Oct 19, 2023 · Patrick Hester

Edition 6 Sale Review 

94 of the 98 preselected and catalogued foals appeared at Glenamaddy Equestrian Centre in County Galway for the largest collection yet for Edition 6 of the Breeders Select Foal Sale Ireland Saturday 7th October.  The now widely known and recognised event organised under the umbrella of The Irish Horse Centre is a marketing initiative powered by the Mayo Roscommon Breeders Group.

Director/Public Relations Officer Patrick Hester explained that the strategy for the sale is simple: ‘Clear and transparent foal selection, international marketing and promotion and sustain a loyal customer base is now delivering for both the breeders return on investment and for the market in terms of the correct foal product for show-jumping and eventing’.  

In a discontent global market of economics, inflation and a challenging 2023 harvest affecting hay and straw availability throughout Ireland and Europe the market for quality foals, stayed consistent for Edition 6 with 58 lots sold under the hammer, rewarding the committed, goal-orientated and focused breeder at the Glenamaddy venue.  

Lot 34 Patrick Connollys athletic chestnut colt by Harley VDL  set the standard for ‘quality pays’ as the topped priced foal on the day purchased by Ballyward Equestrain for 13000 euro .  In line with the sales mandate to: ‘Develop a loyal national and international customer base’ Ballyward Equestrain consigned 6 lots in total on the day.

Other headliners saw the top priced filly on the day Lot 46  Tiaran Mc Granes Aganix Du Seigneur x Kannan sell for 12800 euro to The Carroll Brothers Ireland on behalf of a client. High performance fillies seemed in demand on the day with Lot 63 Niall Barrett selling his Zirocco Blue x Indoctro x Libero H for 10.800 euro to John Mc Mahon for his German based Irish International rider Eoin Mc Mahon.

Horse Sport Ireland Inaugural Event Foal Class

A new initiative by the group in collaboration with Horse Sport Ireland aimed to identify and reward breeders of potential eventing colts and fillies. Winner of the eventing colt class was the well campaigned Lot 67 the chestnut colt by Conticco x Voss x Quattro B bred by Des Mc Donnell. Winner of the eventing filly class with Lot 78 Anthony Gills Sligo Candy Boy x OBOS Quality x Classic Cliché. Both Mayo breeders were rewarded 1000 euro each for their breeding endeavours with the balance of the 3500 euro prize fund divided evenly among other competitors.

‘Sustain a loyal customer base’: Trade Horses accounted for eight other well bought foals on the day which further cements the trust that is developing within the sale and links within the supply chain with a strong contingent of graduates appearing at national select young horses sales is yet another reflection on the sales clear and transparent foal selection process.

UNSOLD LOTS are now available on the Irish Horse Centre Market Place: https://marketplace.ihc.auction/en/for-sale

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Aside from the relentless drive of the key founders: brothers Mark and Patrick Hester, Noel Kilroy and John Murphy it is without doubt the initiatives by the Mayo Roscommon Breeders Group are unachieveable without the support of the following individuals who work tirelessly on compiling the information for the catalogue, online platform and operations: Leo Larkin (Flatout Media Video Editing); Peter Van de Bulck at PWEB Solutions (Website); new team members Anna Bobel (PWEB platform/admin) and Ulla Connolly (Catalogue Commentary), Anna Suess @aennies_wild_photography; Chloe Hester (Social Media);  Sinéad Mallee (Graphic Design), Liz Murphy (Operations and Hospitality), and all the Team at Glenamaddy Equestrian Centre and Galway VEC.



Statististics Edition 6 2023:

Top Price 13000 euro

Average: 5362 euro

Clearance: 63 %



Statististics Edition 5 2022:

Top Price 12500 euro

Average: 5675 euro

Clearance: 68.5%

Turnover: Edition 4 (290.100euro) Edition 5 (346.170 euro)

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