As if in tribute to their recently deceased sire, Cruising mares are dams to three of Ireland’s entry of 15 five-, six- and seven-year-olds for this weekend’s World Young Horse Championship at Lanaken, Belgium. It is a feature of our selection that the progeny of Irish performance mare crossings with Continental sires make up the bulk of our contenders.

The three Cruising dams (Brian Livingstone’s Simply Chic, David Hogan’s Sea Beauty and Oliver Walsh’s Santa Fe) were covered respectively by OBOS Quality (Old), Lux Z (Hann) and Silvano (KWPN) to produce one entry in each of the three categories.