With an unbelievable heavy heart I have to report the death of our wonderful stallion, Liam, Bridon Beale Street. We are all so heartbroken. He touched so many lives. . . he gave us some amazing babies! There may be a very limited amount of frozen semen available. You will need to contact Shirley Kahlert for information about the semen: 209-628-1313.
At 17 hands tall, Bridon Beale Street, "Liam," represents the best qualities of the next generation of RID stallions. Liam is the number ONE Irish Draught Eventing stallion in the United States! BRIDON BEALE STREET "Liam" is the only Registered Irish Draught (R.I.D.) stallion (listed by IDHSNA) in California.
His sleek and supple conformation, great temperament, and unbelievably powerful jumping ability makes him an ideal sire for Irish Sport Horses. Liam is a graceful and sweet horse, easy to be around, and his offspring are following in his footsteps. They have been a joy to work with - they have his same great temperament. Liam's offspring have qualified for Championships at the Future Event Horse classes held on the west coast from the beginning of the FEH program. Liam's offspring consistently earn top placings at the Championships in the two and three year old classes. Liam's offspring have held the tradition of winning the last several years by ALL qualifying for Championships, with scores in the high 70's and 80's!
Liam is by Mountain Pearl, a famous sire of event and jumping horses, who has been asked to come back to Ireland to stand because they desire his bloodlines. Liam is the perfect outcross to King of Diamonds or Clover Hill mares, and will cross with thoroughbred, warmblood and grade mares beautifully to make Irish Sport Horses (see below for Liam's Dressage and Eventing accomplishments.)
By Autumn 2012 (when Liam changed carrers from Eventing to dressage), he had completed 29 events (through Intermediate) with never a cross-country refusal! In fact, Liam qualified for championships each year, and in every division through Preliminary. After a training session at Twin Rivers, where Liam jumped Intermediate and Advanced fences, Brian Sabo (then president of USEA) stated: "This stallion is quite the fellow. If you are breeding and looking for substance, intelligence, bravery with focus and an incredible jump he would be on my list of candidates."
Liam's Eventing Career:
2007 -- Liam starts Eventing and in his first two events he comes in first and second, and qualifies this year in THREE different levels for championships.
2008 -- Liam qualifies for training championships again for 2008, ends up in third place overall in the Championships.
2009 -- By fall 2009, Liam had run 20 events without a cross country jump penalty, and finished the year at the Galway Training Three Day Event.
2010 -- Liam moves up to Preliminary and gets a second at Open Preliminary at his first outing - Woodside Horse Trials.
2011 - Liam is qualified for his first One Star, and enters Galway. An unfortunate accident to his rider (while on another mount) prevents him from starting the cross country phase. He competes and finishes the Preliminary Challenge at Woodside Horse Park, May 2011, with no Cross country faults.
2012 - Liam competes at Open Intermediate after most of the season at Preliminary with Joe McKinley, placing well. ELEVEN of Liam's foals qualify for Championships in Future Event Horse Classes for 2012. Six of Liam's offspring compete in the FEH Championships - ALL place in overall class championships, with wins in Yearling Filly, Yearling Colt, and Two Year Old Filly classes. Our yearling filly, McKinsey, captured RESERVE CHAMPIONSHIP overall for 2012!
Liams Dressage Career:
2013 - Liam changes careers and starts his new life as a dressage horse. He competes at the Irish Draught Annual show near Reno, NV and wins Get of Sire as well as winning his class with an impressive 73% at second level.
2014 - Liam is competing at 4th level and Prix St. Georges dressage.
2015 - Liam continues his "teaching career" by giving lessons at the farm, trail riding and a few dressage outings.
2016 - Liam earns his "Gold Merit" in dressage by achieving 4 qualifying scores at 3rd level through Prix St. Georges. This honor is given by Horse Sport Ireland.
2017 - 2018 - Liam continued to watch his babies grow and compete, while giving lessons to fortunate students who learn about upper level dressage movements; and he enjoyed his trail rides and occasionally some small jumps.