Registered Irish Draught Stallion Info

Steeped in Luck

2017 Breeding Season

Private Treaty - Frozen Semen

Approved Mares - Conformation Photos Required


Dark Bay, 16.3 hh, 10 inches of bone


Inspected and Approved: Horse Sport Ireland - Class 1 Irish Draught Stallion with Gold Merit and 1* Irish Sport Horse based on Perfomrance

Inspected and Approved:  Canadian Sport Horse Stallion (CSHA, Silver Premium)


Steeped in Luck debuted this season at the Grand Prix level in the highly competitive Wellington, Florida dressage circuit with a score of 67%. His rider/trainer Shannon Lee Dueck, a World Equestrian Games and Pan American Games athlete has stated: “He can piaffe, passage and pirouette unbelievably well, and jumps with fabulous form. And his temperament is just super”. Steeped in Luck has exemplary conformation with substance of bone and foot. His clean x-rays as a mature stallion competing at advanced levels in the sport of dressage allowed him to become Class 1 Gold Premium Irish Draught Stallion in the studbooks of Horse Sport Ireland. His competition successes have also earned a 1* rating by Horse Sport Ireland as an Irish sport horse.  Steeped in Luck's offspring have been selling well. They are both amateur friendly and competitive in the dressage and eventing disciplines. Our breeding philosophy is quality. Not quantity. 

Steeped in Luck was named to Dressage Canada's High Performance long list for training with his rider/trainer Tom Dvorak in 2012. Dvorak had the following comments about Steeped in Luck published in Horse Sport magazine, Canada's largest equine publication: 

"he really can give the warmbloods a run for their money.  It demonstrates that this breed is more than suitable for serious dressage competition and that the real potential to progress into the FEI advanced levels is there."  Dvorak also commented about his willingness to work, ability to be challenged and huge heart.   (Horse Sport Magazine, May 2010, "Steeped in Luck: The Unlikely Dressage Stallion" by Emily Yeomans). Update 2011 - Steeped in Luck has progressed to the FEI advanced levels!

"as a trainer there is much to admire about him: his temperament is amazing, his willingness to work and learn -exceptional, the capability to collect - it's dead easy for him. He has turned a lot heads this summer."  Tom Dvorak

Steeped in Luck was bred by James Lee imported from Ireland in 2002 as a weanling.  Steeped in Luck is by Mount Diamond Flag out of Steeple View.  His pedigree is rich in performance bloodlines including King of Diamonds and Pride of Shaunlara.  Laughton is found on both his dam and sire lines. 

Although Steeped in Luck's bloodlines are through and through jumper lines, he has consistently demonstrated his versatility showing against some of North America's finest dressage prospects in open competition in Ontario, Quebec and Florida (2008-2012). For two and a half show seasons, Steeped in Luck was ALWAYS in the ribbons.  This demonstrates his consistency, his trainability and most importantly - his mind.   

In addition to his atheltic performance, Steeped in Luck is true to breed standard.  In 2007, Steeped in Luck competed at the North American Irish Draught Annual Show in Chicago.  He was entered in 4 classes and won all 4 classes including the highly competitive in-hand stallion class. 

The stallion class win, in addition to the Canadian Sport Horse Inspector's comments (see below) speak to his sound conformation.


See the NEWS section for Steeped in Luck's competition results!


If you mare needs

  • a bigger sounder foot
  • more bone
  • and a trainable, ridable temperament

and you want to produce an athlete, or you simple want to breed a sound sane mount for the amateur - consider breeding to Steeped in Luck


Now, you may ask:  "Yeah, but can he jump?"

You Betcha!





Thank you to Dana Balfour and Jean Rablat ( for their professional services in training and presenting Steeped In Luck (RID) at the Irish Draught Inspections and the Canadian Sport Horse Inspections. 

