringfort Butterfly, who is by former Irish Army Nations Cup and Grand Prix horse, Boherdeal Clover, has been sold to a Northern Ireland young rider moving to horses from ponies.

Her dam, Ringfort Opera, is out of Renkum Hollanta by Ard Ohio.


EVENTING SUCCESS: Johnny Mulligan, from the Smith's Ballymac Stables, Gilford, has been tasting success on Ringfort Swan Song. Bought from us by Steven as a two year old, she has now notched up a win at Craigantlet and a second place at Scarvagh.

second at Scarvagh

The now six year old Ringfort Swan Song, so called because she was to be the final foal out of Renkum Inglewood, is by Ard VDL Douglas by Darco.

But Renkum Inglewood, by Renkum Englishman, out of a TB mare by St. Leger winner, Athens Wood, went on to produce for us another foal - now three years old. Ringfort Redwood by Iroko is being retained by our stud meantime.


AUGUST 2011

14th: Ringfort India, out of Renkum Hollanta by Indoctro C, is in the news - with her owner and rider Sharon Riddell, she won the 4 year old, the Novice, and the Championship at Laurel View Working Hunter Championships. A photograph, I hope, to follow.

13th: What a great combination! Emily Corbett (below) winning again on Ringfort Butterfly, at Ballyvannon. Two weeks, two events, two wins!

Ringfort Butterfly at Ballyvannon

6th August: RINGFORT HORSES SUCCESSFUL AT TULLYLISH EVENT

Tullylish

Ringfort Butterfly ridden by Emily Corbett - WINNER of the Pre-Novice class in the mare's first ever event.

Tullylish

Ringfort Tinkaturk ridden by Trevor Smith - WINNER in Horsehage CNC*

Tullylish

Ringfort Swan Song ridden by Trevor Smith - SECOND by .6 of a point behind Emily in the Pre-Novice

Tullylish

Ringfort Valentino ridden by Steven Smith in O/CNC*

Tullylish

Ringfort Tinkarula ridden by Katy McKenzie in Red Mills U25 CNC*



JUNE 2011

RINGFORT RUBICON QUALIFIES FOR RDS 3 YEAR OLD POTENTIAL EVENT HORSE CLASS

richardJust four weeks ago we decided that Ringfort Rubicon (or "Ruby" as staff at Richard Iggulden's yard called him) might make a nice horse for this class at Dublin -if we could get him qualified! As there were only to be three horses taken from each qualifier, and entries confined to two qualifiers, it wasn't going to be easy. But, if you are not in you can't win (and the first prize is to be €5000) so we thought we might as well give it a go. Sharon Riddell, our neighbour who does a lot of work with our very young horses, already had him driving nicely over a pole and a small tyre jump, so we sent him to Richard Iggulden, who passed the important litmus test by saying he really liked him - "but more of an athlete than a show horse" he added. He rang me two days later to say that actually he would like to enter him for a 3 year old in hand SHOW class as well, as he was a corker! Four weeks later, looking a picture, we went first to Mullingar,where we failed to qualify, but only 5.5 points off the mark. The following night, for our second and final try, we went to Kernan's very impressive Equestrian Centre at Crossmaglen. "Ruby" did all that we could have hoped for, and qualified. But not without a recount as the scores from one of the two judges had been added up wrongly! Some tense moments.
So, we have a horse for Dublin...there is already a serious bid on him but John is sayng it would be more fun to have him at Dublin then sell him there, and I'm pointing out that horses have been known to fall over a twig in the field and never make it to Dublin, so we should sell him now! Watch this space.....

Ringfort Rubicon

RDS qualifier

NEW FOAL ON THE FARM -Ringfort Pebble Shore by Ringfort Cruise out of Stone Beck

I always like to read Margie McLoone's column in The Irish Field - lots of detail about breeding and racing in the North. See Below!

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Solitude back at the Stud

The very best of news - following a long period away from the stud with Gina Johnson, who has bred some exceptional young stock out of her, Sheepcote Solitude (dam of Ringfort Tinkatoo by Tinka's Boy) has returned to the stud here.

