Sunday, March 11, 2012

For the Love of Irish Horses

By Kitson

Silver Galtee, an imported 1996 Irish Draught Sport Horse who competes in dressage, eventing, and hunter/jumpers. 

With Saint Patrick’s Day just a week, away, I thought it was time to share a little Irish green on So in honor of the Emerald Isle, leprechauns, four-leaf clover and a country that gives horses the right of way on the road, we’ll feature a beautiful Irish horse or two or three this week.

First up, the glorious and multi-talented 16.3 hh stallion Silver Galtee. Owner Jennifer Sears-Vanderwerken of Greyhaven Sport Horses in Vernon Center, New York bought him as a foal in Ireland. She didn’t plan to buy a foal on that trip, but she could not resist the youngster’s magic after they met. Jennifer, a third-generation horse trainer, told me that his personality is jovial and affectionate, much like a Labrador retriever.

Photos of Silver Galtee, courtesy of Greyhaven Sport Horses

“I have ridden and trained nearly all breeds and disciplines,” says Jennifer. “I find the Irish horses to be very happy expressive animals that possess a very competitive nature. No matter the job given they will get it done with a smile." Click here to watch Silver Galtee in action, it is sure to make you smile.

Who's your favorite Irish horse or pony? Please share!

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