Irish rider celebrates Olympic nod by auctioning foal for charity

The foal being auctioned at Bolesworth is by MHS Going Global's sire Quidam Junior and out of his half-sister Ballypatrick Flight.
The foal being auctioned at Bolesworth is by MHS Going Global’s sire Quidam Junior and out of his half-sister Ballypatrick Flight.

A foal bred by Olympic-nominated show jumper Greg Broderick is to be auctioned for charity to celebrate his Rio selection.

All proceeds from the auction of the foal, closely related to his Rio mount MHS Going Global, will go to The Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation and Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, in Crumlin

The colt foal is out of Broderick’s Ballypatrick Flight, who is a half-sister to MHS Going Global. The foal is by Quidam Junior, sire of MHS Going Global.

It is hoped the Irish Sport Horse youngster could raise €30,000 or more for the charities, at the auction for elite youngstock  during Bolesworth CSI4*  in Cheshire, England.

The auction of 15 lots takes place on Friday night, June 17.

Broderick’s bay colt is out of Ballypatrick Flight, a 2002 mare bred by the late Mrs Ita Brennan in Co Kilkenny and a national champion as a seven-year-old.

The foal is by Quidam Junior, whose son MHS Going Global was on the winning Aga Khan Nations Cup team at Dublin 2015 and has just been named as Ireland’s sole show jumper to compete at Rio 2016.

The foal’s half-brother, a bay colt by Elvis Ter Putte, was sold at the Irish Breeders Classic/Goresbridge Select Sale of Show Jumpers in Barnadown last year for the top price of €22,000.

Later named BP Limitless, the Elvis Ter Putte foal was bought by agent Ronnie Kelly on behalf of Tipperary international show jumper Shane Breen.

Before the auction, members of the public will be given the chance to enter a competition to name the foal via social media. Competition details can be found on the Bolesworth, Harthill and Greg’s Ballypatrick Stables Facebook pages, with the winner decided on Wednesday.

Greg said: “The foal is a three-quarter brother to one of the best horses in the world at the moment and is fantastically well bred. The mother of the foal was seven-year-old national showjumping champion in Ireland.

“I think the auction at Bolesworth is a great idea – there is no better place to showcase such talent – and the charities are such worthy causes.”

Greg Broderick with the Quidam Junior - Ballypatrick Flight colt.
Greg Broderick with the Quidam Junior – Ballypatrick Flight colt.

Founded by Jonathan Irwin, the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation provides direct funding to families of children with brain damage up to the age of four who suffer severe intellectual and physical developmental delay, enabling them to purchase home respite care. It also provides end of life care to all children up to the age of four.

Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin in Dublin is Ireland’s largest paediatric hospital and has been caring for Ireland’s sick children since 1956. It has almost 1200 staff and 243 beds, all dedicated to the care of children.

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