Interestingly Gina was with us when we went to Hereford 17 years ago and purchased Sheepcote Solitude, and Sheepcote Cordula, (subsequently dam of the legendary Ringfort Rara Ruby) from Olympian David Pincus. Both were 4 month old foals and when weaned at 6 months were shippped to Ringfort Stud to be the basis of a separate competition and breeding line from our main Nimmerdor line of foundation mare Renkum Woudina. Subsequently Solitude was sold to Gina but returned home this week, and is already with vet Hugh Suffern being prepared for insemination with semen from our stallion currrently leased to Drumhowan Stud, Ringfort Cruise. Everyone here is very excited about this mating and we look forward to the offspring next year.


Racing News!

Not often do we carry racing results on our website but one of Stone Beck's progeny - Stone - had a good win, in a point to point at Necarne on May 13th, his second time out.

The two day Fermanagh Harriers fixture managed to start the meeting with a blue sky but as the evening progressed a black cloud shadowed the track although it was not until after racing that the rain came. The ground on the first day was good to yielding.

Both Jamie Codd and Mark O’Hare recorded doubles on the first evening. Codd began the day with a comfortable win on the newcomer, Charlie’s Vic in the four-year-old mares maiden. Codd then quickly doubled up when he steered the Liam Kenny trained joint favourite, Court In Session to an easy eight length success. It was the Mark O’Hare’s turn to take over the winner's spot when he steered the Mayne Kidd owned and trained Stone to a very easy four length success in the five-year-old gelding’s maiden. The son of Lahib had caught the eye on his debut in Loughbrickland when just weakening before the last but he galloped all the way to the line here in what was an exceptional front running performance. Bought privately by Kidd as a foal - from breeder Diane Harron Eakin at Ringfort Stud near Crossgar - the good looking gelding is ridden out at home by Denise Kelly to whom Kidd credits this win as she has spent a long time getting him to relax in his work. He may now head to the Ronnie Bartlett bumper at Down Royal if not sold first.

foalWe have subsequently heard that, while Stone was supplemented for the Doncaster Sales, he was sold privately to England before the Sales. Let's hope we hear more about him and that he goes on to make his name on the track.


THE LADY BAGANAL Ringfort Tinkatoo filly in the ribbons in USA

filly by Ringfort Tinkatoo winning blue riband

SOME INTERESTING FACTS AND FIGURES BELOW FROM JOE CARR OF KENTUCKY WHO HAS BRED A PRIZE-WINNING FILLY BY RINGFORT TINKATOO IN THE USA

BRED BY – The Carr Family
OWNED BY – The Carr Family

DESCRIPTION:
Age - 2 years old
15.2 Hands
Color - Chestnut
Breed - Irish Sport Horse
Sex - Filly

PEDIGREE: The Lady Baganal’s sire is Ringfort Tinkatoo (ISH), on her sire line her grandsire is Tinka’s Boy and her Granddam is Sheepcote Solitude (ISH), whose sire is Son of Charm. (I am adding this bit - Son of Charm is out of Oodles of Charm who was by one of the great Irish Thoroughbreds, Rulagheela!). The Lady Baganal’s dam is Saratoga Baby (TB) - her grandsire is Saratoga Six (TB), whose sire is Alydar, and her granddam is Betty’s Baby (TB), whose sire is Northern Baby (TB).

SIRE/DAM/GRANDSIRE/GRANDDAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
• Ringfort Tinkatoo - won the Irish Preliminary Championship as a 6 year old, placed 6th out of 70 at Dartfield (IRE) CCI*, Grade 1 event horse at age 7, was the CCI* USET/USEF National Champion, and competed through the CCI * level.
• Ringfort Tinkatoo’s Grandsire – Tinka’s Boy – was a World champion and Olympic show jumper.
• Ringfort Tinkatoo’s Dam – Sheepcote Solitude - Evented through the Intermediate level.
• Sheepcote Solitude’s Grandsire – Son of Charm - was an Olympic dressage horse
• Saratoga Baby’s Sire Saratoga Six – Stakes winner of 14 races, and he produced 39 stakes winners with an average earnings of $48,794 per run.
• Saratoga Baby’s Great Grand Sire – Northern Baby is one of the leading Jumper sires in the USA.

