“Ireland is the land of the horse”
Irish people are known all over the world for their unique understanding and bond with horses. It’s in their genes, culture and their ancient history. Ardeo Sport Horses offers exposure to these great Irish stories and personal experiences and underlines the connection that Irish people have with horses.
The horse has been a staple part of Irish life and mythology since earliest times – the mystical white mare emerging from the mists of Tír na nÓg, the mounted warriors of Fionn mac Cumhaill thundering over the land.
Ardeo Sport Horses is based in the heart of County Wicklow, which is affectionately known as ‘The garden of Ireland’, the Mount John is just 30 minutes from the centre of Dublin. Wicklow is a truly picturesque from dominating mountains and stunning coastline to quaint villages and wonderful pubs, there is so much to see and do in Wicklow that you’ll probably want to consider spending a few days in the ‘Garden County’.
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In Ireland’s Ancient East, customers will get the opportunity to feel their horses springing into life at Ardeo’s new purpose built equestrian facility, inspiring people to ride better and return to their overseas homes with passion for riding the Irish horse.
World-beating horses are bred in the Wicklow Pastures, including the Badminton 5* winner in 2014, Paulank Brockagh, who was bred in Newtown Mount Kennedy by Paula Cullen. Managing Director of Powerscourt Estate Sarah Slazenger and her husband William Micklem bred two top class international horses including High Kingdom ridden by the Zara Tindall at Rio Olympics 2016 and Mandiba ridden by the American event rider Karen O’Connor.
Our young horses display all the attributes required of top athletes- talent, bravery, confidence and trainability.
Schoolmaster Horses for sale
Schoolmaster horses are well trained and have a large amount of competition experience. They are generally older horses with mileage.
Show jump and Event Ponies for sale
Ponies are measured as 14.2 hands or 148cms and under. They take part in specialised eventing and show jumping competitions.
Hunters, jumpers and equitation
If you are not familiar with horse competitions you might be puzzled by the distinction between working hunter classes and jumper classes. Hunters are evaluated subjectively on the degree to which they fulfil a perfect requirement of style, manners and way of going however jumpers are scored with a penalty-based system. Whereas in equitation classes, or hunt seat equitation, the capability of the rider is evaluated.
What breed for Event vs. SJ horse?
Many successful horses have various lines of Warmblood or Thoroughbred breeding. However, there is no specific breed for Irish Sport Horses as many different breeds have been very successful. Breeding is influential however suitability, temperament and trainability are also important factors to consider whilst buying a new horse.
Horse Sport Ireland / Sport Horse Ireland
Horse Sport Ireland is the main umbrella body that looks after sport horses in Ireland
Sourcing, Producing and Selling Horses and Ponies to the International Market:
Ardeo Sport Horses can help source the ideal show jumping horse, event horse and pony for you both nationally and internationally, using our years of experience, through our matchmaking service. Ardeo Sport Horses also sells horses internationally through video sales.