Harkaway Lionhawk Class 1 Irish Draught Stallion
Bred by Maggi Tyler in the USA, Harkaway Lionhawk is from some of the best traditional and performance bloodlines in the Irish Draught breed. A maternal grandson of Roma Blue Wind, Hawk is the only Class 1 stallion descended from this renowned mare standing in Ireland. Well known for her own prowess in the show ring, Roma Blue Wind's female family has produced winning mares and performance horses including Shannondale Duchess (eventer CNC2*), Millhollow Classic (eventer CNC2*), and Ballinrobe Blue (showjumper 1m30).
Harkaway Lionhawk is linebred to the great Irish Draught sire Legaun Prince through Legaun Prince's sons Skippy (Hawk's sire's damsire) and Rakish Paddy (Hawk's damsire). Skippy was paternal grandsire to Headley Britannia (international eventer CCI4*), Henry Tankerville (international eventer CCI4*), Avebury (international eventer CCI4*), Tristar II (eventer CNC3*), Hop N Skip (international eventer CCI4*), and Skip On (international eventer CCI4*). Rakish Paddy, an international Grade A showjumper himself (1m35), was the sire of Zarzoo (international eventer CCI4*), Deards Rebel Yell (eventer CNC3*), My Irish Paddy (showjumper 1m40), Ballycoog Paddy Blue (showjumper 1m30), Bartlestown (showjumper 1m30), and Claggan Roxy Music (international dressage horse CDI2*).
Originally inspected as a three year old in 2004 under the old scoring system, Harkaway Lionhawk received overall marks of 274 out of a possible 300 (including 48 out of 50 for athleticism and 20 out of 20 for temperament), with the following written comment from Irish Draught inspectors Jim Buckley and Fintan Flannelly: "Outstanding". The inspectors compared Hawk to his great great grandsire Blue Peter, commenting that Hawk's smaller size and traditional stamp are reminiscent of top stallions from their youth.
Harkaway Lionhawk had a successful breed show career, winning the Cotter Cup (Purebred Youngstock Champion), as well as Best North American Bred Horse, the Snowford Challenge Plate (Champion Purebred Irish Draught in Hand), and Overall Reserve Supreme Champion at the 2004 IDHS National Show in America as a three year old. Five years later as a mature stallion, he repeated as 2009 Snowford Challenge Plate winner and Overall Reserve Supreme Champion.
As a sire, Harkaway Lionhawk reliably transmits movement, quality, amateur friendly temperament, and excellent hoof structure. He is a proven choice for the taller, stronger Irish Draught mare who would benefit from an injection of quality and athleticism. His near total outcross pedigree also makes him a good option for purebred breeders concerned about genetic diversity. Hawk is an ideal choice for breeding small hunters, cobs, and riding horses for the show ring. In the sport horse sector, his backbreeding and family certainly support him as a potential sire of event horses. One of his colts in the US has already been purchased as an upper level prospect by a 4-star event rider.
Although Harkaway Lionhawk had limited opportunities for competition in the US, what competing he did was with American grand prix rider and former US Nation's Cup team member Aaron Vale. We are looking forward to having him back out showjumping this summer.