SIBLINGS' ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
• Ringfort Tinkabella – the oldest daughter of Ringfort Tinkatoo, in her first year of eventing completed three CCI*’s and 1 CIC* with zero cross-country jump penalties and top placing at all 4 events. She went on to place 6th at her first Intermediate Horse Trials, Tinkabella was the top placed Irish Horse in the Young Horse Championship at the CCI* in Le Lion D’Angers finishing 15th out of 80 horses. She was one of only six starters that finished on their dressage score. Also Awarded “Best Mare of 2006” by the Irish Eventing Board.
• Ringfort Tinkarula – just started her eventing career in Ireland in 2010, placing 6th or higher in two of three starts.
• Ringfort Tinkaturk – just started his eventing career in Ireland in 2010, placed 4th in the HORSEWARE League 5 & 6 y/o CNC*, on 2 April 2011.

THE LADY BAGANAL'S ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND/OR FARM BREEDING PROGRAM:
• Participated in the FEH Demonstration at Rolex in 2010
• Currently in training at The Lord Baganal Farm
• Planned to compete in the Future Event Horse Program in 2011
• The Lord Baganal Farm is dedicated to producing fine Irish Sport Horse.



MAY 2011

1. Breeding News

THE BAD NEWS. Ringfort Rara Ruby has disappointed us all by proving to be be NOT in foal. Just fat. Her due date was next week but we were suspicious when her body shape didn't seem to drop, so we had her scanned. Empty. But with a large follicle. THE GOOD NEWS is that she was inseminated with Ringfort Cruise a day later, scanned 15 days later and she has been confirmed in foal for 2012. We will keep an even better eye on her for the next 11 months. THE VERY GOOD NEWS IS THAT OUR TB MARE STONEBECK IS STILL IN FOAL TO RINGFORT CRUISE AND DUE TO FOAL IN A MONTH'S TIME.

2. Neil Mathieson Award

We were honoured with the Neil Mathieson Award at the Annual General Meeting of the Northern Ireland Horse Board. According to Chairman of the Board, Patricia Conlon, the Award was in recognition of the Stud's breeding strategy which had consistently produced top performance horses, such as Ringfort Cruise and Warrenstown U2, both Grands Prix and Nations Cup horses ridden for Ireland.

3. Success for Ringfort Horses

Down in the ranks of the young horses, Ringfort horses continue to make their mark.

The Stud picked up a very welcome monetary award at the Northern Ireland Horse Board AGM for breeding the horse with the highest points at pre-Novice level in Eventing Ireland last year - Ringfort Valentino by Valentino out of Renkum Inglewood. Competing at One Star this year, he was third at Ballendenisk at the beginning of May which is a good start. Most breeders would acknowledge that monetary prizes, as well as recognition, are a powerful motivating factor in the Breeding Industry.

RINGFORT INDIA

winning Working Hunter League 2011 at Lusk'sRingfort India (by Indoctro IIC out of Renkum Hollanta) won the 4 year old Working Hunter League Championship at Lusk's Equestrian. Bought from the Stud as a foal by our neighbour Sharon Riddell and broken, produced and ridden by her, India, a big scopey athletic 17 hands, will probably do more Working Hunter and Showjumping before starting her eventing career.

Ringfort Fighting Chance and Ringfort Tinkaturk, both by Ringfort Tinkatoo, the eventing stallion we bred and exported to the United States, are also making their mark in the Eventing Ireland lower classes. Steven Smith campaigned the stallion to high level and bought both of these young ones. We notice that his brother Trevor is riding them both.

