Cerulean Blue Merlin, Purebred ID Colt
2023 Irish Draught Horse Stallion Prospect
Cerulean Nightingale C1 ID/Roma Blue Hawk 2x Hornby Premium/Bridon Belfrey, RID
Manu Forti Blue Clover C1 ID/Touch of the Blues
Should mature to 16.2
About Cerulean Blue Merlin
Nightingale's first purebred Irish Draught colt is a true stallion prospect. He is supremely bred top and bottom, but we believe his movement will be highly rewarded in competition. Merlin has very uphill, fluid, cadenced and ride-all-day gaits. A highly versatile prospect with equal aptitude for dressage, jumping, eventing, foxhunting and many other disciplines.
Merlin's pedigree combines the best of the Irish Draught. His dam, Cerulean Nightingale, is highly regarded internationally for her traditional type, movement, jump and temperament. She earned Class 1 at her IDHSNA inspections with a rare score of 83 for temperament as she stood motionless when, without warning, the entire jump chute collapsed 2 feet from where she was standing. Nightingale is a brave Foxhunter often leading the hunt when terrain gets precarious.
Nightingale is out of the world-renown, Roma Blue Hawk, RID 2x Hornby Premium by Bridon Belfrey, RID IDHSNA Champion and many-time champion producer in Dressage, Eventing, Show Jumping, Vaulting, Endurance and Huntsman horses. Through her dam side, Nightingale's pedigree offers rare outcross lines of the most influential broodmare sire, Blue Henry, RID. Her grand dam is the greatest mare in Irish Draught history, Roma Blue Wind, RID, 5x Hornby Premium, National Irish Horse Premier mare and undefeated Supreme Show Champion in 2 countries. Blue Wind’s Dam, Kiltowra Glee, RID, is also a Hornby Premium Mare from the very rare bloodline of Windgap Hero. Nightingale's grand sire on her dam's side was multiple Royal Dublin Society winner, Rakish Paddy, RID who was also one of only 2 RID Grade A International Show Jumpers at the time.
Nightingale's sire, Bridon Belfrey, RID has the other Grade A International Show Jumper, Flagmount King, RID in his pedigree. Bridon Belfrey, RID comes from very strong distinguished jumping lines of Laughton, Tara, Skippy, Atlantic Boy, Rusheen Hero and infamous, King of Diamonds. Belfrey’s dam, Flagmount Belle, RID, won numerous IDHS(NA) championships and earned the prestigious title of Irish Draught Champion of North America. Her flawless conformation destined all of her foals to win IDHS(NA) Champion or Reserve Champion Foal. Belfrey's grand dam is the all-time greatest producing dam of Approved RID stallion sons in Irish Draught history, Gowran Betty, RID. Gowran Betty, RID paired with one of the most notable jumping sires, King of Diamonds, made headlines with 7 Approved Registered Irish Draught stallions.
Merlin is sired by IDHSNA Approved Class 1 Black Stallion, Manu Forti Blue Clover. Blue Clover's sire is the world-famous total outcross, Touch of the Blues. Touch of the Blues needs no introduction. Touch of the Blues earned Grade 1 after his NASTA performance test while in England. He then went onto a very successful eventing career at Intermediate Level.
This well-bred colt has exceptionally balanced conformation, very correct limbs and fantastic hind leg and shoulder angles. Merlin has smooth lines, yet is well-muscled and light on his feet. He is very intelligent and has a gentle disposition. Should mature to 16.2+ hands.
Ultimate versatility prospect...dressage, jumping, eventing, foxhunting, vaulting, endurance, trail, driving. All of our foals are well-socialized and have the best veterinarian and expert performance farrier care. Great attention devoted to proper nutrition, vitamins and especially minerals to ensure optimal health and proper growth. Price includes IDHSNA registration. $16,500.