The Irish National Stud’s Best Moments

It’s almost here, the wait is over! The Irish National Stud and Gardens will reopen its doors to the public on February 11th 2019. To celebrate, we have rounded up the best moments in the stud farm over the last year!

It’s almost here, the wait is over! The Irish National Stud and Gardens will reopen its doors to the public in less than two weeks, on February 11th 2019. After a well-deserved break over the winter months, the National Stud will be open business-as-usual once again.

An exciting year for breeders at the stud, 2018 was filled with new births, race wins, events and more. To celebrate the highly anticipated 2019 opening, we have rounded up the best moments on the stud farm over the last year!

The National Stud Welcomes Delegates

 

 

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With a visit from the Duchess of Cornwall in May 2017, the National Stud is no stranger to international delegates. 2018 saw two monumental visits to the farm last year. In November, the National Stud welcomed New Zealand’s Deputy Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Winston Peters.

Irish National Stud CEO, Cathal Beale said, “our proud linkages with New Zealand trace back many years, and it was a great honour for all the team at the INS to be chosen specifically by the Deputy Prime Minister for a visit.”

The National Stud was also honoured to host an afternoon with Her Excellency Mrs Mari Miyoshi, the Japanese Ambassador.

Garden of Meditation

 

 

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Her Excellency paid a visit to the National Stud to officially open the brand new Garden of Meditation.

A new feature to the Japanese Gardens in the National Stud, the Garden of Meditation was designed to emphasise the simplicity of Zen thinking and invite the viewer towards meditation and contemplation.

The sunshine-drenched afternoon was a huge success with performances from Japanese drummers and a jaw-dropping display of Japanese archery.

Build a Bug Hotel

 

 

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Not just for those dedicated horse-lovers out there, the Irish Stud Farm is the perfect place to spend an afternoon of family fun!

In late August of last year, the Stud held a “build you own bug hotel” event within the garden of the farm.

All who participated had an unforgettable day learning to forage, building wildlife habitats, and helping all the different species in the area.

The kids who took part had a great day of fun and learning, soaking up lots of new information on the importance of environmental protection.

The Halloween Spooktacular Event

 

 

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Before the curtains closed on another season at the Irish Stud, the farm has one last celebration for all the family: the Halloween Spooktacular Event!

The resident ponies Prince and Bertie offered free pony rides to all the little ghouls and goblins on the day. There was face-painting, fun and games, and also spot-prizes for best dressed.

The New Fairy Trail

 

 

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It was a beautiful spring Sunday last March as over 100 season ticket holders and their families gathered together to welcome back the fairy residents of the National Stud and view the brand new fairy trail.

Fairy Louis and Fairy Hayley led the way around the new trail which has relocated to the enchanted St Fiachra’s Garden where over 20 fairies now reside. Along the journey guests were treated to some special stories about each resident and learned the chores they do and – more importantly – what makes them happy!

The New Foals of 2018

 

 

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2018 was a huge year for new foals at the National Stud! Valentines Day marks the start of the thoroughbred covering season in our hemisphere, and Kildare Stud was no different!

Quevega gave birth to a beautiful filly in March, while Neuquen became new Mum to a stunning colt in February. Another foal was added to the Stud was Love Street’s new colt, also born in March.

We are told the foals are improving every day and love nothing more than to play games of chase with each other around the paddocks in the Kildare Yard!

Easter Family Fun

 

 

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The Easter Family Fun event in the National Stud was a huge success last March. From March 30th to April 2nd, visitors enjoyed pony-rides, face-painting, a petting zoo and more. The new magical fairy trail was explored by all, and there was also a chance to sneak and peek at the newborn foals.

Let’s hope this year’s event is just as jam-packed with fun!

For more information on the Irish National Stud and all their upcoming events, visit their website here.

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