Sultanate of Oman signs a deal to buy Irish mares
Three Irish-bred mares are currently settling into their new surroundings at the Creo Equestrian Centre in Oman, having been sourced through the Irish Horse Gateway.
Established by Horse Sport Ireland in 2013 to connect the world to the Irish horse, the Irish Horse Gateway is fast becoming the chosen first point of contact for many people seeking information on sourcing Irish horses and ponies from a list of registered sellers.
It includes a website listing horses and ponies for sale, with direct 'hands on assistance' to overseas buyers coming to Ireland.
It does not charge fees or commission to either the buyer or seller in facilitating the contract.
Horse Sport Ireland regularly receives requests from prospective buyers abroad about purchasing an Irish horse or pony.
In such circumstances it has directed buyers towards public auctions in Ireland such as those at Goresbridge and Cavan. However, it does not suit some purchasers to buy at an auction.
Khalil Salim Al Obaidani, from the Sultante of Oman, first contacted the Irish Horse Gateway looking to source three Irish horses (mares) suitable as 'all-rounders' for use at the Creo Equestrian Centre.
Both he and trainer Said Ali Salim Al Hashimi then travelled to Ireland to see a selection of horses. On arrival, they were accompanied to various yards by a representative from the Irish Horse Gateway, who also assisted them with their accommodation requirements, and pre-vetting.
After some careful consideration they chose Larry Costello's Goodwins Malteaser, a seven-year-old by Metropole; Chris Ronan's seven-year-old Meadowstream Maggie May, and Margaret McCabe's Lady, an eight-year-old by Gale Bust.
The Irish Horse Gateway structured the contract for the sale of the horses on behalf of the sellers and the purchaser.
The representative then also assisted them with the paperwork for quarantine, transportation and insurance.
The Irish company Equine International Shipping shipped the horses to Oman on behalf of the purchaser, with quarantine through Holland.
"The Irish Horse Gateway is delighted that it could help the Omani clients source their requirements in Ireland," commented Mark Bolger of Horse Sport Ireland.
"Khalil was very satisfied with his experience of sourcing the horses through the Irish Horse Gateway as the assistance he got had made it easy for him to do business in a confident manner in Ireland. We assisted the three sellers in arranging the sale of the horses in one transaction. This made it easier and efficient for all concerned.
"It is great that Khalil intends to source more horses this way and he expects to return to Ireland to source Connemara ponies and Irish Draughts.
"On behalf of the Irish Horse Gateway we wish the clients well with their new Irish horses and we look forward to their return visit in December."
The Middle East region is an emerging market for Irish horses. Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney TD, visited the region last October, and part of that trade mission was the promotion of Irish horses and to develop equine business relations with Ireland.
For more information on the Irish Horse Gateway see www.irishhorsegateway.ie or telephone 086-4110016.
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