Jumper gives birth to foal

Ray Ryan, Agribusiness Correspondent

The news was confirmed yesterday as plans went ahead at the 50 acres Green Glens complex for the five day national show, which has 4,000 individual entries for 72 horse and pony entries.

Millstreet Ruby, sired by the registered Irish Draught stallion, King of Diamond, was leased to the Army Equitation School for some eight years by Mr Duggan.

The horse had major successes at home and abroad for Irish teams with officer riders John Ledingham and Gerry Mullins on board, and, afterwards for the late Hazel O’Callaghan.

A full sister to Mill Pearl, who had huge success for the United States, helping the country to win team silver at the Seoul Olympics with Joe Fargis as rider, the mare has now produced a colt foal by the stallion Luxz, standing at Kedrah House Stud, Cashel, Co Tipperary.

The news is a further boost for Millstreet Show, which has a big reputation as a shop window for quality stock, a fact that will be again recognised at this year’s event, which starts tomorrow and continues until Sunday.

Show Director Thomas Duggan said everything was ready for the show, which will have two new competition arenas with all weather surfaces, complete with a new sprinkling system.

There will be a big focus on the performance test classes for young horses.

Highlight of the jumping competitions will be the 9.000 Global Gathering Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon.

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