In honor of Father's Day... a trip to the Irish National Stud!
Just a few days ago, we were driving down a tiny country road here in Ireland, when we suddenly came upon all kinds of traffic. We were mystified until we came around a bend: the town was hosting horse races. Clearly people were headed to the track from miles around in a steady stream of cars and trailers. Ireland has a long history of horse racing, and with racing comes the big business of breeding. So, my visit to the Irish National Stud seemed particularly appropriate.
With more than a century of history, the Irish National Stud is now charged with preserving Ireland’s legacy of fine thoroughbreds, which, of course, involves a lot of horse sex. Now, let’s be clear here: this is a breeding facility. And in thoroughbred horse racing, artificial insemination is illegal. In fact, when a stallion “covers” a mare at the Irish National Stud, it is observed by a wide range of people, documented, and photographed – all in, what our charming guide called “the honeymoon suite.”
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