Damien’s April Update – Blown away by Bansha House!
18th May 2017
It’s that time again for you to hear all about the month of April at the Irish National Stud.
The clocks have changed and the days are longer. The scenery on the stud has been amazing. The sun shining, trees blossoming and tourists walking around the farm to see the new arrivals (foals) running around their paddocks.
It is one of the busiest months of the year at the Irish National Stud. The stallions are busy covering mares throughout the course of the day. Invincible Spirit and Free Eagle are enjoying their time covering close to three or four mares a day keeping them happy boys.
The foaling unit is winding down in numbers with around 60 more mares to foal.
This month I have been placed to work at Strawhall (foaling unit), Kildare Yard (mares and foals) and stallions.
I started the month off on night shift. I worked three nights and managed to foal 7 mares, which was a very good experience. I have currently foaled 16 mares, leaving me 4 mares closer to my goal of 20.
The following week I was reunited with the mares I foaled at the Kildare Yard. It is always exciting to see how the foals develop in such a short space of time. As always, it is an enjoyable time working at Kildare, being able to communicate with tourists visiting the farm, interacting with young kids who one day might be writing a blog for you to read. It is important that we take the time and effort to show how fun it is to work with thoroughbreds so we can encourage younger people to follow in our footsteps.
On Friday the 21st the class was invited to leading Breeze Up consigner Con Marnane’s property. The set up he has is mind blowing. Everything you could wish to have in a stable to get the best results for your horses he has. This is why Mr Marnane is one of the best in the business.
(Final gallop before the sales)
After a good day at Con Marnane’s it was time to head back to the stud for the Friday night Punchestown preview. The final Jumps Racing Festival of the season is finally upon us. Guest speakers Robbie McNamara, Richie Galway, Ross O’Sullivan, Simon Kerins and Martin Murphy from HRI spoke to the audience about the key runners throughout the week.
I attended the first day of the festival on Tuesday with a few of my fellow classmates. It was a very cold day so the thermals were needed.
The highlight of the day was watching Robbie Power steer home Fox Norton in the Champion Chase. Overall it was a good day spent with great company.