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Steeplechase Horses

In the middle of the 18th century a race between Mr. O’Callaghan and Mr. Blake began. The starting and finishing points were the steeples, beginning from the church at Buttevant to the church of Doneraile. They raced, jumping walls and fences, across farms and fields, thus the first steeplechase was officially recorded. Today some of the most popular steeplechases take places at the Galway Races. Hundreds and hundreds of fans gather every day to bet on their favorite horses. This event is held each year at the same period and it lasts a week.

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The Irish National Stud was established to promote the Irish thoroughbred industry by providing breeders with good stallions at reasonable price. According to the first English Stud Book the thoroughbred breeding dates from 1793 when three Arabian stallions were crossbred with royal mares. All Thoroughbred on Earth are descending from them. The sires are selected by the breeders on the basis of bloodlines, the confirmation and appearance, as well as the number of races they have won. Ireland is well known for the climate and the soil for breeding horses, thanks to the tremendous closeness and understanding of the horses.

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Determining when the mares are ready for covering is one of the main farm duties, which also includes carefully monitoring every step of the procedure. The breeding process of these delicate animals is of immense value. Around 18 days after the covering a veterinarian visits the mare and makes a sonogram, which can tell if there is a live fetus. And then after 11 months a beautiful little foal will be born.

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