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Carrick Diamond Lad

Carrick Diamond Lad is the ultimate traditional sport horse; the result of many generations of very selective Irish Sport Horse Breeding, it is for this reason he is becoming one of the most sought after sires in Ireland & the U.K.

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Stallion Details

  • Discipline: Dual Purpose
  • Height: 16.2hh
  • Stud Fee: POA 
  • Breed: Irish Sports Horse
  • Colour: Bay
  • Year of Birth: 1993

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Carrick Diamond Lad is the ultimate traditional sport horse; the result of many generations of very selective Irish Sport Horse Breeding. Carrick Diamond Lad has exceptional temperament, movement and a great attitude to work which he passes on to his offspring in abundance. It is for this reason he is becoming one of the most sought after sires in Ireland & the U.K.

Carrick Diamond Lad is fully approved by the Irish Horse Board as an Irish Sport Horse stallion. This traditional Irish bred stallion carries all of the top performance bloodlines.

His sire, Flagmount Diamond, produced international show jumpers and provides us with some of the best brood mares in the world. Flagmount Diamond is the sire of Hopes Are High, winner of the Du Maurier in Calgary (ridden by Nick Skelton). He has three crosses of T.B. on his dam side, Sky boy and Ozymandais, both of which have impeccable records as performance sires. In addition, his great grand dam is Highland Flight (T.B.). It is probably this triple injection of T.B. in the dam’s pedigree which has given Carrick Diamond Lad’s progeny the stamina for showjumping, 3-day eventing and dressage.

Carrick Diamond Lad’s promising performance career was unfortunately never realized due to a horrendous injury to the fetlock joint in a freak accident as a foal. Despite this handicap and from an initial small book of mares, he has produced many superb horses including Private Heart, Lowhill Blackout, Finest Diamond Clover amongst many.  Leslie Law Individual Olympic Gold Medal Winner says, “I first became aware of the stallion Carrick Diamond Lad via my ex-three star horse Private Heart who was sired by him. Private Heart was a very successful advanced horse that I really enjoyed campaigning and I am sure he would have been a fabulous four star horse had he not incurred an injury. Since then, I have seen some of the stallion’s young stock in Europe and have been very impressed with them. It is certainly good news for America that his semen is now available here as this grandson of the famous King of Diamonds should cross very well with the American mares”.

Carrick Diamond Lad passes on a number of desirable traits to his offspring. These include; Trainability, Movement,  Athleticism, Courage, Jump and Versatility.  This unique ability to pass on athleticism and movement in combination with the renowned brain and trainability of the Irish bred horse that makes him such a special sire. It is this reason that more and more breeders are looking to Carrick Diamond Lad as their chosen stallion.

Carrick Diamond Lad has been upgraded to Approved status in 2008, justifying the Irish breeders’ faith in him. Incredibly, Carrick Diamond Lad has been in the top 10% of Irish stallions by number of mares covered in the past number of years.

Please visit our website www.carrickdiamondlad.com for further details.


Sire: Flagmount Diamond

Sire of international showjumpers.

Sought-after sire of brood mares.

Grandsire: the legendary King of Diamonds

Damline: the best thoroughbred lines.

Proven performance in showjumping and eventing.

Dam’s sire: Sky Boy. Sky Boy was an important thoroughbred who was the sire of Iris Kellett’s mare Skylight, Cluain Mor and Slaney Boy. Sky Boy is also highly ranked as a sire of eventers (24th in the world in 2001).

Grand-dam by Ozymandais: Ozymandias is the sire of Heatwave (now shown as Tabac Original), ridden by David Broome, and he is also the sire of the international jumper Ryan’s Son, ridden by John Whitaker of Great Britain. Ryan’s Son placed fourth in the FEI World Cup in 1982. The second dam of Ozymandias, Niobe, was an American-bred daughter of Sir Gallahad III, who was exported to England. The Thoroughbred mare Risk is a daughter of Sir Gallahad III. Risk is the fourth dam of Everest Philco, an American-bred Thoroughbred ridden by David Broome of Great Britain and rated one of the top ten jumpers in the world on several occasions, including 1981. Everest Philco won the 1982 Grand Prix at Olympia, London.

Great grand dam sire Highland Flight (T.B.)

This breeding line needs no introduction, and his progeny certainly back up this rich bloodline in abundance.




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