As demand for proven sport horses continues apace, there was another lively trade at Cavan last week.

Running over two days, the renewal included small divisions of Irish draught and young sport horse stock, but it was the performance sector that really delivered the goods.

Buoyant from the start, the ponies set the ball rolling with the overall top price of €23,500 – one of 13, five-figure returns.

This in turn led to a performance clearance of 77%, which was accompanied by a very healthy average of €6,673. The concluding sale of Irish draughts and young sport horse stock did not emulate the same trade and closed with top prices of €5,750 and €3,100 respectively.

“We wondered if the troubles in the world may have had an impact, but we had two days of good clearances, together with strong averages,” commented Stuart Clarke. “The ponies were very lively again, and appear to be in high demand.”

Sale topper

Happy, but unsurprised would sum up Sean Hynes’s reaction after his homebred Agharanny Chloe Clover was knocked down for the sale’s top price of €23,500. Hynes had rated his seven-year-old 148cms jumping pony (with 9 SJI points) very highly, and after watching her put up a smart jumping display under producer Jennifer Torrens, he knew she would sell well.

Attractively bred by Boherdeal Clover out of a Connemara mare by Poetic Justice, she was secured on the telephone by Barry Davis from Cheshire.

Davis later revealed that he was buying the mare for his daughter Sienna, who will campaign her this season.

Other notables

Horses with plenty of competition mileage received the best returns, and among them was Vincent Meaney’s experienced jumping mare Hillside Grey Dawn. A daughter of Balou du Rouet, she had successfully campaigned classes up to and including 1.40m level, and changed hands for €20,500. With extra paddock value, she is a half-sister to the Oliver Townend CCI3* winning event mare Miss Cooley and was secured by British based rider Nicole Brennan.

Another useful performer was Diarmuid Ryan’s six-year-old event horse Tullabeg Buzz (Todd) by Tullabeg Fusion who realised €20,000. This smart dun, bred by stallion owner Nick Cousins, carried an impressive Eventing Ireland record when ridden by Sarah Ennis, but is now likely to head down the show jumping route with new owner Katrina Hurst. The Norfolk-based buyer, who is a regular at Irish auctions, produces for both the working hunter and jumping disciplines.

The final session of performance stock passed through the ring on Thursday morning. Several sold well, but selling for €15,500, none headed Peter McEneaney’s experienced jumping mare Shanalux K. The 11-year-old daughter of Lux Z (dam by VDL Douglas) had a career total of 164 SJI points, and will now by ridden by new owner Vidgh Rastogi from India.

Hunters with mileage also sold well, and topping these at €13,500 was Enda McKiernan’s 10-year-old Irish draught mare Creaghduff Maggie May.

Finnish buyer Kitka Suomio snapped up this one who, by Young Carrabawn out of Wild Grey by Merry Mate, had hunted for four seasons.

Four year olds

Trade steadied for the younger horse divisions, from which 19 four-year-olds changed hands, just one lot exceeded the €10,000 mark, and this honour at €10,600 fell to Ollie Ward’s well related Ardragh Patriot.

Daisy Duggan was at ringside to secure this homebred lot, who was by Ardragh Me O Moy (Aganix du Seigneur) out of Ardragh Duchess (Guidam).


Some exceptional prices were received for jumping ponies, and sale topper aside, Declan Hynes did well when his Connemara mare Oyster Catcher was knocked down at €14,250. Bred by Nichola Dylan, the seven-year-old by Derrymore Duncan was the winner of 115 SJI points to date, and was knocked down to Co Galway trader Tiernan Gray.

Youngstock and Irish draughts

Trade closed on Thursday with the sale of a small number of Irish draughts and young sport horse stock.

The former was best supported, to yield a joint top return of €5,750. Both sale toppers were consigned by Mary McCloskey, with the first being a homebred four-year-old gelding by Beechmore Silver Crest (dam by Ard Grandpa) and second was a five-year-old, by the same sire out of Aimee May (Westmeath Lad).

Demand was muted for the concluding sport young stock, as Tony Madden’s yearling colt by Lucky Luck out of Lady Millbrook (Vancouver) garnered the top price of €3,100.

Top lots

  • Sean Hynes’s Agharanny Chloe Clover, seven-year-old 148cm mare by Boherdeal Clover (dam by Poetic Justice) €23,500.
  • Vincent Meaney’s Hillside Grey Dawn, 12 year-old mare by Balou du Rouet (dam by Albinor) €20,500.
  • Diarmuid Ryan’s Todd, seven-year-old gelding by Tullabeg Fusion (dam by Tannerhofs Carmelito) €20,000.
  • Peter McEneaney’s Shanalux K, 11-year-old mare by Lux Z (dam by VDL Douglas) €15,500.
  • Declan Hynes’s Oyster Catcher, seven-year-old 148cm mare by Derrymore Duncan (dam by Drimcong Owen) €14,250.