An eventing horse auction that was forced online because of Ireland’s strict pandemic mitigation levels and 6-week lockdown has posted its best results to date.
The top-selling horse at The Monart Sale was three-year-old gelding Kilbunny Blue Bird, who sold for €29,000 ($NZ50,000; $US34,000). The son of Kilbunny Blue owned by Richie O’Hara attracted great interest from buyers from Britain and Germany, but was knocked down to British-based company Awarded2U Ltd.
The 2020 Monart Sale sale was scheduled to take place at Monart Equestrian, Enniscorthy, from November 2 to 4, but with lockdown in Ireland in place until December 1, the sale moved online. Running the sale in this format was a move to the unknown for the Monart team, but such was the success of the concept that some aspects will remain for future sales, organisers say.
Monart is Ireland’s only elite horse sale, with horses selected by a panel of 5* riders, Polly Jackson (GB), Sale Director Niall Griffin (IRL) and Bill Levett (AUS), and vetted by Olympic team vet Marcus Swail. With a clearance rate expected to exceed 80% and average prices rising from €11,000 in previous years to €13,000 in 2020, the sale received support from top-level riders from across the world.
“We’re thrilled that it worked and how every aspect played out,” said Griffin, an Olympic eventer. “The sale exceeded all of our expectations.”
North American buyers again had a strong presence at Monart, with 10 young horses selling to the US and Canada this year, including two grey three-year-olds to US veterinarian and eventing rider Katie Malensek. She went to €26,000 for the final lot, Mei-Fleure, a KWPN-bred gelding by Chapeau TN and from ISIS Fleure, sold by Henry Foley; and €20,500 for MRF Qwikstep, a son of Metropole (KWPN) from the thoroughbred mare Silver Comet. He was sold by Mike Comerford.
Among the higher-priced lots was Monbeg Imperator (Emperor Augustus x OBOS Nancy Boone), sold by Tomas Doyle to British company Roundel Mfg Ltd for €25,000. Another was Rathnageera Leo, a three-year-old gelding by Quantino (Hol) from the thoroughbred mare Lord Luso. He was sold by Frank Casey to an anonymous buyer for €21,000.
Other notable sales included a three-year-old gelding by Cavalier Land, who was sold to double Olympic Champion and Rolex Grand Slam winner Michael Jung by Rosalinda Devereux for €17,500. Cavalier Land (Cavalier Royale [Hol] x Miss Highland [ISH]) is the sire of 4* eventing horse Cooleylands. Jung bought another horse after the sale, a three-year-old named Bouncer, from Killeen House Stud. The three-quarter thoroughbred is from the Irish Sport Horse mare Abbie Lady and by the thoroughbred Denounce.
Olympic silver medallist and World Gold Medallist Nicola Wilson went to €15,000 to secure Gortglas Lupin, a son of showjumper Luidam (KWPN) and from the Master Imp mare Gortglas Skye (ISH), from Sian Ball.
Irish Olympic couple Trish and Michael Ryan bought two three-year-olds; a gelding by Nazar (TB) and from Slygyff Beth for €13,000 from Barbara Hatton, and a gelding by Island Commander from the ISH mare Jockeyhall, for €12,000 from Myles Somers.
Sales selector and 5* rider Bill Levett said the success of the sale was a “real stamp of approval”.
“Riders want to try and find a good horse and to have these upper-level riders keep coming back, it gives us a lot of confidence that we’re on the right track and we’re providing them with the sort of horses they want to buy. Because, if we weren’t, they wouldn’t keep coming back.”
