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 Goresbridge Go For Gold

The Select Event Horse Sale

Martin and Mary Frances Donohoe, together with the Goresbridge team, have been delighted with the positive feedback from previous event horse sales, and are looking forward to presenting this year’s catalogue.

Go For Gold Select Event Horse Sale Team Martin and Mary Frances Donohoe, together with the Goresbridge team, have been delighted with the positive feedback from previous event horse sales, and are looking forward to presenting this year’s catalogue.

As in 2018, potential candidates for the Go For Gold Select Event Horse Sale will be assessed by an internationally experienced panel of judges at strategic venues around the country. “We are delighted to welcome Chris Ryan, Clare Ryan and Sally Parkyn back on board again.”  Said Martin Donohoe. “All three, together with our varied guest selectors, have bought and sold some of the world’s most successful event horses in recent years.

The success of the sale would not have been possible without the top-class facilities made available to us at both Barnadown and the Amber Springs Hotel. Maurice Cousins and the team at Barnadown pulled out all the stops to provide a perfect showcase venue, while the Amber Springs Hotel competently coped with even larger numbers than they could have imagined.”



To see our previous form and how our graduates have been performing so far, please check out our Graduates Page.  After all the proof of the pudding is in the eating and our results certainly speak for themselves!



Sally Parkyn

  • Sally Parkyn, together with her husband Shaun, has bought and sold numerous international Irish bred event horses over the past thirty years – the vast majority sourced and produced as four-year olds, Included among them are the 2018 British team WEG gold medalist Arctic Soul, the world’s top Irish bred event horse campaigner Cambalda (2015), the Olympic bronze medalist and CCI4* winner Tankerstown and the dual Olympian Lorgaine. Now based in Co Kilkenny, she is also an equestrian journalist and young event horse judge.
Horses Produced and Sold:

Arctic Soul – Placed third and Badminton 2016.  He was short listed for the Rio Olympic Games, was a member of the British squad at the European championships 2015, and listed as a reserve for the British Eventing Team for World Equestrian Games 2014.

Stonedge – Represented Great Britain In the Nations Cup Event at Ballindenisk 2014. Winner CCI*** at Strzegom 2014.

Tankers Town – Winner Luhmuhlen CCI**** 2010. Team bronze medalist Hong Kong 2008.

Cambalda – Winner Galway Downs CCI*** 2010. Leading Irish bred event horse on the WBFSH rankings in 2015, and ranked number one event horse in the USA 2010.

Lorgaine – Dual Olympian, Represented Ireland in Athens and Hong Kong.

Comanche – British squad Europeans 2005.Three top ten Badminton finishes and seven completions.

Watts Burn – Represented Great Britain in the Nations Cup Event at Strzegom, Poland 2014.

Willunga – Winner of CCI2* Millstreet 2016.




Clare Ryan

  • Clare Ryan is an event horse agent and well-known judge. In this capacity, she is recognised as an astute spotter of talent and featuring among her many finds are Bay My Hero, Fernhill Highlight, Kilroden Abbott, Ringwood Magister and My Boy Bobby.
Horses Sold:

Bay My Hero/William Fox-Pitt won Rolex CCI**** 2014 and Tattersalls CCI 3* 2012

Kilroden Abbott/Peter Barry 4th Fair Hill 3* 2010. Canadian team WEG 2014

Ringwood Magistar/Tiana Coudry represented U.S.A. at the Olympics 2012

Master Crusoe/Aoife Clark 6th represented Ireland at the Olympics 2012

Happy Talk/Bruce Davidson won Rolex Kentucky 3*1995

Longfield Dougal/Coleen Roache won Bromont2*2007

My Boy Bobby/Buck Davidson 3rd Rolex Kentucky 4* 2009

Fernhill Highlight/William Fox-Pitt 4th Lion d’Angers2* 2010

Cavaldi/Kristin Schmolze 3rd Fair Hill 3* 2010




Chris Ryan

  • Well known huntsman, farmer, and horse producer Chris Ryan has been successfully producing young event horses since 1990, together with his wife Sue. Graduates from the Scarteen yard in Co. Limerick are now competing world-wide and include the Olympic silver medalist McKinlaigh, Bru Maguire, McCloud and the young rider medallist Its Just Taffy.
Horses Produced:

McKinlaigh – Olympic Silver Medal (Ind.) 2008 Beijing, Team Gold, Ind. Bronze – Pan American Games 2007, USA Horse of the Year 2008

Brumaguire – Rolex Kentucky CCI4*

Enniskerry Imp – Competed succesfully at Advanced level

McCloud – Rolex Kentucky CCI4*

Its Just Tuffy (Bronze medallist at Young Riders European Championships)

Freedom Light – competing at advanced level with Robin Walker in America


Veterinary Panel:

All horses will undergo an approved five stage vetting conducted by specialist equine Veterinary Surgeons within 48 hours prior to the sale, this is a legal requirement.

All lots in the sale will be sold with a set of digital X-rays taken by members of the Goresbridge Veterinary Panel and will be available for Veterinary Surgeons to inspect prior to sale. Please contact the sales office for details.

Viewing will also be available on site with Veterinary Surgeon Hugh Suffern MVB MRCVS, Irish Team Vet for 13 years including 3 Olympic Games, 3 World and 6 European Championships.

Details of Veterinary procedures and X-Ray views are printed in the catalogue.



  • Cooley SRS (Oliver Townend). Placed 3rd at Badminton 2018 and 11th at Burghley. Represented team GB at the European championships 2017.
  • Copper Beach (ridden by Bruce Davidson Jnr) won the Plantation Fields CIC3* 2017, CIC3* Cahatahoochee Hills 2017. Winner of four, three-star events to date. Top ten finish at Rolex CCI4*.
  • Cooley Rorkes Drift (ridden by Jonty Evans) was placed ninth individually at the Rio Olympic Games.
  • November Night (Ciaran Glynn). Completed Badminton CCI4* 2017 and 2018. Top twenty placing at Burghley 2018.
  • MBF Harley Rebel (Izzy Taylor) Winner CCI* British young horse championships Osberton 2018.
  • Gorsehill Pearl (Joseph Murphy). Placed Bramham CIC3* 2017. Seventh CCI3* Ballindenisk. Double clear Chatsworth CIC***.
  • Fernhill Full Throttle (Jenny Carss). Winner Redhills CIC2* (USA) 2018
  • Poynstown Stonehaven (Tracy Walshe). Burghley Five-Year-old Champion 2017.
  • Carlsburg (Boyd Martin). Winner CIC1* Plantation Fields 2018.
  • Prince Mayo (Paul Tapner) won the CCI3* at Tattersalls 2016.
  • Sacramento (Kylie Lyman) won the CIC3* at Jersey Fresh. Placed third in the CCI3* at Bromont.