Massive Tipperary farm sold after marathon auction
IRISH Olympic show jumper and Tipperary native Greg Broderick is the new owner of Fortwilliam House and its 217ac estate at Borrisoleigh, Co Tipperary.
The show jumping champion was the only bidder on the entire property when it came to auction last week as he fought off nine bidders bidding on seven lots. He paid €2.2m for the house with a range of dated farm buildings and 217ac of good Tipperary ground.
Mr Broderick, who has competed on the national and international show jumping scene since his teens came to international prominence on MHS Going Global.
In 2014 he was crowned Showjumping Ireland National Champion while MHS Going Global took the Leading Horse Title that year.
In 2015 his clear round as part of the Irish Aga Khan team was instrumental in Ireland’s capturing the coveted Aga Khan Trophy. In 2016 on MHS Going Global he represented Ireland at the Rio Olympics.
The horse was recently bought by Greek heiress Athina Onassis Roussel, daughter of Christina Onassis and granddaughter of the famous Aristotle, second husband to Jackie Kennedy. Ms Onassis is reputed to have paid in the region of €12m for the gelding.
Mr Broderick had a small share in the MHS Going Global with the main owner Lee Kruger of Canadian based Caledonia Stables.
It is believed the new property at Fortwilliam forms part of a major expansion of Mr Broderick’s business which also includes a new stable block, offices and viewing areas at his current stables at nearby Ballypatrick. Work on this has already begun. The farm is currently home to some 65 horses in training, several of which are owned by young American riders training at Ballypatrick and living in the locality.