The Irish National Stud
The Irish National Stud in Tully, County Kildare is the heart of Irish thoroughbred breeding. Irish National Stud and Gardens is considered a tourist attraction, but the National Stud has also been a functioning stud for over 100 years with the main aim of breeding thoroughbreds for Ireland that can win at home and abroad.
The farm at Tully was acquired by Colonel William Hall Walker in 1900. Hall Walker was the most successful breeder at the turn of the century. In 1915 the farm and all its stocks were donated to the Crown. The success continued when the stud farm produced the winners of all five racing classics. In 1943, the newly formed Irish government took over the land and buildings. Two years later the Irish National Stud Company Ltd. was founded and officially took over the stud on 31 August 1946. A stud museum opened in 1977 describes the history of racing and shows the history of the horse from antiquity to the present day. The skeleton of the race horse Arkle stands at the entrance.
Worth seeing is the Japanese garden with a red wooden bridge on the park-like grounds of the National Stud and Gardens. The Gardens were created at the beginning of the 20th century. Visitors can walk through 20 stations symbolizing the human path through life. In St. Fiachras Garden there are reconstructed monk cells. It was developed in the spirit of the Monk St. Fiachra and should correspond to the natural ecology of the 6th century.
Today the Irish National Stud offers long-term and short-term facilities for mares, foals, yearlings and racehorses. International breeders from all over the world use the first-class facilities with over 1000 hectares of land. Ireland’s best stallions are stationed at the stud, with remarkable stud fees. If you want to have your mare expecting a foal by Invincible Spirit, you can pay an amount of at least 120.000 Euro.
National Stud and Gardens are open to visitors. The grazing lands for mares and young horses, the grazing lands with veteran race horse heroes and the stallions on the large paddocks can be visited on a walk over the estate in one or two hours. Guided tours in English are offered.
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