4. The Square Rigmarole

Winning at Cavan

The stud's resident and much revered Connemara broodmare, Garryhinch Cinderella, had an interesting covering last year. She is old, and having been inseminated in two cycles without success, we decided to try natural covering. Doug Stevenson, the owner of The Square Rigmarole, a four year old colt standing at Millhouse Equestrian in Saintfield, Co. Down, very generously let me use his colt. Pregnant first time. Subsequently, the Square Rigmarole has been inspected and passed, he has been out four times at show and working hunter classes, and has won a Reserve Championship, and several firsts and top three places. Serendipitous indeed in our choice of stallion and we look forwrd to the foal. This will be his only foal this year, but I am sure he will have many more next year. Doug can be contacted on 07716475289 if you are interested in buying any Connemara stock or using The Square Rigmarole on your mare.



JANUARY 2011 - NEW YEAR UPDATE

WINTERING

THINKING BACK TOTHE "GOOD OLD DAYS" ALL WE HAD FOR WINTERING OUR HORSES OUTSIDE WERE NEW ZEALAND RUGS - VERY, VERY HEAVY CANVAS WHEN WET, AND LEAVING THE HORSE FREEZING FROM THE WITHERS UP.
So, it really is a pleasure to have the modern light but very warm weatherproof rugs with tail, leg and belly straps so not a whisper of a draught gets up into the body, and with those fabulous full necks right up to their ears. Every day, I slip my hand under the rug as young horses and old mares alike munch away on their haylage from the ring feeder, and every day I am thrilled to feel how warm they are. Through hail, rain and snow they have stayed out and thrived. All are wintering well, with only the foals (who are not rugged) and the very ancient mares brought inside for extra feeding at night.

L-Way First's colt foal sold well at Newmarket in December, so despite promising her she could retire this year, I've brought her in and she is under lights from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. trying to trick her into believing it is Spring and she should come into season. If she does, and all seems well I will probably cover her again. She is such a good mare, having produced black type progeny, and as I didn't keep any of her daughters, I will hope for a filly this year.

Renkum Hollanta hasn't had a foal for a couple of years now - she has a lot of cysts internally which makes it very hard to detect a pregnancy when she is scanned. However, having seen what a superb eventer Ringfort Valentino (Out of Renkum Hollanta by Renkum Valentino) has proved - five competitions last year and five first places - I think I might use up some Renkum Valentino frozen semen I have been saving and try and breed another one. If she goes in foal this will probably be her last one too. The mares, like me, are getting on - Hollanta was born in 1989, and any foal she has now will be born when she is 23. However, her mother, Renkum Woudina, the foundation mare of this stud, had her last foal at 23 and he grew to be a big boy of 17hh!

Foals - which I suppose are really yearlings now - are thriving too. The Larino filly, Ringfort String of Pearls, out of Renkum Hollanta, is going greyer by the minute and looks to finish a lovely steel grey. The Connemara Westside Mirah filly, Ringfort Glass Slipper, out of Garryhinch Cinderella is a bundle of fur and will probably be grey too. And the third foal, a colt out of our National Hunt TB mare, Stonebeck, by Ringfort Cruise is very elegant and dark brown. I've been told in the past to "look at your foal the day it is born and then don't look at it again until it is three years old" is definitely one for him. He's very gangly like an awkward teenager. I'm not looking!

FOALS 2011

However, I am really looking forward to this year's foals - both Stonebeck and Ringfort Rara Ruby are in foal to Ringfort Cruise, and Garryhinch Cinderella at the age of 22 is in foal again - not by AI, but by the kind graces of Doug Stevenson from Saintfield who covered her in hand very professionally and she went in foal first time, having missed twice with AI. The sire is The Square Rigmarole (by Dunlewey Rigmarole by Stradbally Bill and his dam was Tullybeg Square Fuchsia by Coosheen Thyme.) Watch this space - The Square Rigmarole is a young stallion who has just started his show-jumping career and is showing amazing talent.


September 2010

Ringfort Carragheen keeping her sire Ringfort Cruise in the news.

