The black colt on the left is just three weeks old and the bay filly on the right just one week.
Little do these two exceptional Traditional Irish foals realize that they belong to two of the best event horse families in the world. The colt is by Cruising Encore, one of the two clones of the legendary Cruising, the sire of 4* stars Mr Medicott (Karen O’Connor and Philip Dutton) and Mr Cruise Control (Andrew Nicholson) and Grand Prix jumping superstar Flexible (Rich Fellers). The filly is by Jackaroo, full brother of Mandiba, World Breeding Federation event horse of the year in 2010, and High Kingdom, Zara Phillips Olympic Silver medalist. But better still her dam is a full sister to Mr Cruise Control!
The two foals were born at Hartwell Stud in Co.Kildare in April and May 2016 respectively, where both Cruising Encore and Jackaroo stand, and where Cruising and his sire, the Irish Draught Sea Crest, spent all their lives.
Photo taken at Hartwell Stud in County Kildare, IRE