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The first Registered Irish Draught horse, O'Leary's Irish Diamond above and below, was constantly in the Ribbons at the preliminary level with rider Rob Gage.
Irish Horses Do Well In Colorado

The Irish Sport Horse Castaway Lad impresses at High Prairie's $75,000 Grand Prix.
7/20/02 Parker CO. Cara Anthony was in Colorado only one day and earned the respect of the Grand prix jumping world when she placed fifth at the High Prairie Grand Prix. Anthony drove in from Spruce Meadow to compete in the event before heading off for a Grand Prix in Cincinnati. Castaway Lad was one of only five horses to not knock down a rail in the difficult event. Unfortunately a quarter time fault kept her out of the jump off.
Anthony's Castaway Lad is a son of Clover Hill out of a mare named Cloe Two. Anthony imported Castaway Lad with the help of Dermot Forde of Ireland. Unfortunately for the Irish Horse World once again there was no recognition for Castaway Lad as an Irish Horse. Anthony said she gave the announcers a bio of the horse, but the announcers didn't read it. Nearly all of the other 30 horses in the Grand Prix received recognition of their breed.
Castaway Lad has been very successful in recent Grand Prix competitions. Earlier this year he finished 7th at the $40,000 Wilsonvile Grand Prix. He was 3rd at the $50,000 Show Park Grand Prix and 5th in a $25,000 Grand Prix.
Anthony says she is now committed to the Irish Horse. Earlier in her riding career she was very successful with a gelding by Diamond Lad. Anthony of Redmond Washington is now on her way to Cincinnati Ohio.
Fans of show jumping also for the first time saw a Purebred Irish Draught Horse jump. O'Leary's Irish Diamond, jumping at the 4'6"preliminary level, held his own against some of the best horse/rider combinations in North America. The King of Diamond's Grandson, has been jumping less than six months. This summer the stallion fulfilled a busy breeding schedule before travelling to High Prairie. The event was highly attended by Mexican riders hoping to be on Mexico's team at the South American Games.


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