Enticing buyers to Ireland for future eventing superstars
With four Irish Sport Horses in the eventing top ten at this summer's Olympic Games, it is no wonder that international event horse buyers look to Ireland for their potential future superstars.
Last year, the Goresbridge Go for Gold sale proved that buyers from all over Europe and the United States were keen to get their hands on Irish-bred youngsters.
With a top price of €47,000 and average price of €17,603, the sale proved that breeders could be rewarded for producing athletic, good-looking youngstock with proven eventing pedigrees.
Since then, graduates from the 2011 sale have made a notable impact on the international event scene.
Six-year-old Copper Beach, ridden by Buck Davidson, won the CCI one-star at Bromont earlier this summer.
The 168cm gelding by Radolin (KWPN) out of a mare with no breeding recorded had racked up 80 foundation points in England prior to being entered in the 2011 sale by owner Donal Barnwell.
The chestnut had never been out of the top ten from all his outings and was sold for €28,000 on the day.
Meanwhile, Oliver Townend rode the Ramiro B gelding Cooley SRS to second place in the Burghley Young Event Horse championship and Redinagh Ramiro won a qualifier for the British five-year-old championship at Osberton, England.