The first foal of the year was named by local School children at the Irish National Stud earlier today.
‘Heritage Island’, born on the 19th January, is a steel grey filly to first-time mum Dreamaway, is by Verglas and has a perfectly formed love heart on her forehead. Local children from Scoil Bhride Naofa, Kildare town were there today to cheer on the mare as she picked her foal’s name based on which feed bucket she chose. The Irish National Stud launched a competition on Twitter for suggestions to name the foal.
The final five names were put forward for mum, Dreamway, to decide. Five feed buckets with the names were put out in a line; the first bucket the mare put her nose into was chosen as the winning name, so all being well the foal will go on to race with the name Heritage Island in a couple of years time and the local school children can watch her progress.
Sinead Hyland of the Irish National Stud said: “Spring is an exciting time of the year for the Irish National Stud. We open for the season to the public on Sunday, February 12th, and for the first time will have free pony rides. We also have some equine superstars in Moscow Flyer, Florida Pearl and Vintage Crop who are a great hit with people visiting the Stud. All the usual attractions here including the museum, the Japanese gardens, our cafe and the award winning St Fiachra’s Gardens will be open. The foal, now named ‘Heritage Island’ will be reared at the Irish National Stud and will be also on view to the public.”