Dougie Douglas bound for US after €1.4m sale
"My confidence has been restored in the sport horse industry here," commented Barry O'Connor on purchasing the Irish-bred show jumper Dougie Douglas at the Goresbridge Supreme Sale of Showjumpers in Gorey, Co Wexford last week.
The 10-year-old gelding by Ard VDL Douglas was secured for a record-breaking €1.4m on behalf of an American client.
"For a while I thought we really had lost our way, but after seeing the quality of horses at the sale, especially Dougie Douglas, it has restored my faith.
"However, I still believe breeders can do more by breeding the right animal. The demand for top horses is there, breeders just need to be educated on what is needed," he said.
Bidding for the former British Nations Cup horse kicked off at €400,000 but O'Connor only made his move when it reached €1m, eventually securing it at €1.4m. "The horse is well-known and his performance record spoke for itself. My client had watched the videos and went on my advice to make the purchase. He is as good a mover as I have ever seen," added O'Connor.
Englishman Michael Drea went to €250,000 for the second highest-priced lot of the night, the seven-year-old gelding Dekato.
He also paid €80,000 for the 11-year-old gelding Javas Wild Child. Both will be ridden by his daughter Jessica.
Of the 34 lots offered, 21 were sold, and this included the embryo of Cornet Obolensky/Ard Ginger Pop, also secured by Barry O'Connor for €50,000.