Having celebrated its half century in 2018, the family run Goresbridge Horse Sales in Co Kilkenny continues to hold its place as Ireland’s biggest and most successful sport and leisure horse auction. Ideally situated in the heart of Ireland’s horse breeding country, the purpose-built complex stages seven performance sales throughout the year, among which is the flagship six-day fixture in September. This must attend sale usually offers in excess of a thousand horses from the age of three and is the largest of its genre in Europe.
Further dates include the prestigious Go For Gold Sale of select event horses in November, as well as the new Select Sale Of Show Jumpers And Event Horses which is held at the Goresbridge Sales Complex in October. In addition to the above, the bench mark October Broodmare, Foal, Yearling and Breeding Stock Sale is a meeting place for all breeders and pin hookers and usually runs over 3 days.
As always Martin and Mary Frances Donohoe, their family and staff will assure you of a warm welcome, a professional service and will be happy to assist you in any way.
On the back of a record trading year in 2021, it was rewarding for all to see the buoyancy maintained in 2022. Demand was solid throughout the year and encouragingly encompassed the entire spectrum of horses on offer and included every age group. The increased confidence in the online bidding platform added to the momentum, as once again remote buyers proved to be a very influential force. As a result, both breeders and producers were well rewarded, while we welcomed an ever-increasing number of customers from all corners of the globe.
Not everyone is looking for a superstar, but for those who are – our world class graduates enjoyed another great season. Both the event horses and the show jumpers flew the flag in style, with Vanir Kamira and Piggy March adding the prestigious Burghley CCI5* title to their Badminton victory of 2019. Vanir Kamira is now one of only a handful of horses to have racked up in excess of 2000 points on the British eventing tables, while from the same stable, another Goresbridge graduate to excel is the reigning European individual silver medallist Brookfield Innocent.
Heading the list of jumpers the Nations Cup jumper Castlefield Vegas is successfully competing at CSIO5* level with new rider Sergio Nieto Del Rio, while in a major coup for Goresbridge, no less six graduates lined up for the world young horse event championships in Le Lion d‘Angers, and a further two took part in the show jumping equivalent at Lanaken .
Among those standing out in 2022 are: