Our Story so Far
Loguestown Irish Draughts
Loguestown Irish Draughts (prop. Ivan & Judith Adams) was established in 1989 when we bought our first RID mare, Loahean, by Lahinch (RID) in foal to Clonfert (RID).
Our experience with the draught breed was so positive that in 1991 we decided to purchase a traditional Irish Draught filly with out-cross blood lines. She had to be correct, well bred, old fashioned with good straight movement and plenty of good flat bone. In the end we bought two (we could not choose), A Sea Crest filly out of the Blue Peter mare Creggan Rose and a Mountain View filly out of the Gold Coin mare Gold Lassie. In1993 both fillies were passed RID and so we had the foundation mares for our breeding program. The mares were crossed with carefully chosen stallions, preferably outcross. We used outcross stallions such as Blue Rajah, UIBH FHAILI'81 and Moorpark Boy.
From small beginnings we gradually built up our numbers to a peak of five mares with foals and two yearlings in 2000. Our stock did well in the show ring over the years including Yearling National Champion 2000. Our stock is in demand all over the world from places as far apart asSouth Africa, United States of America and of course Ireland.
Stock have come and gone over the years and gradually we have changed the emphasis from Draughts to Connemaras. The influence of Loguestown stock can be seen throughout the world (just google loguestown and see!) We are so proud those discerning breeders world-wide appreciated what we were trying to do for the breed.
Draughts will always hold a special place in our hearts and the memories of our kids growing up and interacting with these noble beasts will be with us forever.
End of an era
Only this year (2012) we sold our last Irish Draught mare, the end of an era indeed. So now it is time to concentrate on the Connemaras.
An exciting new enterprise at Loguestown began in 2004 with the purchase of Derratha Pearl and later Crossowen Ciara, two Registered Class One Connemara mares, in foal toWestside Mirah and Drumlane Warrior respectively. Stock came and went but Derratha Pearl hasasserted herself as our stock mare and has proven her worth. Her stock has excelled and is now the future of our breeding programme.
As breeders of traditional Irish horses the progression into Connemaras was a natural step. We had admired them from afar and have come to appreciate their superb temperament which makes them so easy to work with, their versatility and of course their hardiness.
Ode to the Connemara
Connemaras are in our blood
their kindly natures are what we love.
We are so proud to be involved
with such a breed that is so bold.
You'll find them in all sorts of places
eventing, jumping and team chases.
Greys and browns and chestnuts too
with famous pedigrees through and through.
MacDara, Carna Dun and Carna Bobby
to name a few on the family tree.
Ancient lines, deep within their veins
long may this majestic breed remain
to keep all Connemara members sane.
The story continues...
As with the Draughts the Connemaras are making their mark on the show circuit winning Championships at major shows throughout Ireland. Our home bred filly Loguestown Papaver has been turning heads as has our home bred gelding Loguestown Warrior on the show circuit in GB.
The Connemara is the image of strength, kindness and trust. Their inner peace will calm you as they charm their way into your heart