About

About Us

Welcome to our life..........

White Lodge Stud, based in the Essex countryside, owners Luke & Amy Seabon purchased the stud in late 2018 with the idea to transform the stud in to a fully operational breeding & training facility.


Planning applications where submitted & almost one year later they received the green light to start building their dream........

Amy has had horses all of her life & also travelled the world training & producing horses, her preferred training way being the classical way.

She spend over a year in New Zealand in her early 20's & being a keen hunter she hunted with the Hawkes Bay harrier hounds.


Upon her return she then began working on a large TB stud in Wiltshire she always said her dream would be to one day build her own & breed her lifelong love the Irish Draught........

In true Amy style nothing will ever be done in halves, a full on "project white lodge stud"

was drawn up, every last detail was logged down over a life time of planning, visuals & ideas, a life time dream that was about to be unravelled.

Luckily for Amy her husband luke was a builder, before he found himself head mucker outer & on stallion duties, not forgetting the huge project.....


Our first stallion was purchased in 2018 Carrigfada Grey Mist aka Conan, Amy has successfully competed county level working hunter up and down the country & its safe to say the pair are a real team!


The second stallion was purchased via the legend himself Jimmy Quinn, he bred Cappa Sarsfield aka Simba & the couple purchased him in 2019, Simba will be shown in hand over 2020 up and down the country in the breed classes, he will begin his ridden career also.

Amy & Luke have extensive knowledge of the Irish Draught breed, they really do go the full lengths to make sure everything is perfect for the horses, they live, breath & sleep the Draught horse....

About The Irish Draught

The Irish Draught horse originated in 18th century Ireland, when Irish farmers could only afford to keep a single horse on a small tract of land. They required an animal sturdy enough to pull a plough, athletic and bold enough to go foxhunting and jump anything, and sensible, but flashy enough to pull the family trap to church on Sunday.

 

The foundation stock was the now-extinct Irish Hobby horse, described as brave and agile, a warhorse so effective that King Edward I tried to prevent Irish exports of horses to Scotland during the Wars of Independence between 1296 and 1357. These were crossed with Iberian horses captured from the Spanish Armada shipwrecks on Ireland’s west coast, as well as Anglo-Norman warhorses. Then in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, thoroughbred and Clydesdale blood was introduced to create a taller horse, but one with stamina and refinement.

 

The Irish government started recording pedigrees of Irish Draughts in 1907 and opened an official studbook in 1917, but these records, held in the Four Courts in Dublin, were lost when the building was set on fire during the Irish Civil War in 1922. Before the Civil War destroyed the records, the First World War had decimated the breed — due to their strength, soundness, and willing temperament, thousands of Irish Draughts went to the battlefields of France and Belgium and never returned. The mechanisation of agriculture following WWI didn’t help them recover their numbers either, as there wasn’t much need for horses to work the land any more, and many of the horses who survived the war were shipped abroad or to slaughter.

 

During the 1970s, efforts began in earnest to preserve the breed, with the foundation of the Irish Draught Horse Society in 1976 and an offshoot branch in the UK in 1979. The Irish Horse Board, part of Ireland’s Department of Agriculture, oversaw breeding (in 2008, this became Horse Sport Ireland) and since 1983, has maintained the studbook. Breed societies were later founded in the United States and Canada as more equestrians discovered that the intelligent, sensible Irish Draught was the ideal leisure and performance horse. The mounted police in the UK and Ireland use numerous Irish Draughts to this day, as they are obedient and calm enough to cope with confrontational situations.

 

When crossed with thoroughbreds or warmbloods, the animals produce a sport horse that excels at the highest levels of eventing and showjumping. This has been a double-edged sword: while Irish Draught lines remain popular with sport horse breeders, only 600 pure Irish Draught foals are being registered in Ireland annually, and mares aren’t producing replacements for themselves in the herd. The breed is classified as “endangered but maintained” by the UN. In an effort to preserve the traditional breed and improve genetic diversity, Horse Sport Ireland has introduced inspections of stallions and mares, grading horses on a 1-4 scale. There is, however, a great deal of debate among breeders and breed societies over the best way to ensure the survival these horses.

 

On the other hand, the high-achieving progeny of Irish Draught stallions in showjumping and eventing has made those bloodlines desirable and the stallions prominent on the international circuits. These include King of Diamonds, who was 21st in the world breeding rankings between 1999 and 2001, the sire of successful showjumpers like Rodrigo Pessoa’s Special Envoy, Joe Fargis’ Mill Pearl, and John Ledingham’s Millstreet Ruby. They also include Sea Crest, a 1979 stallion who had 25 daughters and sons competing at the international level in eventing and showjumping. One of his offspring was Cruising , out of an Irish Sports Horse mare, who won numerous grand prix showjumping competitions and went on to become a significant sire himself.

 

The pure Irish Draught is an athletic enough animal for riders who want straightforward hunter, eventer, jumper, or dressage horse, and a fantastic companion. There is a reason the police use them.

The Irish Draught has a pleasant head, good bone and a short shin, good spring of rib, strong loins and hindquarters and an active powerful stride.” They ideally should be between 15.2hh and 16.3hh, with nine to 10 inches of strong, clean, flat bone. Though they are solid horses, their appearance should not be coarse, and their faces should be intelligent and friendly.

 

The breed is largely free of health problems, even though inbreeding is a concern due to the popularity of a limited number of bloodlines. However, like many of the horses native to the British Isles, Irish Draughts are ‘good-doers’ and thrive on rough grazing. If fed too rich a diet, they are prone to laminitis and other obesity-related health issues.

Some facts about us

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2

Stallions

10

Brood Mares

50

Horses Sold Worldwide p/a

Frozen Semen Available

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