Eventing legend Michael Jung together with Ireland’s WEG silver medal winning riders Cathal Daniels, Sam Watson and former world number one Oliver Townend were among the many well-known buyers at a glittering renewal of the Goresbridge Go For Gold sale of event horses. Taking place in County Wexford on Tuesday, the flagship sale attracted customers from all corners of the globe and, offering a catalogue of sixty pre-selected horses, delivered an impressive 81% clearance rate as well as a notable average of €20,510.
The good prices were spread across the age groups, but it was a three-year-old by OBOS Quality (dam by Ghareeb) who finally topped the figures at €59,000. Consigned by Jason Higgins, the Michael Hutchinson bred gelding looking outstanding when showcasing prior to sale, and after quite a tussle was knocked down to British international rider Sam Ecroyd.
As the age group continued to impress, Pat Fenlon’s traditionally bred gelding FMSH Highway (by Pointilliste) caused a stir at €46,000 as did CS Stables’ gelding by Courage when realising a similarly notable €45,000.
The ridden horses were also much admired, with three outstanding individuals making €40,000 apiece. First up, Felicity Cousin’s five-year-old Boleybawn Freedom (by Dignified Van’t Zorgvliet) was snapped up by WEG hero Cathal Daniels, while a little later Italian rider Stella Benatti signed for Marian Tighe’s homebred filly by Sligo Candy Boy, and Canada’s Debbie Davies accounted for Jodie Skelton and Emma Hosey’s well produced gelding by Pappen Heimer.
Reflecting on what was an undoubtedly an outstanding sale, Goresbridge owner Martin Donohoe commented. “I’m delighted for all our vendors, and wish the buyers every success with their new purchases. It was a serious trade and goes to prove once again that we have the market for the right individual.”
Full results can be found on the Goresbridge Go For Gold website.
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