The Goresbridge Go For Gold Sale of pre-selected event horses has been the success story of recent years. Now heading into its fifteenth renewal the sale has truly achieved its aim of bringing together Ireland’s best young event horses to one venue for one sale.
Staged in November at Barnadown and the Amber Springs Hotel in Co Wexford, the sale offers around 60-90 proven and potential event horses from the age of three, all of whom have been carefully selected by a highly experienced panel of producers and international riders.
Always affordable, the 2023 returns delivered a range of prices, among which was the year’s top auction price of €87,000. The night’s average closed at €23,000, while the stand out four-year-old sector produced the best clearance as well as an average of €32,214.
Both the Americans and the British were prolific customers, and among the top event riders to secure lots in 2023 were Ireland’s recent five-star winning hero Austin O’Connor, the world ranked number one Oliver Townend, and British internationals, Emily King, Sam Ecroyd and Max Warburton.
All horses catalogued undergo an approved five stage vetting conducted by specialist equine Veterinary Surgeons within 48 hours prior to the sale, and all will be sold with a set of digital X-rays taken by members of the Goresbridge Veterinary Panel. These will be available for Veterinary Surgeons to inspect prior to sale and viewings will also be available on site with Veterinary Surgeon Hugh Suffern MVB MRCVS, Irish Team Vet for 13 years including 3 Olympic Games, 3 World and 6 European Championships.
The consistency of our graduates is testament to the calibre of horse that are selected for our sale. As you can see below the results speak for themselves. The sale is still in it’s infancy, with the first sale held in just 2010, our Go For Gold Select Event Horse Sale Graduates are making their presence felt worldwide.