WELL, THAT'S IT FOLKS!
After breeding nearly 400 Irish Sport Horses since 1986, they have ALL been sold.
It is the end of an era, which is bittersweet and I need some time to be able to process this and express more in words. However, I would sincerely like to thank the many, many people who have supported this journey as well as myself along the way.
To the critics, it’s so easy to be swayed by those that feel threatened but thank goodness you just made me stronger and more determined to achieve my goal of producing the best that I possibly could.
After thirty seven years of research and genetic selection ESB has become one of the largest and most successful performance horse names in equestrian history.
The ESB stud has consistently produced more top-level eventing horses than any other stud in Australia. The bloodlines have competed at major international events in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, USA and the United Kingdom as well as winning a silver medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 with Megan Jones’s Irish Jester.
And so, founder Vanessa Hawkins has certainly achieved her goal of breeding nice horses with more than 78 of her horses currently registered with Equestrian Australia, her bloodlines have produced ten 5*, six 4*, nine 3* and more than thirteen 2* horses and countless 1* horses.
THANK YOU ALL, ESPECIALLY THE HORSES OXO
ps. I will still be breeding a few Gypsy Cob crosses for carriage driving, novice and nervous riders as well as the ESB cattle.
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