Prescott Farm is owned and operated by Karen McDonie Garrett and Pat Garrett. Since its establishment in 1886 by Pat’s great-grandfather, O.M. Prescott, Prescott Farm has remained in the family. Pat’s grandmother, Evelyn Harriet Prescott Garrett, was born on the farm. Pat acquired the Farm in the early ’70s and painstakingly restored the original log and chink farmhouse, the “HomePlace”. The HomePlace now serves as a guesthouse for visitors who are always welcome! Visit Prescott Farm and share in the Irish warmth and Texas-size hospitality!
The Prescott’s fell in love with Irish horses on riding vacations in Ireland; they rode them cross-country jumping, stadium jumping and trail riding. Their athleticism, intelligence, lovely dispositions and easy gaits convinced the Prescott’s that the Irish horse was the horses they wanted to own and introduce to others.
The Prescott Farm is located in a rural area near Anderson, Texas. It is also near Texas A&M University with its world-class equine veterinary and reproductive services.
The Irish Horse
The Irish Draught is often described as a descendent of Norman, Spanish Andalusian and possibly Arab bloodlines. Whatever its origins, in Ireland the horse developed into a unique breed. Originally sought by the armies of Europe for military use, the horse became the all purpose horse of the Irish countryside. While the Irish horse plowed the fields and pulled wagons, it was not truly a draft horse. It took the farmer and his family to church and market and was regularly ridden. Of significant importance, it had to be able to take the owner on foxhunts in the fall. The horse had to be docile, strong and economical to keep. Its traditional winter feed was young gorse bushes chopped up, boiled turnips and grains that could be spared from the cows.
The Irish Department of Agriculture started the studbook for the Irish Draught in the early 1900s. The first inspectors were very careful to exclude “cart horses” with heavy draft blood, like the Clydesdale and Percheron, but Thoroughbred blood was allowed. The studbook started with 51 stallions and 375 mares. Today the studbook is maintained by Irish Horse Board and subsidiary breed societies outside of Ireland, including the Irish Draught Horse Society of North America. With only a few thousand purebreds throughout the world, the Irish Draught remains a rare breed.
While retaining the calm responsive nature required on the family farm, the Irish Draught has proven itself a superb athlete. Their elastic gait combined with strong limbs make them excellent candidates for a broad range of equine sports. Whether as a purebred or crossed with the Thoroughbred to create the Irish Sporthorse, the Irish horse excels at fox hunting, eventing, show jumping, dressage, driving, trail riding or any other equine athletic discipline. Their athletic ability makes them wonderful horses for competitive riders, and their sanity and gentle dispositions make them suitable for a beginner. The Thoroughbred blood in the Irish Sporthorse adds speed and refinement to the Irish Draught’s stamina and strength. Yet, the Irish Sporthorse maintains the calm cooperative nature often lacking in other breeds that aspire to be world class competitors in equine athletic events.