News from SUMA



Wishing you a HAPPY CHRISTMAS and a successful and healthy 2005.


Catriona's own reindeer, one of Archies first crop, Suma's Wisconsin, known
as Wizz. Riding nicely with a fabulous temperament that really wants to
learn and help. He has a super jump, qualified for the Cavan Finals but had
got a virus so she kept him on and broke him.




Everyone, pay attention! 

Suma is back into Irish Draughts with the purchase of 3 filly foals in recent weeks.  One, Island Supreme, has already found a new home with Caroline Giles Lee who is thrilled with this lovely quality filly by Grange Bouncer.  Her comrade, Island Dream, is younger, smaller and most self possessed.  She is also grey, by Golden Trump going back to our old Glenside via the good Gold Coin mare, Coppery Coin.  The third is a total outcross from the lines that Dr. Karen Hinckley is trying to preserve.  She is a dun filly by Cork Arthur (dun but turned grey) out of a dun Coleman mare out of a dun Ginger Dick mare.  A fabulous mover of the stronger type we will hope to breed her in the future to another outcross line but that's a long way off!.

Island Supreme

Also bought at the sales are 3 colt foals for the VDL stud in Holland, two by the super Ard VDL Douglas and one by Touchdown from a Carrolls Flight mare whose g.dam was by Pride of Shaunlara.  So we were not lonesome for our stock for very long! 

Colt foal by VDL Ard Douglas

We have also been taking in stock for sales preparation and a bit of basic education.  One of these is a charming T.B. who goes to Goffs Sales in 2 weeks.  A long time since we had one there!
News on the stallion front:  excellent reports from Holland regarding TALOUBET VDL who is being aimed at the 5 y.o class in the International Stallion Show at Zwolle next Febuary.  The rider, Patrick van der Schans finds him very careful with scope for ever so we will hope this will be his year.  It is still planned for him to return to Ireland next spring as his foals have met such a good reception and he was of course selected for Stallion Performance Testing in 2003.

VDL ARKANSAS had another good International show at Zuidlaren, placing twice in 1.40 classes.  He has also had two winners here from his first crop in the Loose Jumping.  One bred by Ruth Loney won at the prestigious Ballinasloe Fair, and another owned by Malachy Fox won the 2nd qualifier at Cavan.  Our homebred Sumas Wisconsin (Wizz)  owned by Catriona is proving fabulously easy to break and she has fallen in love with him totally.  He is now well over the virus that prevented him competing and selling at the Cavan Select sales after he had qualified for that.  We have also heard that Sumas Dakota who sold at the Sale here has been broken with great ease at his new home in Northumberland. And here is Denise Kearney on her baby too.


And a new book with a 'Foreword' by SUMA Stud

by our friends Mary McGrath and Joan Griffith


The Irish Draught Horse: A History (forth coming title announcement)

Mary McGrath and Joan Griffith have teamed-up and are publishing a beautifully designed and illustrated book on the Irish Draught horse. Mary is an Art Conservator, a member of the Irish Draught Horse Society, Kildare branch, and was formerly Secretary of the Society; Joan is a Librarian, an honorary life member of the Society and updates the websites of the IDHS and SUMA. They have created a rich text of 256 pages, woven together with over 160 photographs in collaboration with a number of scholars and experts.

Table of Contents

-Foreword by Marily Power and Susan Lanigan-O’Keeffe of Suma Stud

-Introduction by Joan C. Griffith

-Archaeology: Horses in Early Ireland by Finbar McCormick, (Prof. Archaeology, Queens Univ. Belfast )

-Manuscripts: The Horse in Early Irish Society by Fergus Kelly, (Prof. Dublin Inst. Advanced Studies)

-Mythology: The Horse in Irish Myth and Folklore by Dáithí Ó'hÓgáin, (Prof. Folklore UCD)

-Horse Images in Irish Art by Mary McGrath

-Working on the Land by John Feehan, (Prof. Agriculture UCD)

-For everything there is a Season by Mary McGrath

-Economic Role of the Work Horse in Nineteenth Century Ireland by Stuart Lane , (PhD NUI Maynooth)

-Horse Fairs by Marjorie Quarton, (Horse dealer and author)

-Recognition and Development by Colin A. Lewis, (Prof. Geography Rhodes Univ. South Africa)

-Genetic Aspects of the Irish Draught Horse by Dr. John Flynn, (Irish Equine Centre)

-Present Day Competition Horse by Norman Storey, (Equine Specialist, Teagasc)

-The Irish Draught Horse in the Twenty-first Century by Joan C. Griffith and Mary McGrath

-Selected Annotated Bibliography on the Irish Draught Horse by Joan C. Griffith

The book is being published by Collins Press, Cork , Ireland and designed by Anu Design, Tara, Co. Meath, Ireland.

