Today’s Horse & Hound (19 August) includes a special report on Ireland’s horse welfare problems — held by charities to be the worst ever.

A combination of the recession and overbreeding has led to a fall in the market for some Irish horses.

One of the answers is for British buyers to look to Ireland when buying their new sport horse.

Here is a list of reputable horse sales in Ireland, but there are many breeders and dealers who also offer quality Irish horses.

  • Cavan — www.cavanequestrian.com
  • Goresbridge — www.irishhorse.com
  • Goffs — www.goffs.com
  • Tattersalls Ireland — www.tattersalls.ie