Oct 1, 2023

Edition 6 The Breeders Select Foal Sale Ireland

‘The best foal sale for the breeder by the breeder’

‘Edition 6 is locked and loaded to deliver for the breeder & the international foal market’


The Irish Horse Centre powered by the Mayo Roscommon Breeders Group will host Edition 6 of The Breeders Select Foal Sale Ireland which is now a well-established flagship foal sale ran by the group for the first time in 2018.

PRO Patrick Hester states: ‘Edition 6 is locked and loaded to deliver for the breeders of Ireland and the international equestrian marketplace with 98 preselected showjumping and event bred foals from 252 inspected foals from right across Ireland.’

Edition 6: The Breeders Select Foal Sale Ireland 2023

Foal will be presented by vendors next Saturday 7th October at Glenamaddy Equestrian Centre Co. Galway with viewing of foals from 09.00 am with the sale commencing at 10am sharp. All foals are now available for viewing online via The Irish Horse Centre’s  auction platform (www.ihc.auction)  designed by the Belgium based PWEB Solutions it will also accommodate live bidding where the group aims to attract the International market via a world wide social media campaign and promote contract rearing and transport services to the Global market.

The 2023 foal selection committee which included William Green, Diarmuid Killen, Peter Leonard, Susan Mc Donald and Dean Rogan  are in full agreement with Irelands former Chef D’Equip Peter Leonards comments: :

'Its staggering to see the positive change in the quality, performance and production of foals since the foal sale began. This is a reflection of the strategic approach MRBG & The Irish Horse Centre have taken to create a clear and transparent foal selection process implemented to meet the demands of the market and the sport. The foal sale has really educated the breeders eye and the group have successfully changed the status quo in the selection and promotion of foals in Ireland. Everything this group touches turns to gold!’


The foal sire line up is a rich array of both well-established national, continental and up and coming young stallions in the sport and breeding. The sale features some stunning lots that have market appeal to owners and producers of event and showjumping horses in the UK, Europe and America.

Edition 6 has them all featuring globally successful performance sires including world renowned sires Aganix Du Seigneur Z, Zirocco Blue, Tangelo de Zuuthoeve, Conthargos, SEIC Livello and Vivant to name just a few. The collection also boasts a strong contingent of foals for eventing with solid eventing sires such as Master Imp, Cruising, Puissance and Cavalier Royale appearing in a high percentage of dam line pedigrees which also some CCI4* Performers.


HSI & MRBG aiming to promote commercial event foal breeding.

Due to market demands and group enquiries from event horse  producers whom are finding it increasingly challenging to find quality 3 & 4 year old young horses, have approached the group in recent years to source potential event horses at the foal stage.

In typical MRBG style it proposed to Horse Sport Ireland early this year via HSI Breeding Grants Initiatives to allocate 3500 euro in funding for breeders of event bred foals present at Edition 6. Yet again, another initiative by the group which aims to guide and reward the breeder for their breeding endeavours while meeting demands of the market.  Collaboration has also been made by the Group via The Irish Horse Board who have funded the printing of the catalogue for Edition 6.

Stand Out Individuals


Lot 45 a bay colt by Gibeon xx from the Golden Master x OBOS Quality dam has all the blood and solid granddam eventing performance to meet the demands of the event horse producers market.

Lot 56 a by colt by the popular commercial event sire Cormint with Cavalier Royale in the dam line could end up being dual purpose with a strong jumping performance in the 2nd and 3rd dam line with Mullentine Loughgall competed to 1.50m level with Captain Michael Kelly and Clarkes Ferro in the 3rd dam competing to 1.60m with Dag Kigsrod of Norway.

Lot 61 a bay colt by the thoroughbred sire Pointiliste from the Puissance, Cruising dam line ticks all the boxes for the event horse produces with both an eventing sire dam line and CCI4* performers via ARKLOW Puisance with UK event rider Oliver Townend and Claragh Mountain with Ireland Michael Ryan on board.

Lot 66 is an elegant grey colt (picture) stamped by its well regarded SIEC Livello from a Cassino dam is half brother to Heathermore Cooley by Cruising Encore who was sold as a 3yo at the  IHC  online auction in 2020 and is currently being campaigned by  Daisy Minter UK eventer.



Lot 57 bay colt has a profillic sire and dam sire line for jumping by  Chacoon Blue x Darco x Concorde from an evoling dam line.

Lot 63 represents all the great sires of continental breeding this grey filly by  Zirocco Blue out of Bright Eys R&D by Indoctro back to Libero H may be appealing to breeders aiming for a commercial dam line for the future.

‘Turn Key Service’

For a number of years the group have offered contract rearing opportunities to national and international buyers and as the young horses have mature with age so to has the demand for a training and production service with the first young horses being trained under saddle for clients in 2022. For more information benefits of Ireland ideal climate and pastures for optimum growth and development in young horses. For more information and testimonials  on contract rearing and young horse production interested parties are invited to contact the team and visit the website. www.ihc.auction/rearing

Edition 6 ‘Official Launch’

The group invite the industry to come along and attend the official opening of Edition 6 which will be officially opened by governmental, farming and equine farming representative bodies. Opening ceremony commences approx. 3pm on Saturday at the foal sale.

For any enquiries please contact the national and international sales team members, via the website and follow the Irish Horse Centre on Facebook and Instagram.


National Sales Team:

Noel Kilroy:  +353(0)87 2528473

Mark Hester:  +353(0)86 3572200

John Murphy: +353 (0) 87 4183382


International and Scandinavian Team:

Stall Patrick Hester

(Norway): +47 96 911705

(Ireland): +353(0) 86 0838056

Web: www.ihc.auction

E.mail: info@ihc.com

Follow us on Instagram: irishhorsecentre Facebook: Mayo Roscommon Breeders Group

Dates and Start Times:

Edition 6 The Breeders Select Foal Sale Ireland

Saturday 7th October 2023

Viewing from: 09.00 am

Sale Starts: 10.00 am

Official Opening Ceremony

3pm Saturday 7th October at Glenamaddy Equestrain Ctr


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