--- Expected publication date, MAY 2005 ---

To place a pre-publication order please contact,

Joan Griffith,

Send your name, address information, number of copies wanted, and we will update you with complete purchase information when the book is published





VDL Arkansas continues to impress on the international stage.  Last weekend in Helsinki he and Wout Jan came third in the Masters. Here Archie is jumping in inimitable style, does anyone know a horse with better front leg technique??  This was taken in the Sires of the World at Lanaken. 



Also shown is a 3 y.o. daughter of his owned by Denise Kearney who is showing explosive action behind!

Let's give it a bit of room!



Here is a picture of Suma's Legacy, one of Whippy's   last daughters.  She was bid to 9,500 by our friend Evan Jobling Purser and   will be kept here with her filly foal, Surprise by VDL ARkansas.




Results of the sale can be found listed next to the individual entry in the online Sale Catalogue.

Our Sale ran beautifully and we were extremely   proud of the animals that came forward.  We would like to thank our Head   Girl, Catriona Shanley and all the other helpers, many of whom had been here in   the past for work experience in some form or other, particularly Juli Thompson   from Hawaii, and Nia O'Malley from Galway.  Also Fintan and Stephen   Branigan, Eleanor Troy, locals Laura and  Geoff, Nia's cousin, Catherine,   Bridget Pender, a vet student who came hot from her oral exams. Our   neighbours Simon and Natasha Elliott, and Susie's family, Lesley, Randal and Tara   did a brilliant job with the barbecue. And finally our dear friends, Richard and   Heather Wright who are setting out on the path we took so many years   ago. Finally our webmaster, Joan Griffith, whose work on the website   ensured that people worldwide were kept interested and informed.

Thank you one and all.

Many thanks are also due to George Mernagh of   Tattersalls who persuaded this world famous auctioneers to run with this new   concept, and to their team on the day.

Thank you from George Mernagh


Dispersal Sale

is Over, the sale went fantastically well, Thank You all for coming! Sold about 1/2 to UK, at least 3 to USA, more details later...after we catch our breath!

Thursday August 26 th Commencing at 4:00 pm


Suma Stud, Ashfield, Beauparc,

Navan, Co. Meath.

Tel: 046 9024161 or email            


Online Sale Catalogue now available. 

Sale starts promptly at 4:00 pm.

Please join us for the Sale

All welcome.

AUGUST 2004 continued...

NEWS from the RDS, VDL Arkansas jumped for Holland in the main arena in 4 classes, having been left in the UK after Hickstead where he placed twice.  After the first speed class when he was a bit rusty, he was super the next day, finishing 11th in a strong class. 

Archie in the 6 Bars at Dublin

The final fence which as you can see he only just touched behind, maybe because Wout Jan sat back and he dropped the hind legs.  Compare his position to the one below.



This is the second last round, this fence was at 1.98. Not bad for an 8 year old! Only 5 cleared this.

However on Friday he was only fantastic in a 6 bar competition, when he was one of only 5 left in at the final round when the last fence was 2.05 cm!  Only the experienced Belgian horse cleared this, with John Whitaker 2nd and Archie tied with his "nephew" Glenn (by his deceased half brother, Glennridge) to take third when they each had the last two down.  Archie only touched them but it was an exceptionally brave and skillful effort from him, at 8 yrs and extremely inexperienced at this level.  He had cleared 1.98m. We were thrilled and it just reinforces what we are selling when his youngstock come up on the 26th August. 

By the way, Glenn won a class on the final day, when sadly it rained and made the going very slippery.  Wout Jan was suffering for the last two days with a fever and was not on his own top form.

Also, for the third year in a row, the winning foal for non purebred IDs was by VDL Arkansas!  This time it was bred by Charlotte and Nigel Moore from their 3 y.o by Crosstown Dancer.


