Irish Draught Horses at
Ballycroy is a small breeding establishment located
just north of Toronto in southern Ontario. We have a twofold
committment to the breed: CONSERVATION and PROMOTION.
The world-wide herd of purebred
stallions and mares numbers less than 2000. Most rare-breed
organizations list the Irish Draught Horse's survival status
as "critical". The situation in North America is
even more desperate because the breed was only introduced
to this continent in the early 1990s. With our small breeding
program, we hope to do our part to ensure the continuation
and enjoyment of this wonderful horse.
Member of IDHS
We believe that the contribution
of the purebred Irish Draught Horse is essential to the performance
horse of today. Bred for over a century to be hardy and versatile,
the Irish Draught possesses the courage and athleticism needed
for horses competing in all disciplines, whether it be for
the amateur or the professional at FEI levels. We are also very much aware of the increasing level of inbreeding in the
global herd. Our breeding decisions are always based on an attempt to
create greater genetic diversity. Derranagarra Laragh is a complete
outcross and we hope to create more for the North American herd.