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A rare breed
Irish Draught horses and owners to show their stuff at show
By Kristi Dyes | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 8/31/2007 12:28 AM

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This is not a typical horse show for this area.

But, then again, this is not an everyday sort of horse.

There are fewer than 3,000 registered purebred Irish Draught horses in the world, and about 100 of them will be at a show in Wayne next week.

Susan Jensen of Barrington Hills will have her horses Foxglen Himself and Celtic Moon riding in this year's show.

"I swear they have a sense of humor," Jensen said. "They have amazing personality … and amazing temperament."

Jensen and friend Liz Freeman of Tipton, Iowa, helped bring the 12th annual Irish Draught Horse Society of North America Breed Show here.

Jensen looks forward to having an event where horse owners and people curious about the sport come together.

The show, which runs from Thursday through Sunday at Lamplight Equestrian Center, will include breed inspections and events such as dressage and jumping.

Most events are open to the public and there is no fee. The most exciting days will be Saturday and Sunday, with stallion parades and various competitions each day, she said.

Jensen described the Irish Draught as an "all-around horse." Their history goes back to the early part of the 20th century when farmers needed horses that could perform a variety of tasks, including hunting, working and jumping.

This is the first time the show has been in the Midwest -- it's usually at an East Coast state such as New Jersey or Virginia.

But getting the bid was not difficult, Jensen said.

"Lamplight is a Class A operation and they were really great helping us out," she said.

It is hard work to put on a show of this magnitude, she said.

"We want to outdo everyone that came before us," she said. "We just want to be the best."

For information, visit idhsnaannualshow.com.

If you go

What: Irish Draught Horse Society of North America Breed Show

Where: Lamplight Equestrian Center, 6N940 Dunham Road, Wayne

Admission: Free. And free parking. Food concessions are on site.

Public events

Thursday

8 a.m.: Inspections

11 a.m.: Dressage competition

Friday

8 a.m.: In-hand breed competition

Saturday

8 a.m.: Jumper and Event competition

10 a.m.: USEA Future Event Horse Class and Youngstock Utility competitions

Noon: Stallion Parade

Sunday

8 a.m.: American Hunter competition

Noon: Stallion Parade

2 p.m.: $500 Irish Hunter Under Stakes competition, presentation of awards, Purebred and Partbred Supreme Performance Championships with judging to follow