Ballineen Blue Mountain's family
Ballineen Blue Mountain is by Bealagh Blue (RID). Blue was himself Supreme Champion In-hand and Ridden at the Great Britain Irish Horse Society Show. Blue has sired Horse of The Year qualifiers in both Hunters and Cobs, three Snowford Breeding Champions and two RID stallions.
Ballineen Blue Mountain is out of Ballineen Glen Abbess (RID). Abbi is the most decorated Irish Draught horse in history. In 2008 she received a merit award from the Irish Draught Horse Society of Great Britain and they described her as "The finest Irish Draught ambassador the Society has ever had".
Abbi has won a Cuddy Championship (which she received in front of the Queen) and this qualified her to compete for the Cuddy In-Hand All Breeds Supreme at the Horse of The Year Show. This was the first time that an Irish Draught had ever qualified for the final and she ended up coming a very respectable 4th against a line-up of the best In-hand horses and ponies of all breeds throughout the country.
Abbi has also won the Blue Chip Supreme Ridden Championship along with its 1000 pound prize money. The judges of the Blue Chip were unanimous in their decision and described her as "an impeccable mare who really performed".
Abbi also had a life outside the showring and was a regular on the hunt field. She jumps anything and everything and does so with style, and has a great gallop.
At the start of 2019, Brian's breeder Enid Lord made the trip all the way over from Lancashire in England to see the beautiful boy she bred and to see how he had matured and to make sure I was looking after him! It was the middle of Summer here and the middle of the breeding season for Brian. Enid made it very clear, that she was not coming half way across the world and not having a ride on her boy. Brian had been out of work for 8 months, but as always, he was very obliging and he gave Enid the ride of her life. He was perfectly mannered, even though the mares and foals and Doris the dummy were all watching him from the paddock around the arena. He walked, trotted, cantered and did everything he was asked like he had never had a day off. I have never felt so proud of him. Pictured below are the pics of Enid (in her late 60's) riding the boy she bred so many years before.