Full sale results:
|3||Tommy Considine||Vicki Irlam||GB||€16,500.00|
|5||Myles Somers||Jodie Amos||GB||€17,500.00|
|6||JJ Bowe||Ruth Honey||GB||€10,000.00|
|7||Henry Foley||S&M Eventing||GB||€12,500.00|
|8||Rosalinda Devereux||M Jung||DE||€17,500.00|
|9||Tomas Doyle||Benjamin King||GB||€13,000.00|
|10||Ruairi Brennan||Alison Gardner||GB||€15,500.00|
|11||Brian Flynn||Charlotte Agnew||GB||€16,500.00|
|12||Shay Leacy||Phillip Martin||GB||€14,500.00|
|16||Catriona Redmond||Geoffrey Nichols||US||€23,500.00|
|17||Mary Bolger||Katie Dumas||GB||€12,500.00|
|20||Ann Cash||Georgia Davies||GB||€9,000.00|
|21||Mike Comerford||Katie Malensek||US||€20,500.00|
|23||Linda Murphy||Manuel Senra Chover||ES||€13,500.00|
|25||Yana Verling||Antonio Rusticoni||IT||€6,000.00|
|26||Emma Redmond||J Turner||GB||€10,000.00|
|27||Hans Kuehnle||Peter Felton||GB||€17,000.00|
|31||Julie Radden||Fioruzzi Sport Horses S.R.L||IT||€6,500.00|
|32||Barbara Hatton||Trish Ryan||IE||€13,000.00|
|34||Raymond Mc Chesney||S. King||US||€12,000.00|
|37||Sean Donohoe||Becky Pallas||GB||€8,000.00|
|39||Tomas Doyle||Roundel Mfg Ltd||GB||€25,000.00|
|40||Trade Horse Ltd||Hayley Tolson||GB||€12,000.00|
|43||Albert McDonald||Oxstone Eventing||GB||€10,500.00|
|44||Brian Flynn||Kai-Steffen Meier||BE||€13,000.00|
|48||John Murphy||Kianna Luscher||US||€16,000.00|
|51||Barbara Hatton||D. Clasing||US||€7,000.00|
|52||Tomas Doyle||Gwen Emmerson||GB||€15,500.00|
|58||Richie O’Hara||Awarded2U Ltd||GB||€29,000.00|
|60||Tom Casey||D. Clasing||US||€10,500.00|
|61||Ann Cash||Andrea Morris||GB||€12,500.00|
|62||Brian Flynn||Anna Warnecke||GB||€12,500.00|
|63||Myles Somers||Trish Ryan||IE||€12,000.00|
|66||Eleanor Dalton||Charlie Clover||GB||€8,500.00|
|67||Ado Moran||Harry Horton||UK||€6,500.00|
|68||Trade Horse Ltd||Evan Brewer||US||€16,000.00|
|69||Donal Buckley||Karen Centauro||GB||€11,500.00|
|70||Ciaran Moran||Karl Slezak||CAN||€10,500.00|
|71||Henry Foley||Mestern Eventing||DE||€11,500.00|
|72||JJ Bowe||Stal Pen-Aubert||NL||€7,000.00|
|73||Sian Ball||Alastair Wilson||GB||€15,000.00|
|74||Niall O Doherty||Richard Webb||GB||€12,000.00|
|75||Anthony O Regan||Vet And Care For Horses||CZ||€11,000.00|
|76||Tomas Doyle||Josh Levett||UK||€11,500.00|
|78||Peadar Carter||Laurence Hunt||GB||€6,500.00|
|79||JJ Bowe||Stal Pen-Aubert||NL||€7,500.00|
|80||Henry Foley||Sarah Hughes||US||€11,000.00|
|81||Mary Kehoe||Layfield Renewable Ltd||GB||€18,500.00|
|82||Tommy Considine||Laura Hanson||GB||€11,000.00|
|83||Damian Kelleher||Maurice Cousins||IRL||€11,500.00|
|84||Brian Flynn||Laurence Hunt||GB||€13,000.00|
|87||Henry Foley||Matt Stanford||UK||€14,500.00|
|88||JJ Bowe||Danielle Magner||IE||€8,000.00|
|89||Rachael Heald||Robert Sirch||DE||€10,000.00|
|90||Henry Foley||Nicky Roncoroni||GB||€11,000.00|
|91||Tomas Doyle||Jack Pinkney||GB||€21,500.00|
|92||Mike Comerford||Alison King||GB||€7,500.00|
|93||RODNEY Gault||Rebecca Herbert||GB||€8,500.00|
|94||Barbara Hatton||Hans j Kuehnle||IE||€14,000.00|
|95||Myles Somers||Sian Hoskin||GB||€18,500.00|
|97||Frank Casey||Ben Spraggon||GB||€13,500.00|
|99||Brian Flynn||The Yard House||GB||€7,000.00|
|100||JJ Bowe||F. Swanton||GB||€8,000.00|
|101||Henry Foley||Katie Malensek||US||€26,000.00|