Carragheen jumping well
Carragheen looking good

While Ringfort Cruise was jumping with the Irish Army to Grand Prix level and representing Ireland on Nations Cup teams, he didn't cover any mares. So when you only have two performing offspring from a stallion to show what he can produce, it's great that the owner of one of them keeps us up to date with all her successes. We bred Ringfort Carragheen when the stallion Ringfort Cruise was only three year old and was running in the field with a very good performance mare, Danish Dynamite. (A planned pregnancy!) Carragheen was ridden to two star level for us very quickly with Steven Smith of Gilford, and then sold to DeeAnne Howe in California for her 16 year old Young Rider daughter Tori. And what a success they have become together - a point which DeeAnne makes every time she sends us a few pictures of the combination. Of course we love our horses to be successful - but even more we want them to be loved and appreciated by the riders and owners who buy them - and this the Howes certainly do. So, well done Carragheen and Tori - and congratulations to that very good sire Ringfort Cruise. He has covered some very good mares in the last two years since he retired, so there should be more good ones like Carragheen coming through in the next couple of years.

...and here is the picture of "the duck" again....

Carragheen not getting the ducking
Winning international

Ringfort Cruise was bred at Ringfort Stud, and leased by the Irish Army for his competition career which saw him jump for Ireland at Grand Prix level and in Nations’ Cups.

Owner and breeder, Diane Harron Eakin says of the stallion: “He has the greatest pedigree – by Cruising out of the magnificent Nimmerdor mare, Renkum Woudina. Before his competition career he covered only two mares – and of those two foals, one, Tyrella Cruise, is show-jumping successfully, and the other, Ringfort Carragheen, has made a considerable name for herself with Eventing Young Rider Tori Howe in California.”

June 19th 2010

Filly foal out of our Connemara mare, Garryhinch Cinderella. She will be called Ringfort Glass Slipper

June 15th 2010

First foal by Ringfort Cruise to be born at the stud since Ringfort Carragheen 10 years ago- photo to follow. Big bay colt!

May 19th 2010

Ringfort Respect, out of Renkum Inglewood by Ohio (by Iroko) with his English owner and rider, Lisa Smith, clearing a fence in a faultless cross country performance in the Grass Roots Championship at Badminton.

at Badminton

How did he become called Ringfort Respect? We had just returned from a holiday in Jamaica and I loved all the men on the beach who would sidle up to John and mutter "Ganja, mon?" When he said no, they would give a big smile, press fist to his fist and say "Respect, mon!" So, when this gorgeous foal arrived a few days after our return, Respect he became. Incidentally, we always wondered about his beautiful flaxen mane and tail - most unusual and we had never experienced it before, either out of his dam, Renkum Inglewood or any of her foals. But, it all became clear when we used Ohio's sire, the wonderful Iroko on Inglewood three years ago - we have "Blondie" or Ringfort Redwood as he is officially called. Now, to explain - he is chesnut (red) and his mother Renkum IngleWood is out of WOOD Be Good by Athen's WOOD (are you getting it?) and his sire is Iroko which is another type of wood - so REDWOOD. Sometimes it is so obscure I forget why I named them thus.

May 19th 2010

Ringfort String of Pearls at 9 days old enjoying the sunshine in the field.

RSOP out in the field
grey legs

Her sire Larino is grey - we think, looking at those hind feet, that Ringfort String of Pearls will be grey too.

May 10th 2010

Ringfort String of Pearls

Another Ringfort horse born this afternoon. Out of Renkum Hollanta, (full sister to IHR Approved stallion, Renkum Englishman, and half-sister to Approved stallion Ringfort Cruise), and by the Concorde stallion Larino who stands at the Nijhof Stud in Holland, Ringfort String of Pearls looks brown but I think will be grey like her sire. Apologies as usual for poor photographs!

21 and looking good

This is Renkum Hollanta, (above) aged 21, looking bonny on Monday morning about two hours before she foaled.

doing well

And this is mother and baby on Wednesday morning! Of course fillies are always up and drinking quicker, and are much brighter than colts! Ahem.

