Trevalda mares - purebred Irish Draught
Pictured below are our three purebred Irish Draught mares, all of which have been imported from Australia and have the best of bloodlines and are outcrosses to our resident stallions in New Zealand.
Richmondlea Delia (pictured top) is our newest acquisition and is due to arrive in New Zealand at the end of September 2015 in time for the breeding season. Delia is a superbly bred mare and has been the foundation mare for Tullow Stud (Chris and Sue Tufnell) in Australia since they imported her from Ireland. Born in 2002, Delia is by Crosstown Dancer (Grade A Showjumping Gold Merit stallion) and is out of Richmondlea Dara (A Premium status mare by Mountain Pearl). Delia was placed as a foal at the Royal Dublin Show and since arriving in Australia has won Supreme Champion Irish Exhibit at the Royal Melbourne Show. Delia is registered with both the Irish Draught Horse Society of New Zealand and Australia. Delia arrived at Trevalda in 2014. Delia and Ballineen Blue Mountain produce the best babies! I have retained her first colt (now gelding) Trevalda Mountain Dancer and she is also Mum to Trevalda Mountain Delight and a 2019 colt, Trevalda Mountain Darragh.
Tullows Trevalda Dream (Tommi) pictured above as a two year old filly by Australia's leading sire of eventers, Conqueror King (RID). Tommi's dam is Richmondlea Delia. We purchased Tommi from Chris & Sue Tuffnell from The Tullows Stud in Australia and imported her in 2014. Tommi has had four lovely foals already to Ballineen Blue Mountain, Trevalda Mountain King, Trevalda Mountain Mist, Trevalda Mountain Shadow and her 2019 colt, Trevalda Mountain Striker.
Kilharken Heather (Keeley) pictured above top is now a 19yr old mare. She is by Kiltoghert Casey and out of Suma's Harkaway. Keeley has a full brother standing at Stud in Australia (Kilharken). Keeley is everybodies favourite who visits the Stud and after two seasons of failed attempts to breed her, we are so excited to announce that she is due to foal to Ballineen Blue Mountain at Xmas 2015. Keeley is registered with both the Irish Draught Horse Society of New Zealand and Australia. Keeley has produced 3 colts by Ballineen Blue Mountain. The first one was bred by Karen Evans who is sadly deceased after being struck by lightning, and she has two surviving sons (both entire), Trevalda Mountain Eire and Trevalda Mountain Rebel. Keeley sadly passed away in 2019 aged 22yrs.
Pictured above and below Keeley is Tarahill Kulzari. Zari is an Irish Sport Horse by Branigan's Pride (RID) and out of a TB mare, High Society. Zari was bred by The South Australian Police Force. Both Keeley and Zari were imported into New Zealand by Karen Evans and when Karen returned to Australia I was very fortunate to be able to purchase them both. Tarahill Kulzari is the mother to our own Trevalda Mountain Storm and the lovely filly, Trevalda Mountain Breeze and a 2019 colt, Trevalda Mountain Frost. Zari is back in foal for 2020.
In 2019, Trevalda purchased a new mare to join the ranks. We welcomed Regann's Amber Rose (Rosie). Rosie is by Coalmans Touch (Touch of The Blues) and is out of Eireann Regann, a mare bred by Thady & Anne Ryan out of the mare Thady bought over from Ireland with him named Kilmanagh Banrion. Eireann Regann caries the famous lines of Kings County, Holy Cross and King of Diamonds.
Rosie was bred in 2005 and has been a Pony Club mount up until we purchased her. Being a maiden mare, we sent her to Wai-Eyre Stud in Canterbury to get in foal and we are very pleased that she will be having a foal to Ballineen Blue Mountain late in 2020.
Rosie is pictured below.
In 2020 we made the huge decision to import a new filly from Ireland. I felt that we really needed to expand the bloodlines here in New Zealand to secure the future of the breed. I searched high and low as to what was available in the UK and manged to find the perfect filly who couldn't have been more further away if she tried! Kilconnell Go Free was at the Penann's Stud in Northern Ireland and although not originally for sale, her lovely owner Penny Campbell could see the worth of what I was trying to do here and totally understood that I needed to import the very best that I possibly could to make it all worthwhile.
Kilconnell Go Free (Elsa) is by the tremendous stallion, Gortfree Hero who has won the stallion class at Dublin Royal Show three times and whom is also a Grade A showjumper and whom I have long admired. She is out of the well bred mare, Kilconnell Star who is by Donovan. Elsa is 3yrs old and just before she left for NZ she went through the Horse Sports Ireland classification process and gained her Class 1 status (not easily attained by a 3yr old). This just confirmed that she was the quality I was looking for. Elsa is a huge girl, already over 17hh and I couldn't have been more happy with her upon arrival. She has amazing presence and her temperament is to die for. She is just the sweetest big girl. We look forward to putting her in foal to Ballineen Blue Mountain later this year for a 2021 foal.
Kilconnell Go Free (pictured below as a 3yr old and two weeks after arriving at Trevalda, February 2020).