Famed Irish Sport Horse Stallion Cruising died earlier this month at the age of 29 at Hartwell Stud in Ireland’s County Kildare.
Cruising was an international showjumper who was ridden by Trevor Coyle during his long showjumping career. Cruising was a consistent performer, winning Grand Prix classes at Aachen in 1999, Dortmund in 1998, Lucerne in 1998, San Marino in 1996, Wolfsburg in 1996 and the World Cup qualifiers at Millstreet and Geneva 1998. He was also a prolific team horse, winning Nations Cups in Dublin (1997), Rotterdam (1996), Calgary, Dublin, Aachen (all 1995) and Modena (1994).
Bred by Bord Na Gcapall, the Irish Horse Board, Cruising was by the Irish Draught stallion Sea Crest, a Grade A showjumper. Cruising’s dam, Mullacrew (ISH), was an international showjumper by the thoroughbred Nordlys.
The grey Irish Sport Horse stallion was considered one of the world’s most significant sires of the 21st century, and was for many years the predominant choice for many international breeders.
He died on September 7.
Cruising sired champion progeny who achieved some of the highest accolades in elite equestrian sport. He is the only stallion in Ireland to have a 5* rating for his own showjumping performance and the performance of his offspring in both eventing and show jumping.
Cruising’s impact on the international circuit will be felt for many years to come with progeny such as Flexible (USEF horse of the Year 2012), Mr Medicott (USEA Horse of the Year 2012), and Mr Cruise Control (who topped the British Eventing rankings for 2013) still in competition.
In a statement announcing his passing, the McCann family and Hartwell Stud said Cruising would be remembered by his many fans around the world and by the legacy he has left through his progeny.
“Cruising was an amazing character and was fit and well up to his final day. He passed away peacefully in the stable he was born in and is buried at Hartwell Stud.”