String of Pearls

Come on Mother! Try to keep up.

MAY 2010

Ringfort Valentino - Four competitions - four wins!

winning ways
winning again
very poor photograph of Valentino

Renkum Inglewood does it again - what a great little brood mare she is. By Renkum Englishman (who was out of the stud's foundation Nimmerdor mare and a half brother to Ringfort Cruise), out of a mare called Wood be Good by the St. Leger winner Athen's Wood. She has a great pedigree and she is passsing on those winning genes to her offspring. The latest progeny of hers to shine is Ringfort Valentino by Renkum Valentino. Owned by mother and daughter duo, Claire and Rebecca from Dundonald, and campaigned for them by Steven Smith of Gilford, this young horse has now been competed four times - and won four times! Sorry about the awful home-done photographs - where is Prime Photography when you need it?

MAY 9th 2010

Horse welfare - an issue for all of us in the industry. This young horse is grazing in a field near some of my young ones. It is covered with rain scald, very lame from broken feet, pitifully thin, and scouring.

I understand that a two year old in the same field was found dead last week and an autopsy proved it had died from a massively high worm infestation. I have reported the state of this young horse to the land-owner who is renting the land to the owner of the horses. He has agreed to speak to the owner. But is that enough? Should those of us who keep and breed horses and care for them, including worming and farriery work, leave it at that or should we report it to the authorities? I would consider the state of this young horse to be the result of criminal negligence - but do I risk the "omerta" of the local horse industry who would prefer to keep such incidences quiet so as not to offend owners they know socially? I would be interested in others' thoughts on this.

very thin
broken feet
neglected

APRIL 2010

Ribbons all the way.

News of more success from California - with Tori Howe and Ringfort Carragheen winning their Division at the Twin Rivers Spring Horse Trials in California last weekend.

Tori Howe and Ringfort Carragheen winning their class at Twin Hills

Tori and Ringfort Carragheen enjoying their well-deserved victory gallop after finishing first, and on their dressage score, at Twin Rivers Horse Trials

tori and carr

MARCH 2010

First foal of the season

Ferris at 6 days old

It is turning into a busy month. Very good news from Hugh Suffern's Tullyraine Stud where our last remaining - and best - flat mare, L-Way First, was holidaying while she waited to have her foal. Exactly one year and two days after covering, she finally deigned to foal on the 11th March. And just to prove that prayers are answered - it was a big bay colt. The foal is by Elusive City who is top stallion in France currently. L-Way is no slouch herself, having had many winners including black type Embossed by Mark of Esteem. As a foal on the farm, Embossed's name was Stringer, named for Ireland's then rugby international scrum-half. This new boy - photographed on the ringfort at 6 days old - will be called Ferris!

Award for breeding Warrenstown U2

Warrenstown U2 bred at Ringfort Stud

Well, his Ringfort name did get away, but luckily we will always be known as his breeders. I'm talking, of course, about Warrenstown U2, the superb showjumping stallion owned by Ronan Tynan and ridden by Tholm Keane. And in recognition of that, the International Award will be presented to us at the Northern Ireland Horse Board AGM, Breeders' Showcase, and International Awards Night on Monday 29th March. We look forward to that. We have already received awards from the Irish Horse Board and the Half Bred Horse Breeders' Society for breeding him, so it is an honour and a privilege to get the Grand Slam.

Success for Ringfort Carragheen in U.S.

Daughter of Ringfort Cruise excels in Twin Rivers

I see from my Irish Field "Irish Bred Event Horses" on Saturday that Ringfort Carragheen (by Ringfort Cruise) and her talented young rider/owner Tori Howe were second in the Twin Rivers Winter Horse Trials in California this month, finishing on her very good dressage score of 34.6. Her mother DeeAnne tells me that it was performed in monsoon conditions. Rain? In California? This photograph was taken last week. More good news for Tori is that she has been selected to train, with Carragheen, with U.S. dressage Olympian Debbie McDonald.

