Irish National Stud

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  • Invincible Colt heads 2000 Guineas Market after Greenham Romp!12/04/2014Kingman set hearts racing at Newbury today as he romped to victory in what looked a solid renewal of the Greenham Stakes.The son of Invincible Spirit was electric as he lit up the Newbury straight.

  • Snow Fairy in foal to Elusive Pimpernel19/03/2014Snow Fairy has been scanned 21 days in foal to Elusive Pimpernel. Ginny McGrath who boards Snow Fairy at Simmonstown Stud said that she went in foal on her first cover. Early days yet, but she reported Mrs Patino as delighted that her champion racemare is in foal to her best colt.

  • Our Head of State visits the Irish National Stud05/02/2014On Monday 3rd February, all of the team here at the Irish National Stud were delighted to welcome His Excellency, The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina. On arrival, President Higgins and his wife were greeted at the Japanese Gardens Entrance by our CEO, John Osborne. President Higgins was introduced to the tourism staff and a selection of distinguished guests including our Board Members.

Horse Museum

The future and the past entwine beautifully at the Irish National Stud, whose museum is a legacy to not only the horses in Ireland but also the greatest and most famous of all Irish horses.

Mares with heaving stomachs and wide-eyed foals standing close to their mothers are the tomorrow of Irish racing. Its yesterday will forever be associated with the mighty and incomparable Arkle, to whose legion of fans was far more than just mere flesh and blood. He was iconic, an animal worthy of worship and reverence. And now, more than 40 years after his death, he reigns supreme in the stud's museum, where his skeleton holds pride of place.

Three times the winner of jumping's ultimate prize, the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Arkle remains the greatest steeplechaser to have lived anywhere and at any time. Like many Irishmen, he was partial to a pint of Guinness, and such was his fame that fan mail addressed simply to "Arkle, Ireland" invariably found its way to his stable.

While Arkle's time here has come only since his passing, one of Flat racing's modern day legends, Sea The Stars, was bred and raised at the Irish National Stud. Those visiting the museum can see memorabilia connected to County Kildare's champion, while also on display are the silks carried to success in Australia's signature race, the Melbourne Cup, by another Kildare superstar, Vintage Crop.

Elsewhere in the Sun Chariot Yard, visitors are told the history of the horse in Ireland through artifacts, illustrations and texts while the start of an equine life is presented in an emotional and uplifting video showing the birth of a foal - just possibly, the next Arkle.