LAUNCHED this week by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD, the RDS book on Ireland’s Elite Traditionally Bred Mares was hailed both as a vital foundation document and a platform for further research.

Researched and compiled by Marcus O’Donnell, the book provides a comprehensive pictorial guide, accompanied by breeding charts with detailed breeding and performance data, to Ireland’s top 52 Traditional Irish Performance mares. It also contains valuable data on 93 Traditional Irish Broodmares with performance progeny at 1.40m level or better.