Meantime, here is some news about other Ringfort horses still out there competing. First of all, some news from DeeAnne Howe in California who bought Ringfort Carragheen, by Ringfort Cruise, for her 16 year old Young Rider daughter Victoria to event.

Sun coming up in California

She writes: "Here's a picture from this weekend. Victoria rode a lovely dressage test for a 30.6. Warm up for a 8:30 a.m. test was very early and you can see the sun is still coming up. Carragheen is getting very strong behind and fit. She has also lightened in color over the past 9 months (much to my dismay!-I love the deep dark dapple gray)."

Down the centre line

"Thank you for the sale flyer for your young horses. Can you supply any pictures of the babies themselves and prices? I have shown that to several people and that is the logical next question!"

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NEWS AT RINGFORT 2009

Ringfort Cruise is home in Ireland and standing at stud! It has been lovely travelling all over Europe during the last six or seven years to watch him compete with Captain David O'Brien of the Irish Army Equitation School, and then throughout Spain with International Young Rider Eduardo Alvarez Aznar, but he deserves his retirement. As well as having such an illustrious show-jumping career, he has won for us many Breeders' prizes.

With Eduardo Alvarez Aznar
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With Capt. David O'Brien

The only Irish Horse Board Fully Approved Nations' Cup son of Cruising standing at stud in Ireland.

RINGFORT RAIDER

He was bought by Trevor Smith and Steven Smith competes him under Eventing Ireland rules – what a partnership! This big handsome horse by Porsch out of Danish Dynamite has grown into himself well and has won his last two events finishing on his dressage score.

RINGFORT DOWNPATRICK

This was the first foal out of Ringfort Rara Ruby before she went off to become a fancy three star eventer. He went to Sue Carson in England who had great success on him, then returned to Ireland to Virginia McGrath. Then he nipped North to Saintfield Show to take the Supreme Champion trophy.

RINGFORT BUTTERFLY

This great granddaughter of Renkum Woudina is four years old this year. Out of Ringfort Opera by Irish Army Grand Prix horse Boherdeal Clover, she was broken by Paul Dillon, then put out in the field. She went to Angela Percy from Seapatrick for five weeks and they did the Ballygraffan FEHL Qualifier with a good dressage score of 88 and clear cross country and show jumping. She is only 16 h.h. and I think the style and appearance judges probably considered her a little small. I reckon she will probably make another inch. She has a fantastic jump so we have the dilemma of deciding whether she goes show jumping or eventing. Anyway she has been out in the field at home again for a few weeks and has just gone back to Angela to do some indoor jumping. Time will tell.

RINGFORT CARRRAGHEEN

What an exciting life she is leading. She was sold in the Spring of this year to Tori Howe a very good Young Rider in California. Her mother, DeeAnne, keeps me up to date with how they are going with emails and pictures.

In many ways we were reluctant to let Carragheen go to the US. She is one of only two (now performing) young stock of Ringfort Cruise, born when he was allowed to run with one of my, and one of the late Sally Corbett’s, mares when he was a two year old and a three year old. Sally’s Tyrella Cruise went on to show jump while we went the eventing route with Carragheen. It would have been nice to have something here for potential breeders to look at. Still, as Heather Coyle says: “Be sorry you sold not sorry you didn’t”!

water jump

The good news is that Trevor Wallace had a quick “natural” covering for his mare last year when “Tom” was home before he went off to Madrid and he has a very nice colt foal. Unfortunately “Tom” was back too late this year to allow Trevor to use him again, but he is booked in for 2010.

And the biggest news of all of 2009? Deep into my dotage I am riding again. Well, after a fashion. Pressure from number two granddaughter Emily to accompany her out hacking on her pony Quaker (who used to be owned and ridden by Lions, Ireland and Ospreys rugby player Tommy Bowe), and getting very tired of walking alongside her on my feet, I – wait for it…yes, bought a horse. Truth be told, the horses I breed are just too good for me. So, I bought a 14.2 piebald, 15 year old sturdy mare with massive feet and a hogged mane. She is perfection.