The success of the 2013 sale has given rise to very favourable feedback from our international clientele.
We look forward to welcoming them once again in 2016.
Here’s what they had to say:
“I’m a big fan of the Goresbridge Go For Gold sale. I’ve bought and sold lots of horses through it over the years and had a lot of success with them. It builds every year, and I always look forward to it. It’s unmissable night.”
Oliver Townend. International Event Rider.
“All the horses I have ridden or come across have been good horses, without a shadow of doubt. The really good horses make a premium but there are definitely deals to be had. I have a great deal of faith in the veterinary panel. You can have sensible chats with the vets and can email the vettings and X-rays to your own vet for their verdict. I also have a lot of faith in the team – especially Sally Parkyn and Martin Donohoe. They are leaders in their field.”
JONTY EVANS. International Event Rider.
(buyer and rider of Cooley Rorkes Drift)
“The Goresbridge Go For Gold Sale has once again been a great success. The professionalism, attention to detail and hard work of the Goresbridge team and the team at Barnadown has once again given a great lift to the Irish Sport Horse Sector. Ireland is the place to come if you want to buy an eventer and I want to wish all the purchasers the best of luck with their horses.”
Joe Walsh – Horse Sport Ireland Chairman 2012.
“There was a wonderful selection of horses at the auction, and I bought a phenomenal horse at a fantastic price.
I really enjoyed the whole experience. It was fantastic to see so many quality horses all in one place – and to end up buying one at such value was a huge bonus.”
Boyd Martin. International Event Rider.
” I bought three Horses from the Go For Gold Sale for owners and have been delighted with all of them. It saved me searching the country as I Knew the expert panel would identify top quality stock. The Go For Gold Sale had superb trial facilities and was professionally run. I would highly recommend it.”
Joseph Murphy. Irish Olympic Event Team Member, London. 2012.
‘I have got two horses that have been sourced by the selectors of the Go for Gold sale, both have been prolific winners in the UK this year. We believe both are world class and will represent Ireland at Championship level. I am very grateful to the Going for Gold selectors for their hard work and insight. I wish them and the sale all the best, and thank you.’
Jonty Evans. International Event Rider.
“I have ridden plenty of good ones, but I really think this is possibly the best horse I have ever sat on. He just felt top class, and has gears to burn.”
Michael Ryan. Olympic Event Rider.
“A professionally run and marketed sale – one that we are proud to support.”
Richard Sheane – Cooley Horses International.
“I had a great experience at Goresbridge last fall. All of the staff were extremely helpful and informative, and the calibre of horses was outstanding. I have been so pleased with my horse, Ballycreen King’s Orbit, since we’ve gotten him back to the States. He has been progressing really well, and I am planning to take him to his first event in a few weeks.”
Katherine Mellis, USA event rider.
“I wish to express my sincere thanks for the very positive experience I had (as a vendor) at the Go For Gold sale last November 2012 Your entire sales and marketing team embraced all aspects of my needs in a professional and experienced manner. I felt empowered by the knowledge,advice and support afforded to me and my team by all at Goresbridge. Your team are truly inspirational and their vision and passion for what they do is palpable.” The Douglas Family.
“The best of fun – a chance to really study young Irish horses – fascinating!”
Lucinda Green – Six times Badminton winner, World Champion and Olympic medallist.
“This year was my first visit to the Go For Gold sale and I was very impressed. The fact that you can see all the horses jump and go cross-country over fantastic facilities was excellent. This coupled with being able to try them meant that I will be back this year to find another. It is also a much more enjoyable way to see 60 horses!”
Sharon Hunt, Olympic bronze medallist.
“November 3rd 2011 will always lie in my mind. Never have I seen such extraordinarily happy vendors and purchasers in a sales environment. The Goresbridge crew got it very right – this creative gamble has kick-started the Irish horse industry out of recession and into a whole new level. Hopefully in the near future the Irish horse will retain its rightful place back on the world stage.”
Donal Barnwell, breeder, producer.
“Our experience at Goresbridge Go For Gold sale was fantastic. There was a very nice selection of horses and the viewing and purchase process was very well organized and easy. We will be back next year with more clients!”
Joe Meyer, NZ Olympic Event rider.
“The Goresbridge Go For Gold Sale was an extremely worthwhile part of our horse shopping trip to Ireland. We purchased a top class horse for clients in the United States and the horse is a true International event prospect. There were some very nice horses at very good prices and I will be back again next year for more!”
Ruthie Harbison, US Horse Agent.
“We came to Goresbridge sales with an open mind in 2012 but with tremendous interest. Although we are known more for showing horses we have always been interested in all disciplines and wanted to attend the sale. Although the weather was awful, we sat watching all these talented horses doing the cross country section not noticing the slicing rain. All the horses performed well under the conditions and we were most impressed with these young horses ability. We went to the auction in the evening which was a dinner, and champagne reception. We met up with so many friends and the evening was very enjoyable and attended by a huge crowd. We got into the mood….! and bought the lovely horse Gortglass Rinarinca. A talented youngster that we felt was good enough for our show ring in England. He has had the most amazing season with us in his novice year as a Light weight hunter, we haven’t put him in any jumping classes yet as we felt we can do that another year. All the horses we saw there had great ability and we could have filled a horse box up. We hope to return this year , even if not purchasing it is a great sale to attend, watch young horses giving their all and hopefully can follow their progress in the Eventing, s/jumping , dressage and showing disciples. The whole team that run the sale are friendly and helpful, a great venue and a sale to put in your diary.”
Jill Jerram, Purchaser Gortglas Rinarinca.
“It was a pleasure to view a great variety of young Irish horses in the one location with excellent facilities at Barnadown.”
Austin O’Connor, Irish Olympic rider.
“The Go For Gold sale was a great showcase of potential event horses, and provided a good opportunity to trial and view so many nice ones in one location.”
Adrian Little, UK event rider.
“To be able to see such a lovely selection of horses in one place with super trial facilities was fantastic. I am really pleased with both my purchases, and can’t wait to start eventing them.”
Emily Philp, UK event rider.
“The Goresbridge team presented an impressive collection of smart young event horses. With their experienced team selecting some of Ireland’s finest horses, and having top class trial facilities, the Go For Gold sale is a brilliant opportunity to find a future star. I shall definitely be returningnext year in search of another top class horse.”
Tom How, UK international event rider.
“The sale was a great concept and proved to be a winning formula. It was a enjoyable couple of days, and I look forward to returning again this year.”