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NEWS: Ringfort Rara Ruby who retired to Co Cork, has been confirmed in foal to Drumhowan Stud's Vittorio!

RETIRED!

RINGFORT RARA RUBY - By Porsch out of Sheepcote Cordula

As Ruby only has a foal every other year- if it suits her - there is no foal expected for 2015! However,the excellent news is that she has been confirmed in foal for 2016 at her retirement paddock in Co. Cork.

Ruby

This mare was bred at the stud, as was the sire of her 2012 and 2014 foals, Ringfort Cruise. She had an illustrious career under the tutelage of Gilford event rider Steven Smith.

She competed to International 3* eventing level before retiring to the breeding paddocks.

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Ringfort Rara Ruby, the story of her life so far...

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!


Ruby's first foal, a colt, Ringfort Downpatrick

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Ruby's second foal - another colt, now 6 years old (below), Ringfort Rua, carried by a surrogate mare the embryo having been transferred at 7 days. Already making his mark with his 15 year old owner /rider Toni Quail.

Thisyear (2014) in the Pony Club Championships at Cheshire, 15 year old Toni 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.

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And Ruby's second six year old, Ringfort Rubicon, carried by herself.

Rubicon

Ringfort Rubicon has had a very good year - starting at pre-Novice level and finishing at Advanced 2*, winning many events, and winning for his owner and breeder, Diane Harron Eakin, the Eventing Ireland (NR) Owner Breeder Award.

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This included winning the Two Day CNC1* (6 year old) at Tattersalls

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

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Ruby's 4th colt - her 2012 foal by Ringfort Cruise (Ringfort Patron Saint) - won the Two Year Old Performance Futurity at Millstreet International 2014.

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Ringfort Patron Saint as a foal...



And her fifth and final colt - 2014 foal, Ringfort Ruby's Cruise, won the Performance Foal Championship at the HBHBS event at Mossvale, 2014.

KWPN judge Ben Wentinck gave him nines for Conformation, Limbs, Star Quality and 9.5 for Athleticism!

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