With 167 entries for the six-venue Horse Sport Ireland (HSI) mare selections, this very positive initiative continues to have good success. Since it began in 2010, a total of 1,264 sport horse mares and 1,899 Irish Draughts have been assessed.

The goal for sport horse mares is to be designated as select in addition to the possibility of gaining gold stars for either their own or their progeny’s performance. So far 959 have achieved select status. Irish Draught mares aim for Class 1 designation and can aim for a performance bonus of bronze merit. Class 1 status has been attained by 1,113 mares.