In less than three weeks’ time, the annual Goresbridge Go For Gold sale of event horses will take place in Co Wexford, Ireland. Running over November 13–15, 2017, and with the sale on the final night, this fixture has become a must attend for event riders and owners, both amateur and professional. This year, Ireland’s leading select event horse sale is offering 80 of the very best young horses, carefully chosen on pedigree, performance and potential.
Previous graduates of the sale include the superb Cooley Rorke’s Drift (Jonty Evans), who finished ninth individually at last summer’s Rio Olympics, and Cooley SRS who was pathfinder for the British event team at the European championships at Strzegom earlier this year.
One familiar name to the American eventing fraternity is the exciting Copper Beach, who under Buck Davidson, followed his CCI3* win at Rebecca Farm last season, with two further CIC3* victories, most recently at Plantation Field International last month. In the two-star ranks, Fernhill Full Throttle (runner up at Plantation Field International and Richland Park) continues to impress, as does the young Buccaneer (Joe Meyer) who won the CIC* at Poplar Park, and SBT Barolo (Robin Walker) who was third in the national CCI* championships a few weeks ago.
The team at Goresbridge was also both proud and delighted to note that both the USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) East and West Coast 5-year-old Championships were headed by Go For Gold graduates Summerbridge Parc and Exclusively Cooley, while the prestigious five-year-old championship at Burghley UK, went the way of 2016 graduate Poynstown Stonehaven.
The content of this year’s catalogue is mouth-watering, and among the stand-out entrants is Gurtera Mattie Clover, a full brother to the British international winner Annie Clover. His video footage makes for exciting viewing, as does that of Match My Class, who is among the best six-year-olds in the country.
The sale also features a wealth of super four-year-olds, as well around 35 potentially top-class three-year-old prospects.
To see the Go For Gold catalogue, full video footage and for further information about the sale, visit www.goresbridgegoforgold.com.
About the Goresbridge Go For Gold sale
The sale takes place at Barnadown, Gorey, Co Wexford and at Amber Springs Hotel, Gorey, Co Wexford – an hour south of Dublin. Lots 1-45 will be shown on the flat and over show jumps at Barnadown from 2pm on Monday, 13th November, while the same horses will be shown over the cross-country fences at Barnadown from 11.00am on Tuesday, 14th November. Also on Tuesday at 2pm the three-year-olds (lots 46 – 81) will be paraded in hand at Barnadown, while from 11.0am the following morning, the same lots (three-year-olds) will be lunged or loose jumped..
The auction and gala dinner takes place on the evening of Wednesday, 15th November at Amber Springs Hotel.
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