'Go for Gold' continues to set high bar for eventers
With a top price of €47,000 and average price of €17,603, the Goresbridge Go for Gold event horse sale has proven that Ireland is still regarded as a mecca for event horses.
The Go for Gold sale was a masterclass in slick marketing that included a sustained information campaign to attract buyers and top class facilities at Barnadown for those who travelled over. However, it was the animals on offer that were the main attraction, and the Go for Gold selection panel of Sally Parkyn, Clare Ryan and Chris Ryan should be credited with selecting a top-class entry for the sale. Between them, these three have a phenomenal track record in selecting elite horses and clearly the buyers trusted their judgement.
Topping the sale at €47,000 was Lot 15, Red Curren, a five-year-old 165cm chestnut gelding by the Irish Draught sire Murphys Irish Diamond, out of the thoroughbred dam Galballygirl by Roselier.
Consigned by British-based Donal Barnwell, the Irish-bred horse had 76 British Eventing foundation points and had never been out of the top seven placings in all his outings. With a BE100 win on a dressage score of 24 and two placings under his belt, Red Curren has all the ability and scope to make it as a top four-star horse. The winning bid of €47,000 was made by bloodstock agents BBA Ireland.
Some 31 horses were sold on the day, with three horses withdrawn and 20 horses unsold.
The second highest price of the day was €32,000, paid for lot 19, MacCarrick, a five-year-old 168cm gelding by the Irish Sport Horse (ISH ) sire Carrick Diamond Lad, out of the ISH mare Ballymurphy Dolly, by Kiltealy Spring ISH. Owned by Maureen O'Toole, MacCarrick had 8 Show Jumping Ireland (SJI) points and has just started eventing. He was bought by Irish event rider and producer Michael Ryan.
Ryan bought four horses on the day, paying between €26,000 and €32,000 for his choices. He paid €26,000 for Ultimo, a four-year-old dark bay 166cm filly owned by Matt Gordon. By Welcome Flagmount (ID), out of Persian Jenny (ISH) by High Roller (ISH), the lightly hunted filly is currently show jumping up to 1.10m, and has been schooled in cross-country and hunter trialled.
Ryan also paid €26,000 for lot 33, Saunderscourt Skyfest, owned by Albert McDonald. The four-year-old 168cm grey gelding was by Harlequin Du Carel (SF) out of the ISH mare Lavally Breeze, herself by Sky Boy (TB).