Greetings from Tully Cross Farm! Located in Westminster, Maryland, our mission is to produce high-quality Irish Draughts and Irish Sport Horses for eventing, jumping, hunting, and dressage, with an emphasis on conformation, temperament, bone, and athleticism. We offer a wide array of services, including both field and stall board, foaling out services, training, and stud services. With a breeding program built upon Class I bloodlines coupled with superior performance records, your next champion is waiting for you!
A Legacy of Success
Many notable names within the Irish Draught and Irish Sport Horse breeds have graced the stalls here at Tully Cross. It's the Luck of the Irish Class I RID,
Pride of Gloster RID, Abbeyleix Brian Boro RID, Cappah Lass RID, Joyfull RID, and Bridon Lady Luck RID are only a few of them. With only two months of training at the time It's the Luck of the Irish RID
brought home the red ribbon at the 2005 Irish Draught Horse Society of North America National Show in the high jump competition, clearing 4'3'' with ease. Bridon Lady Luck RID is a
two-time IDHSNA National Champion Mare and the 2006 Supreme Champion mare at the Irish Draught Breed Show, placing first in the 4 Year and Older Mares, and winning Best
Purebred Mare and Best In Hand. One of our foundation mares, Joyfull RID, won the 1997 All Ireland Championship Foal and the 1998 Reserve All Ireland Championship Yearling title.
The photo above is from the 2012 Upperville Colt & Horse Show, where our homebreds Tully Cross Brianne Selles (shown) and Tully Cross Discrete finished first and second, respectively, in the Purebred Irish Draught In Hand!
We currently have several horses for sale sired by our late Class I stallion, It's the Luck of the Irish RID. 'Lucky' foals are noted for their calm, kind temperament and superior athletic ability. Several of these Lucky foals are from crosses that have proven to be very successful in the hunt field as well as the show ring. Remember, to get blues, go Irish!
About the Irish Draught
Upon the turn of the 20th century, the Irish farmer was in need of a more versatile horse; one that could plow the fields, carry him in the hunt field on Saturday, yet be stylish enough to take the family to
church on Sunday. From this need, the Irish Draught was born. Noted for their good minds, solid bone, and quality, these horses bond well to beginners of any age, but also older riders who are returning
to riding after years out of the saddle, or who are starting riding late in life.
Perhaps the Irish Draught's most notable contribution to the world of equestrian sport is the introduction of the Irish Sport Horse. Irish Draughts cross exceptionally well with lighter breeds, especially Thoroughbreds, to produce mounts that are known for their good minds, durability, and power. Irish Sport Horses successfully compete at the highest levels of equestrian sport in a variety of disciplines.