Athlone Show Hall of Fame AWARDS 2010
IDHBA Recipient - Timmy Sullivan

  Timmy Sullivan
Timothy Sullivan recipient of the National Hall of Fame Awards and Brendan Smith T.D. Minister for Agriculture & Food
 

Timmy Sullivan, from The Warren, Abbeyleix, Co. Laois, is a life long supporter of the Irish Draught Breed. Timmy stood many influential Irish Draught sires during his days as a Stallion master. He stood Garvagh Boy, Silver Jasper, Holycross, Purple Heather and Milestone. One of the most popular of his former stallions is Hollycross who stands with Tim O’Regan in Mallow Co. Cork. His most noted progeny being the RDS champion sire Grosvenor Lad and the RDS champion mare Nancy Steel.

 
John O'Hara & Timmy Sullivan
ISA President, John O'Hara, and Timmy Sullivan

 

Timmy’s choice of Stallions reflects his great knowledge of the Irish Draught; as all of them went on to make very important contributions to the breed. Timmy is also a very accomplished breeder and a renowned international judge of Irish Draughts. He bred Warren Lass who won the Greenvale championship in Millstreet in 1982 and was the dam of the RID Stallion, Sillot Hill. Timmy bred two RID Stallions, Crannagh Hero and Merrymate, from his mare Silver Queen.

  Crannagh Her
Crannagh Hero RID

 

In recent years, Timmy has been most famous in Irish Draught circles as the breeder of Crannagh Hero who has become one of the most prolific Irish Draught sires of show winners and performance horses in the country. Crannagh Hero, who stands with Francis Healy in Birdhill, Co.Tipperary, has sired no less than four Roscommon All Ireland Irish Draught Yearling Champions. He is the sire of Kilountain Ginger, the 2008 RDS Champion Irish Draught mare, owned by Denis Dullea from Bandon in Co. Cork, and bred by 2009 Hall of Fame winner, Eddie Murphy from Charlestown Co. Mayo. His first Stallion son, The Swarty Hero, was approved as Class 1 Irish Draught in April 2010. Crannagh Hero’s show jumping progeny include the European Young Riders Championship Team horse, Killard Horizon, as well as Kilconnell Hero and Nenagh, both of whom are consistent winners in the UK and Europe.

  Laois Branch
Timmy with members of the Laois Branch
 

Timmy Sullivan is a staunch supporter of the Laois branch of the Irish Draught Horse Breeders Association. He is one of the founders of the branch and a former branch president. He has sourced mares for and given honest advice to many new breeders over the years. Timmy is a very reliable and highly respected Judge of Irish Draughts, both at home and abroad. He has been selfless of his time to shows as both a judge and a steward. All members of the Irish Draught Horse Breeders Association wish to thank Timmy for his outstanding contribution to the Irish Draught breed and congratulate him on his well-deserved award.