Bred in the purple, Horos has so much "black Type" in his pedigree that his racing record must have been a great disappointment to his breeder, A.B. Hancock. He was a half brother to top racehorse Hawain Sound, leading N.H. sire Accordian, the St. Leger runner up Sonus, plus his own sister, Rapids, who was Group placed. However, their loss was our gain as he was such a beautiful horse for the Sport Horse Industry.
A gorgeous head, huge length of rein and front legs to die for, he stood over a lot of ground and was a fantastic mover. Not your average T.B. underarm daisycutter this lad could have excelled in dressage. He was marked very highly by Swedish Judge Bo Helander who gave him a 10 for Riding Type when he made him Champion Thoroughbred Stallion at the RDS Dublin.
Horos had raced for four seasons, staying completely sound but only winning one race. He then stood for a year in Scotland before we bought him and as an 8 year old he covered his first Irish mares, which included some lovely ones like the dam of Pirate Lion, Regent Lion being the result. For Bruce Davidson he was a most successful 3 Day Eventer, and subsequent successes in that field came with The Night Hawk, Gorgeous Idea, Robertino, Kiri and many others. His showjumpers included Woodpark, a top speed horse for Conor Swail, Suma's Sky's Ablaze, A Dance in Time, Distant Rose, etc. His show winners were myriad and went from foals to Ridden Champions like The Godfather, Peter Esquire, Suma's Magnum, Silent Partner, Hidden Treasure and so on.
His stock were very late developers. Although he was a sweet and gentle horse himself, who would do anything to oblige (including Susie carrying in a new born lamb while riding him!) some of his stock were very volatile and needed sensitive handling. He is making a brilliant brood mare sire bringing in super quality and scope. He died suddenly aged 23, having successfully covered a mare the day before. We loved him.