About Us

Welcome to Irish Sport Horse Sales – Ireland’s online Horse Market, dealing in Hunters, Showjumpers, Eventers and Ponies.

oliverzaraIrish Sport Horse Sales is a family business in Flowerhill Equestrian Center in Co. Galway run by Oliver Walsh.The Walsh family came from a little farm from near Loughrea in Co. Galway. My grandfather John Walsh use to go from farm to farm with a horse threshing  machine threshing corn for the local people. In 1929, after years of hard work, he could finally afford to buy Flowerhill estate with 250 acres where my grandfather and my father set up a dairy farm and began to breed horses. Today, many years later, I (Oliver) am still continuing the success of their horse breeding business in Flowerhill. And, as seen in the picture, my daughter Zara is looking like she will continue on, too…

It is widely accepted that Ireland has one of the most perfect conditions for breeding horses unmatched elsewhere in the world. At Flowerhill we buy all of our horses from local farmers who breed in the surrounding area. We school them with those horses that we have bred ourselves.

The expansion of our business into public sport horse sales was a direct response to the many requests from visitors who came to our equestrian center in Flowerhill in East Galway and who wanted to buy our sport horses from us.

The horses that we provide in Flowerhill Equestrian center are well schooled and highly experienced in various disciplines, like cross country, show jumping, hunting, trekking and eventing. The horses are being well cared for and ridden consistently throughout the year by our staff.

Since the beginning of our business Flowerhill has grown to be Irelands most popular venue for sport horse sales. We attribute our success directly to satisfied customers who return and tell their friends about us. Please click here  to view our stock of sport horses or come and visit us in Flowerhill  to get to know and ride your favourite horses in our arena and beautiful cross country course and stay for a holiday at your pleasure.

Some of the groups with which Oliver is associated are:
Association of Irish Riding Establishments A.I.R.E.
Association of Irish Riding Clubs A.I.R.C.
Irish Horse Board
Show jumping Association of Ireland S.J.A.I.
Western Region of Horse Trials Association
Ireland West Tourism
Integrated Rural Development Portumna
Field Sports Ireland Association
Safety Statement with Universal Safety Associates.

Oliver sets his standards high and his list of achievements are many. To name but a few,
Present Huntsman of the Co. Roscommon Foxhounds
Present committee member of Portumna and District Tourism Company
Past vice-Chairman of Co. Galway Macra na Feirme
Organising and hosting 2 all Ireland pony club cross country championships at Flowerhill.
Organising and hosting several triathlon competitions for Irish Field and Country Sports Association.
Hosting one day horse trial events at Flowerhill (IHTS)
Organising and hosting hunter trials at Flowerhill cross country course.
Organising numerous cross country charity fund raising events in East Galway
Concept, organising and hosting of Ireland only ever midnight hunt on a full moon at Flowerhill for 44 horses. Televised by RTE and extensive UK media coverage.

In todays world we must be well equipped to deal with all facets of the life we choose to live and with this in mind Oliver educated himself and received
Certificate in horse business planning and marketing (Teagasc)
Certificate in Farm Management
Certificate in Equestrian Instruction.