ONE benefit of Horse Sport Ireland’s foal book publication is checking the pedigree and breeder of a successful horse. The 2007 foal book, for example, is a rich source for checking the background stories of the majority of the Irish Sport Horse team that recently scored a historic win in the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses 2017 rankings.

Owners of a successful horse or followers of a particular stallion use the foal book to track down a breeder or progeny or how many foals he’s producing. It also serves as a useful benchmark for following breeding trends for the various breed types, from continental to thoroughbred sires.