Other August News:  Countess Marcowiecz was 5th in the Mare of the Future class at the National Irish Draught Horse show at Thurles on the weekend and is NOT  sold as she is not on the market until the Sale!

VDL Arkansas jumped superbly & was placed twice at the CSIO 4* at Hickstead and is selected on the Dutch team for the RDS!  Quite an honour for an eight year old.  However, as he is still only young, if van der Schans thinks he is tired after Hickstead he may not compete with him. We will see...



JULY 2004

Firstly, VDL Arkansas is really flying high. He won the Grand Prix at Wierden for Juniors with 16 yr old Partick van der Schans as father, Wout Jan, was injured and could not compete that weekend. Patrick rode him for the first time in the Saturday class to finish 3rd and qualify for the Grand Prix. He then astounded everyone with the super fast round that he jumped to win by 2 seconds! However, this weekend, father Wout Jan is back in the saddle at Miese in Belgium and finished 5th in a good speed class the first day. Yesterday he went in his first adult Grand Prix and only had one down. Wout Jan aso won a class with VDL Hold Up Premier, the sire of one of the foals in our Sale on the 26th of August.

Another of our homebreds, by Ard Allez Cat out of Lucy in the Sky by Pride of Shaunlara won a good class for Neal Fearon in Neuendorf, Switzerland yesterday. Wildcat Clover King was reared at Suma and we sold her as a 3 year old to Brain Sugrue who still owns her. She is rocketing up the international rankings and like all Irish horses is still improving as she gets older.

Also winning at her first ever show was our 4 year old RID Countess Marciewicz by Huntingfield Rebel. At Bailieboro show she qualified for the Mare of the Future finals at the ID National Show, and was 2nd in the Open class for good measure. Although there are many enquiries (for her) we have made it clear that all the horses will now be kept for the sale and will not be sold beforehand.



Important notice: ALL Suma horses to be sold at the upcoming Auction 26th August, everyone will have a fair chance to purchase, so please no more enquiries about pre-sale bargains!



JUNE 2004

Letter from Marily and Susie

Dispersal sale on 26 th August 2004

See some photos

  Marily Power and Susan Lanigan-O’Keeffe of Suma Stud announced this week that, due to family circumstances, they are planning a complete dispersal sale of all their foals and youngstock and their younger broodmares.

  This is a very sad decision as we have built up a lovely herd of broodmares over the past 27 years as anyone who has visited Suma Stud will agree.   We started with the best of Irish Draught bloodlines and cross bred to both the

Thoroughbred and, recently, to top international warmbloods.

  We have at all times endeavoured to work within the I.S.H. system with both stallions and mares being presented for Approval and Quality premia.   Thus they are fully tested for soundness and ability. Our record in the showring is also well known with many Champions over the years.

  We have some fabulous foals and youngsters by VDL Arkansas just as his international career is taking off in Holland.    His most recent win was the Grand Prix at the Youngster Show at Wierden with the 16 yr old Patrick van der Schans.

  There are also some beautiful three to eight year old mares by such as Quick Star, Ahorn, Lux Z and some R.I.Ds too.   And foals by the exciting Baloubet du Rouet horse, Taloubet VDL and the champion Darco horse, Ard   VDL Douglas.


  The sale will be held at Suma Stud, conducted by Tattersalls on the evening of Thursday August 26 th .   We hope to have a barbecue and warmly invite everyone to come.


  With kind regards,

Yours sincerely

Marily Power and Susan Lanigan-O’Keeffe

Online Catalogue

The sale will be run by Tattersalls (Ire.) Auctioneers on

Thursday August 26 th Commencing at 4:00 pm


Suma Stud, Ashfield, Beauparc,

Navan, Co. Meath.

Tel: 046 9024161 or email            

The provisional catalogue will include approx. 50 lots viz.

See some photos

Broodmares in foal and/or with foal at foot.   Including a Quick Star/Voltaire, and Ahorn/Grannus/Argentinus, two R.I.Ds by Huntingfield Rebel, Horos U.S.A.xx etc.

Covering sires incl. Indoctro, Last News, Chellano Z, Taloubet VDL, Ard VDL Douglas

Foals by VDL Arkansas, Ard VDL Douglas, Hold Up Premier, Taloubet

Young horses aged 1 to 3 year olds by VDL Arkansas, Pessoa (by Animo), VDL Ricochet, Huntingfield Rebel, Corland

There may be some harness and saddlery.

