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Byrnesgrove Stud, Co.Kilkenny, where we pride ourselves in standing, probably, the finest sires for the sports horse industry in Ireland. The sires at Byrnesgrove Stud have been carefully selected for their temperament, movement, confirmation and pedigree. Fully approved sires such as Cruisings Ambassador (ish), Riyalan (TB), and Ballinaboy Tom (cp), Diamond Roller (ish), O-Piloth KWPN, are producing offspring of a very high calibre.

The crossing of TB and Irish Draught has been proven to be the best possible combination over the years, producing sound horses with excellent temperament. It is our belief that staying with this tradition will bring us back to the era of the 1990s when we were producing world class performers. In 1993 ten per cent of the top 250 show jumpers in the world were bred in Ireland which can be clearly seen here. Since the 1990s other combinations have been tried and have failed to achieve any comparable success. Our mission is to put the Irish sport horse back on top where he truly belongs.


October 19th 2017
Cooley Cross Border in the media.

Cooley Cross Border is now the official  World's No 1 leading Irish Sport Horse according to WBSFH and rated 8th overall.  The ISH Studbook has  yet again topped the World rankings in the  Eventing division.
April 21st
New to Stud

O- Piloth is approved with AES and NA1 with Horse Sport Ireland.
O-Piloth’s progeny are of a modern blood type, very careful and scopey jumpers, good movers – attributes that make O-Piloth a producer of top class showjumpers.

O-Piloth’s sire Epilot, won the Bundeschampionat, ridden by Franke Sloothaak. Later in his career, Epilot was ridden by Jos Lansink and Peter Geerink. Epilots son No Time, ridden by Peter Geerink, won the World Breeding Championships in Lanaken 2001 and 2002. P-Pilot, ridden by Wout Jan van der Schans, is another very successful progeny by Epilot. Epilot’s sire Pilot, dam sire Burggraaf and Le Mexico have proven them self as world class producers of showjumpers.

O-Piloth was ridden by Olympic, World and European Champion Jeroen Dubbeldam and retired to stud due to injury. At the age of 5 years old, O-Piloth came second at the “Zwolle International Stallion Show 2001” in the “International Future Stallion” Competition.

March 26th 2017

Kim Severson Seals the Deal on Another Adequan USEA Gold Cup Win at Carolina International
Authored By: Shelby Allen - USEA Staff
Kim Severson and Cooley Cross Border. USEA/Shelby Allen Photo.
Kim Severson and The Cross Syndicate’s Cooley Cross Border pulled off a wire-to-wire win of the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Advanced this weekend at the Cloud 11/Gavilan North Carolina International CIC & Horse Trials.
On the flat, the 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Diamond Roller x Whos Diaz) earned a 27.2 after a fluid test on Friday.
“He’s been a little nervous about being in the ring, I think he’s had a big learning curve recently, so he sort of worries about that a little bit. I came here two weeks ago and did two combined tests on him. It got him in the ring twice which was really really helpful,” Severson explained.
Kim Severson and Cooley Cross Border. USEA/Shelby Allen Photo. 
Cross traveled easily across Ian Stark’s Advanced track, finishing just a hair above optimum for 1.2 time penalties. “He was amazing. Absolutely amazing. I think that was actually really good for him because it was so fast. It’s like derby race, like a speed round. He was really fast today, incredibly fast and very honest,” she said of the former USEA Young Event Horse Champion.
Kim Severson and Cooley Cross Border. USEA/Shelby Allen Photo. 
The pair had a rail in hand this morning, but didn’t need it. They went clear over Marc Donovan’s show jumping course to clinch the win on 28.3 penalty points. After the success of the weekend, she is now reconsidering the rest of their spring season. The pair are entered at the Rolex Kentucky CCI4*, but Severson admits she didn’t think they would go on to compete at the four-star.
“He came out yesterday for the first time I actually thought that Rolex could be an option. He’s entered, but my first option would be to go to Bramaham because I think he needs to do another three-star. If he were to jump around the Fork or Fair Hill the way he did yesterday, I could actually see him going to Kentucky,” she speculated. “I think he needs the fitness of another three-star. Although yesterday, he was fast and easy. That was a very different horse than the one I’ve had yet.
26th March 2017
Cooley Cross Border x Diamond Roller

