Goresbridge & Monart November Sale Summaries

  • 18 November 2016, 14:30

November was a busy month for buyers and sellers alike as three elite public auctions took place in County Wexford. The first of which was the Monart event horse sale taking place on the 8th and 9th of November in Enniscorthy, followed by the Goresbridge Supreme Sale of Show Jumpers and Go For Gold event horse sale running from the 14th to the 16th in Gorey.



Goresbridge Go For Gold Sale

The excitement was not over yet in the Amber Springs hotel as the following evening was set to host the Go For Gold sale of select event horses. The opening lot was Claire Abbott’s Olympic mount Euro Prince (ISH) who reached a bid of €140,000, which was less than his owners Cormac and John McKay were willing to settle for and did not sell. However, with a clearance rate of 77% this year’s Go For Gold sale broke all previous records with a total revenue exceeding €1 million.

The next lot up for grabs was seven year old Loughnavatta Cedar (ISH) who represented Ireland at the World Breeding Eventing Championships for Young Horses in Le Lion d’Angers this year with Camilla Spiers. Rafael Sanctuary of River Lodge Eventing put in the highest bid of €70,000, going on to buy another three 4 year old horses throughout the night spending another €89,000 between them.


Selling afterwards was lot 2A, 6 year old Cornascriebe Glenpatrick (ISH) who also competed in Le Lion d’Angers and finished 11th when he jumped a double clear, just picking up time faults. Buyers were impressed by the Womanizer gelding and topped the sale at a whopping €160,000, smashing previous record price of €85,000 in 2015 with the sale of Goresehill Pearl. Ellie Guy was not to be outbid and claimed Cornascriebe Glenpatrick at the fall of the hammer. She makes her way back to England today with him and 4 year old Rehy MBF (ISH) in tow.


The first of the three year old horses on offer was the progeny of Gem Twist’s clone Gemini (TB). Badminton and Burghley 2009 winner Oliver Townend bought the young horse for €31,000.

The highest selling three year old was MBF Take Two who is by Olympic Lux (KWPN), one of the top 70 ranked eventing stallions in the WBFSH, priced at €32,000. Bred by Mary Quirke, Co. Tipperary, the gelding was purchased by Kraig Joseph.

The overall average sale price at this year’s Go For Gold sale was €20,985. Five year old horses and older reached an average price of €35,727 and three year old horses €15,239.

The full list of results from the Go For Gold Sale can be found HERE.










Goresbridge Supreme Sale of Showjumpers

Barnadown Showjumping and the Amber Springs hotel in Gorey, Co. Wexford was alight with equestrian activity from Monday 14th to Wednesday 16th of November. Goresbridge Supreme Sale of Show Jumpers and Go For Gold event horse sales attracted buyers and sellers from all over the globe this year for what has proven to be some of the best sales in Ireland. Viewings of the horses available for sale took place over the three days while the gala dinners and auctions ensued on the Tuesday and Wednesday nights.


Goresbridge Supreme Sale Of Show Jumpers

The Supreme Sale of Show Jumpers kicked off the duo of Goresbridge auctions on Tuesday 15th of November with a revenue total in excess of €1.3 million. The first horse to sell was the Grand-Prix gelding Mise Le Meas, a nine year old Irish Sport horse. Canadian owner Lee Kruger put in the highest bid of €80,000 to walk away with him.

Up directly after was Nickoletta E (OS) (pictured below), a nine year old mare by Nintender (KWPN) who realised the top price of €460,000. Her price was reflected in her performance, having been regularly placed in CSI4* & CSI5* shows across Europe. The mare was snapped up by riders Neal Fearon and Michael Kearns.


World Champion 6 year old Killossery Kaiden (ISH) went under the hammer later that evening, reaching a price tag of €270,000 with the highest bidder, USEF Show Jumping Hall of Fame Rider Adrienne Dixon. Adrienne also went on to buy Greg Broderick and Billy Twomey’s 4 year old gelding, J’Adore Flamenco at €130,000.

Molly Tracy paid the top dollar for two quality three year old horses, I’m Special LVS Z and CSF Sir George at €64,000 and €42,000 respectively.

The average sale price for ridden horses came to €160,000 and a median value of €100,000 while the three year old horses held an average of €30,571.


Some unique lots went under the hammer at the end of the night. One of which was Oldtown Isle, a five month old colt by Emerald (BWP) out of Oldtown Katie (ISH) bred by Martin and Paschal Coffey. Sold to Greg Broderick to the tune of €25,000, the proceeds went the Gavin Glynn foundation which assists families with children suffering from cancer to be able to travel abroad to receive treatment.

Two embryos were also on offer, one by Cornet Obolensky (BWP) out of Abby Van Overis Z (ZANG) sold for €23,000 to English bidder Sean Cubit and another also by Cornet Obolensky (BWP) out of Gowran Park (ISH) went for €14,500 to David Cullen.


The full list of results from the Supreme Sale of Show Jumpers can be found HERE.


The Monart Sale

The Monart Sale published 91 lots in their catalogue ranging from 3 year olds to 6 year olds, all pre-selected by a panel of 4* Championship Event riders, Bill Levett (AUS), Polly Jackson Griffin (GB) & Niall Griffin (IRL), and vetted by a select panel of vets headed by Marcus Swail (former Irish Olympic Team vet).  Horses were showcased and trialed over both days with the auction taking place in the Monart Hotel on Wednesday afternoon.


The progeny of sires such as Shannondale Sarco (BWP), Newmarket Venture (HANN), Waveney (TB), OBOS Quality (OLD) were on offer as well as those of Irish Sport Horses including Loughehoe Guy (ISH), Puissance (ISH), Royal Concorde (ISH) & Kings Master (ISH).


The sale topper was lot 14 – Shannondale Mari (ISH) (pictured below), a 3yo bay mare by Shannondale Sarco (BWP) out of Shannondale Maria (ISH), by Lux Z (HANN). Sold for €35,000 consigned by Martin Walsh of Shannondale Stud. The mare was bought by Australian rider Ryan Woods and made her way to his base in Pennsylvania (USA).



This years’ graduates will be travelling as far afield as America, Canada, Germany, Finland and Italy to embark on what is hoped to be very successful futures at the top of their sport. Niall Griffin is delighted with the results, ‘’to be able to nearly double the number of horses entered into this year’s sale and to sustain such a high clearance rate, quality and sale price is very promising especially in this time of economic uncertainty due to Brexit and the American Election. One of the most exciting aspects for me was the sale of some of our 3 year olds into America for the first time. I really hope that all of our buyers enjoy their new purchases, and I wish them all the luck in the future. I’m looking forward to seeing them again next year.’’

The overall average sale price was €10,211.

  • The average sale price for 6yo horses was €11,667
  • The average sale price for 5yo horses was €11,250
  • The average sale price for 4yo horses was €10,636
  • The average sale price for 3yo horses was €9,881

A full list of the sales prices can be found by clicking HERE.

Photo credit of above ‘NF’ images – Erin Gilmore of NoelleFloyd.com

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