Special conditions of sale include

The foal may be left with the mare for one month at purchasers risk at no cost of keep by arrangement with Suma Stud.  

There will be a minimum bid of €1,000 on all foals and €2,000 on all other stock and then most lots will be sold without reserve.

The horses will have V.S. certs. where appropriate and pregnancy Certs.

Viewing of all horses can be done the previous weekend between 2 and 6 pm.   The young horses may be loose jumped at 3. on Saturday and Sunday.   They may also be loose jumped prior to being auctioned. Full conditions of sale on application.

We have given all our stock the best of our time, love, expertise and plenty of monetary input. We hope that you, as a buyer, will do the same and that you will have great success with any purchase you make.






MAY 2004

VDL Ricochet has had his first proper placing in the 120s with Gabriel Slattery, finishing 4th against the clock...he jumped fantastically and it was the first time he was tried at speed!

Two more foals have arrived, out of Distant Music and It's an Ology, read more about them on our 2004 foals page.


APRIL 2004

VDL Ricochet is now with Gabriel Slattery in Claremorris an dgoing extremely well for him. VDL Arkansas won another class at Mierlo last weekend! he is really pleasing the VDL and Wout Jan van der Schans can't believe his jump!  More about both of these stallions soon...

2004 Foals arriving. Last year's colt foals now geldings.


MARCH 2004

A welcome arrival last night from Vixen's Frolic, a healthy daughter by the new jumping superstar ArdVDL Douglas. Her family tracing back to Royal Penny and Foxes Frolic could go to a clothes horse and would still get jumpers but in combination with Dougie it should be totally brilliant. At least we can still dream! Several other mares are due now and our foaling boxes are fully booked for the next month, we simply don't know which will come first, comparing dates to the look of them.  Two more are maidens, Silhouette and Quick and Easy, followed by Disco, another maiden Torite and then the old lady Surreale.  As always, we're listing our Foal pedigrees on our Horses for Sale page.

We have now got a super bay colt by Archie from  Quickie and a bay filly by him from Argentina.We have also seen Taloubets first foal and I will  attach a photo of him at 3 days with his mother. She is a top mare, Ginnetts Nadia who won at the   RDS under saddle and in hand many times from a foal onwards. He is a cracking colt, a real goer, with quality   and substance, and, more importantly to one horse owners like Nadia's, he is   very friendly.  PHOTOS Foals 2004




The winter has been quiet for us, Ricochet and Rob having a winter break and Taloubet just being hacked around with an occasional loose pop.  He has now gone to Andrew Lyons, with Rico and will be seen at the occasional show to get used to the atmosphere.  We are pleased with his physical development and having had a deeply buried wolf tooth removed he is altogether happier and easier in his ride.

His own brother, VDL Bordeaux has just been approved for the Zangersheide stud book with a great report. His father, Baloubet duRouet continues to dominate the World Cup circuit at the age of 14 winning the last two qualifiers to date. Arkansaswas fantastic at the International Stallion Show in Zwolle, having won the first class, he was 2 nd in the second qualifier and only a rub of a pole in the Final prevented him from winning overall.  As always, he impressed everyone with his brilliant technique. We have had countless enquiries for him but as we told everyone last year, that was his final season here.

RICOCHET missed his outing at NecarneStallion Parade as Andrew was abroad and Richard, our supersub, had three of his own to deal with.  But he (Rico) wowed the crowds with his movement and temperament at the new Parade at Port LaoiseEquestrian Centre and gave a super loose jumping exhibition.  Sadly his first foal this year smothered as we werentthere and the mare was a maiden who seemingly didntget up after delivering. She wasntbagged up much and was only barely on her time up and it happened at about 9 in the evening as we were preparing to watch her on camera that night.  An expensive lesson for us all again.



News flash...Feb 25th...For all his supporters, VDL Arkansas won the first qualifier for the Promising Stallion class in Zwolle International Stallion Show, a speed class against 47 others!

We have been busy updating our website getting ready for the Stud season to begin as well as the Foaling season. See our revised Stallion pages.  See also our revised Broodmare listing and stay tuned for our new arrivals of Foals 2004.

We also fixed our `broken´interactive, Dream Horse page, so please send us your dream horse desires and we'll try to fill the bill. If this page gives any trouble, please do let us know by email so that we can keep it working for your requests.



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