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Wednesday 25 April 2018

Enticing buyers to Ireland for future eventing superstars

Caitriona Murphy

Caitriona Murphy

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.

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ANTICIPATION

The 2012 sale, which will take place at Barnadown equstrian centre and the Amber Springs Hotel, Co Wexford, on November 12-14, is hotly anticipated by potential buyers.

The Go for Gold website, which includes video clips of each horse entered in the sale, received more than 40,000 page impressions in less than four days last week.

The entry of 75 pre-selected horses will, for the first time, include 20 three-year-old horses. Each horse entered in the sale was inspected by a panel of judges -- Sally Parkyn, Clare Ryan and Chris Ryan -- who are acknowledged worldwide as the finders and producers of some of eventing's most successful horses.

Horse Sport Ireland has provided verified pedigree information on each horse, as well as a new sire index, which is available in the online version of the catalogue.

Buyers from abroad will also be eligible for Horse Sport Ireland's inward buyer programme subject to the terms and conditions.

Welcoming the publication of the 2012 sales catalogue, Horse Sport Ireland chairman Joe Walsh said: "This sale was excellent last year and I have no doubt it will be an even greater success again this year.

"Four Irish Sport Horses finishing in the top ten at the Olympics is clear evidence that Ireland is still the place to come to buy top eventers and this sale showcases some of the very best young horses."

Here, we take a look at a selection of horses that will be going through the ring next month.

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