Buyer preferences differ in all age groups
Taking a closer look at the top-selling horses of the past two years, it is interesting to see the preferences demonstrated by buyers at the top end.
The pedigrees of the top 12pc of foals sold in 2009 were overwhelmingly showjumping oriented.
Just four of the 32 foals were sired by thoroughbred or Irish Sport Horse (ISH) stallions, while the rest were all sired by stallions of Continental origin.
Interestingly, the sires used were predominantly performance sires -- stallions which have proved themselves in the competition arenas and are producing performance stock.
It is more difficult to follow through with information on the dam lines.
However, the ISH sires were slightly more common last year. Seven of the foals sold for €3,000 or more were by ISH sires and one was by a thoroughbred. Once again, the overwhelming majority -- the remaining 40 foals -- were by Continental sires.
Some 16 of the dams of 2009 and last year's foals were by Cruising; nine were by Cavalier Royale; 19 were by various continental sires (excluding Cavalier); and 11 came from King of Diamond or Clover Hill lines.