• MBF Sporthorses Ltd and Jason Higgins’ MBF Point and Go, four-year-old gelding by Pointilliste (dam by Grange Bouncer) €30,000.
  • Vincent Meaney’s Balladeer Clintender, six-year-old gelding by KAH Clintender (dam by Cut The Mustard) €30,000.
  • Conlan Dillon’s Kief Bionic Man, five-year-old gelding by OBOS Quality (dam by Pik Labionics) €26,000.
  • Cathal Meaney’s four-year-old gelding by Luidam (dam by Coevers Diamond Boy) €17,000.
  • Michael Brennan’s MHS Chicago, five-year-old gelding by Vigo d’Arsouilles (dam by Mr Blue) €16,000.
  • Two potential event horses took the top honours at a vibrant Goresbridge last week, where at €30,000 apiece they headed a strong two day renewal. Much to the delight of all connections, the final count revealed that no less than 33 horses had realised in excess of €10,000 – which in turn contributed to a very healthy turnover of nearly €1.5 million.

    The overall clearance closed at 79% together with an average of €7,635. This average hiked to an unprecedented €8,900 in the four-year-old sector, as well as to €8,359 in the older stock.

    After the sale, Martin and Mary Frances Donohoe of Goresbridge praised the endeavours made by vendors to up their presentation game, and also their efforts in pre-sales marketing: “They have really risen to the challenge of creating videos and images that purchasers find so invaluable.”


    Passing through the sale ring late on Wednesday afternoon, the first of the sale toppers was Vincent Meaney’s six-year-old by the Clinton-sired KAH Clintender out of Lanarkshire Lady by thoroughbred Cut The Mustard.

    The Co Clare producer had sourced the gelding as a three-year-old and while he had sold him in the meantime, he bought him back again this spring. With Olive Clarke in the saddle, the big brown gelding impressed when jumping prior to sale and after a spirited tussle was eventually knocked down to the Monmouthshire’s Andrew Williams (GHF Equestrian) at €30,000.

    Joint sale topper Lot 223 €30,000

    Williams, together with rider Vicky Tuffs are a major force in British event production circles and have bought this smart sort to compete and sell on.

    Receiving the same figure on Thursday was the four-year-old MBF Point and Go. The gelding had been pinhooked through the same sale ring last year, and then produced by his vendors Jason Higgins, Meabh and Brian Flynn of MBF Sporthorses Ltd.

    Former British Olympic event rider Mary King became the lucky owner of this good type, having travelled to try him the previous week. Bred by Tom Clancy, the son of Pointilliste was out of TC Silver Bouncer by the Irish Draught Grange Bouncer.


    The demand was strong for horses of all types, and while the competition horses fared the best, there were plenty of strong returns for hunters and for cobs. Sixteen lots attained the €10,000 mark, and notable among them was Colm Dillon’s five-year-old gelding Kief Bionic Man by OBOS Quality out of Promise Me (Pik Labionics).

    At €26,000, Sallins based event horse owner Dick Murphy signed the docket for the one, revealing later that he will be sent to rider Ian Cassells.

    Five figure prices came thick and fast, and while some vendors held out unsuccessfully for the big return, the vast majority opted to sell. One who did hold out effectively to pick up €16,000 was local breeder Michael Brennan.

    His homebred offering was the well related MHS Chicago (by Vigo d’Arsouilles) who hails from the maternal family of MHS Attraction and a host of other top jumpers. Jessie Sheffield accounted for this gelding, while Hampshire’s Julian Mincher was successful for Noel Ryan’s Billy, a good looking five-year-old by Cruise Ballyvillane.

    The latter, who was well ridden on the day by Gemma Phelan, is a half-brother to Phelan’s former Lanaken partner Quality Villane.

    Leading the figures for the hunters was Jimmy O’Donovan’s well hunted Shanagan Hill by Cappa Casanova who was secured by Jim Derwin at €12,500


    This age group was the strongest of the two days trading, with figures illustrating that 85% changed hands at an average of €8,900. Sale topper aside, next in line at €17,000 was Cathal Meaney’s well related homebred by Luidam out of Norway Maid by Coevers Diamond Boy.

    A half-brother to the grand prix and junior European team jumper Norway Venture (1.40m) and to the American based four-star event horse Penhill Celtic, this lot was secured online by mid-Wales event rider and producer Marcus Reid.

    Bred to jump but likely to go eventing, Gerard Burke’s well-bred filly by Vittorio changed hands for €15,000. Bred by Eamon McCardle from Drumhowan Stud out of Miss Baloubet (Balou du Rouet) she was another to be knocked down to Hampshire event owner Julian Mincher.

    A further thirteen lots made in excess of €10,000 and notable among the buyers was American show jumper Rich Fellars and also the Reading-based Irish Horse Imports who snapped up a weighty thirteen lots.


    Although prices for the three-year-olds were modest in comparison, there was nevertheless a lively enough trade illustrated by an 80% clearance. Just one of the age group realised €10,000 and this fell to Declan McGarry’s Carrow Cornet, a homebred filly by Glynwood Cornet out of Carrow Kannan (Kannan). One of the few to go show jumping, this filly looked well bought by Fermoy rider Emma Walsh.


    Thirty-two ponies came forward to kick off the proceedings on Wednesday morning.

    Of these, 75% found new homes with the clear leader at €15,000 being Janet Burke’s good-looking Gooseberry Hill Gallahad. Homebred by a thoroughbred sire Vita Ventura, out of an unrecorded mare, the six-year-old gelding was knocked down to British based trader Penny Grimster.