The Canadian inspections concluded with the panel of judges providing a public commentary on the stallions that passed the inspections.  The following comments were made by the spokesman/inspector regarding Steeped in Luck:

  • upon announcing his name - "Steeped in Luck", the inspector said it was "not just his lucky day, I think this is a pretty nice horse" 
  • "lovely topline"
  • "very well balanced"..."three equal parts"
  • "this horse is very structurally sound, ...structurally very correct", "this horse travels absolutely straight"
  • "althletic"
  • jump - "very good with his forearm"
  • "lots of bone"..."lots of feet"



                                                       ----- King of Diamonds

                                 ----- Flagmont Diamond

                                                       ----- Gowran Betty

              ----- Mount Diamond Flag

                                                      ----- Lahinch

                                  ----- Drumanespil Lady

                                                      ----- Correen Chestnut

Steeped In Luck

                                           ----- Grey Macha

                               ----- Agherlow

                                           ----- Sligo Star

            ----- Steeple View

                                         ----- Ginger Dick

                           ----- Ginger Sheila

                                           ----- Deerpark Sheila

Steeped In Luck's Ancestors Thank you to Liz Freemen DVM for her bloodline contribution

Steeped in Luck is from the well-respected King of Diamonds AND Ginger Dick line.  Double the genetics for jumping!


Steeped In Luck's sire, Mount Diamond Flag is a son of Flagmount Diamond.  Flagmount Diamond sired the half bred Hopes are High who won the 1998 De Maurier Grand Prix at Spruce Meadows with Nick Skelton(BG), in addition to Grands Prix at Dublin and Dijon, and the Team bronze at the WEB the same year.  In 1999, Hopes are High won the King Geroge V Gold Cup at Hickstead and was ranked 15th by the WBFSH.  Flagmount Diamond also sired Grade A showing jumping stallion Diamond Chin,  who in turn sired Eezy, who won the US Jumping Derby at Del Mar and the Grand Prix of San Diego.  Flagmount Diamond was ranked in the top 50 sires of show jumpers in the world in 1998-1999 by WBFSH.  He is also sire to the grade A show jumping mare Lady Glen, who herself was dam to John Whitaker's Diamond Cliff who won the speed class at 's-Hertogenbosch CSI-A in 2000.  Flagmount Diamond is the sire of current RID stallions Crosstown Dancer and Mount Diamond Flag and the damsire to Class Vision, Supreme Ginger, the sire of the 2nd dam of the full brothers Sir Rivie and Ryde's Sea Quest.   Flagmount Diamond's progeny have collected an astounding 7,651 Showjumping Association of Ireland points. 


Flagmount Diamond was sired by King of Diamonds, a grade A showjumper himself.  He had close to 40 stallion sons and grandsons and great grandsons on the Irish Horse Register in 1995.  King of Diamonds was ranked 21st in the World Breeding Rankings for the period 1992-2001.  Famous show jumping progeny include Rodrigo Pessoa's Special Envoy, John Ledingham's Millstreet Ruby, and Joe Fargis' Mill  Pearl.


Lahinch is from the Laughton line which is known for producing good sensible jumpers with particularily good limbs.  Ginger Dick is also from the Laughton line.  Ginger Dick sired numberous Grade A and international show jumping in Ireland.  Ginger is the sire or damsire of the following horses:  Rodrigo Pessoa's international show jumping mount Flash la Silla, who went on to compete for Mexico at the Olympics; international showjumpers Out of Touch(IRL), Windgate Illusion(ITA), Capelo IV(GB), and Sea Wolf(NOR), grade A showjumpers Class Vision and Sire Rivie, RID stallions Rhyd's Sea Quest and Supreme Ginger, Irish Nations Cup horses Gelvin Clover and Ginger Watt, and international eventers Hey Du(SUI) and Proud Ginger(GB)

With his superb temperament and conformation, Steeped In Luck is ideally suited to breed uncomplicated mounts that are sound and athletic – offspring with huge market potential!

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