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 sales of thoroughbred bloodstock, sport horse foals and brood mares.
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.
Despite the challenging restrictions of Covid 19, 2020 turned out to be another outstanding year for Goresbridge. As distance selling came into its own, both buyers and sellers put their trust in the Goresbridge team and the resulting returns illustrated an increased confidence in the market. 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 year. Although the sport horse calendar was severely disrupted in 2020, the undisputed star of the season was the show jumper Castlefield Vegas. Sourced from Goresbridge at a bargain price of just €2100. Castlefield Vegas (1.60m) represented Ireland in Nations Cups, as well as winning a raft of top classes in Florida. Ridden initially by Jason Foley, and later by Bertram Allen, Castlefield Vegas is recognised as one of the biggest winners on the circuit.
Although there was no Badminton or Blenheim showcases this year, Goresbridge still boasts the current title holders in Vanir Kamira (Piggy French) and Brookfield Innocent (Piggy French) as graduates. Other international event winners in 2020 include the Go For Gold graduates – Kilcandra Ocean Mist (Michael Jung) who won the CCI3* in Pratoni, Ballindenisk CCI3* victor RCA Patron Saint (Lucy Latta) and Ballindenisk CCI1* Intro winner Ardeo Castleconner (Harriet Dinnis).
A further batch of event horses, show jumpers and show horses exceeded at the very top of their sport. (See graduates page for further successes) and notably when three graduates featured in the top ten at one of the toughest Burghley competitions in recent years.