Kim Severson & Cooley Cross Border Clinch Wire-to-Wire Win in Carolina Advance

Kim Severson and Cooley Cross Border. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.
Kim Severson and Cooley Cross Border led the Advanced division from start to finish at Carolina International, jumping a clear show jumping round this morning to seal the deal on the win on a final score of 28.3.
“Cross,” a 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by the Cross Syndicate, added just 1.2 cross country time penalties to his dressage score, and Kim said he was “unreal” around Ian Stark’s track yesterday.
“He just couldn’t have been better,” Kim said. “I could have been a little bit better here and there, but he was 100 percent.”
While Cross is entered for his four-star debut at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, Kim has also applied for a USEF High Performance Grant to compete at the Equi-Trek Bramham Horse Trials in England, and she’s still not sure which option she will choose.
“He came out yesterday and for the first time I actually thought that Rolex could be an option. He’s entered but my first option is to go to Bramham because I think he needs to go to another three-star. If he were to jump around The Fork or Fair Hill the way he did yesterday I could see him going to Rolex.”
As for why she is leaning a bit more toward Bramham, Kim said she would like more time to confirm his flying changes and also pointed to wanting more time to develop his base of fitness.
“I think he needs the fitness of another three-star, although yesterday he was fast and easy,” Kim said. “That was a very different horse than the one I’ve had yet. I was really happy with that.”
Aside from Carolina, Cross has only had one other run this season at the Wellington Eventing Showcase, and Kim said that the competition was “amazingly good for him.” She also competed him in a combined test earlier this month at the Carolina Horse Park.
“He’s been a little nervous about being in the ring, but I think he’s had a big learning curve recently,” Kim said. “I was lucky enough two weeks ago to do the combined test on him to get him in the ring twice, which was really helpful.”
Looking back to their test on Friday afternoon, they left some points on the table when Cross cantered out of the halt and missed on a flying change, but Kim said she was pleased that he stayed more relaxed in the ring.

October 13th 2016

By the Numbers: Dutta Corp Fair Hill International CCI3*
Thursday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research Course Brook Farm and Kent School Close Out Area I’s 2016 Season
By Maggie Deatrick on Oct 13, 2016 9:30 am - 2,684 views
Kim Severson and Cooley Cross Border. Photo by Jenni Autry.
It’s unbelievable that we’re already at Fair Hill again, with a chill in the air and the leaves beginning to fall. There’s a palpable level of excitement in the air every year for this event, perhaps because it generally marks the end of upper-level eventing for the year on the East Coast, perhaps because the horses who finish here are often the horses we see at Rolex next year. Whatever it is, it’s Fair Hill fever.
Unsurprisingly, the majority of the horses in this field are fairly experienced. Many have already attempted a CCI3* before and if they haven’t, they’ve likely competed at several CIC3* and Advanced events. We’ve got quite a healthy contingent from the West Coast who are ready to be challengers if they can conquer the terrain, and surprisingly the weather looks golden this year.
The dressage test will be 2015 FEI 3*-B. Derek di Grazia, who designs several West Coast courses as well as Rolex and Bromont, will be the course designer again this year, while Sally Ike returns for the stadium fences.
1. Kim Severson and Cooley Cross Border: This striking gelding is difficult to bet against these days, although he has had an occasional blip at this level. Still, a mostly consistent cross country record combined with supremely strong dressage and show jumping phases means this horse may better his second place finish at this event last year.
An average of 44.5 on the B test is a hair over their typical average, but laying that down would put these two right near the top from the get-go. Across the country, these two average only 6.0 time penalties when putting in clear rounds, but finished Derek’s course here last fall only two seconds over the optimum time. In eight rounds of stadium Cooley Cross Border has accumulated a grand total of zero rails, so don’t look for him to have a mistake in the stadium phase. A final score right around 50 would give this horse yet another win in his young career.

June 2016
Albert McDonalds three year old gelding Saunderscourt Cruise by Cruisings Ambassador was reserve champion of the Gorey Agricultiure show 2016. Breeder Mr Seamus Healy, Ballyragget,Co Kilkenny
June 5th 2016

Cooley Roller Coaster by Diamond Roller finished 2nd in the Land Rover CCI1* @ Tattersalls Horse Trials & Country Fair.

May 24th, 2016

New to stud Diamond Roller

Diamond Roller's impressive pedigree brings together Ireland's & Europe's most famous bloodlines. He possess a superb temperament, confirmation, and movement which he passes on to his progeny. Diamond Roller dose not have a red factor,i.e. there will be no chestnuts among his offspring.
Diamond Roller is the sire of the future.
Fresh and frozen semen available.
May 10, 2016
"If you were to google USEA ( United States Eventing Association) and go to "leaderboard' on the right hand column you will have a choice of levels to click. If you click "novice" which is our equivalent of "Intro" and scroll to the last category which is the list of the highest ranked horses after the winter in Florida you will see in first place SBT Clover Road ISH TIH ( By Road to Happiness TB).
Second place Sir Earl Grey ISH TIH (By Sun Rich ID)
Fifth place Rock Ambassador ISH TIH ( by Cruising Ambassador)
If you click on Training which is our equivalent of Pre Novice
First Place SBT Barolo ISH TIH ( By Loughahoe Guy) bought in Goresbridge Go For Gold. SBT stands for Scarteen Black and Tan and Robin Walker uses this prefix in a lot of the horses he buys through Chris and Sue Ryan. Barolo and the three above all came through them and are Traditional Irish Bred
Second place Monatrea Xavier ISH TIH ( by Riyalan TB) Owned by Mary Roch-Perks and produced by Claire Lambert. These are the highest ranked horses ( Training and Novice) so far this season in The USA. And they are all Traditional Irish Bred"
Original Post on Traditional Irish Horse Association