CAMERON and Carl Hanley’s 1.50m Grand Prix mare Nickoletta E was the star of the show tonight, selling for €460,000 at the Goresbridge Supreme Sale of Showjumpers in Barnadown.
The nine-year-old grey was bought by Neal Fearon and Michael Kearns. She has been consistently placed at 1.45m and 1.50m level at four and five-star shows in Dublin, Spain and Germany.
The mare, who is by Nintender (KWPN) out of Lady Capriola, has been produced by Cameron and Carl since she was six. Ridden by Eoin McMahon at the Dublin Horse Show in July, she was placed in the 1.50m JLT Dublin Stakes when picking up one time fault.
The second highest price of the night was paid for the current six-year-old world champion Killossery Kaiden (Lot 112) who was sold for €270,000.
Snapped up by US buyer Adrienne Dixon, Killossery Kaiden claimed the six-year-old gold medal at the WBFSH world championships in Lanaken winner. The Irish Sport Horse mount produced the only double clear of the six-year-old final for his owners John Kearney and Hugh Martin of KM Sport Horses under rider Ger O’Neill.
Ger O’Neill’s comment prior to the sale proved prophetic.
“We’ve had a lot of interest in him from all over the world,” O’Neill told The Irish Field ahead of the Goresbridge sale, speaking on behalf of KM Sport Horses. “I would not be surprised if he is sold to America.”
The gelding by is by Lux Z (HANN) out of Killossery Kruisette (ISH), by Cruising (ISH). Killossery Kruisette competed up to Nations Cup level with former Irish Army Equitation School rider Capt. David O’Brien.
Not content with just one top horse, Adrienne Dixon also paid €130,000 for Lot 119, J'Adore Flamenco. The four-year-old by Je T’Aime Flamenco out of Conafino Z (by Corofino) was the only four-year-old in the sale. A multiple winner of age classes in Britain, the grey was sold by Greg Broderick and Bill Twomey.
Dixon is currently training with Greg Broderick at Ballypatrick Stables in Thurles.
Irish-based rider Nicola FitzGibbon was the highest bidder on Kieran Kennedy’s Irish Sport Horse gelding Focus Vendi KBS (Lot 113), a six-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding who has recorded wins in age classes this season. The gelding is by Ars Vivendi out of Stay Focused by Ard VDL Douglas. Fitzgibbon paid €100,000.
The first lot to sell on the night was Lot 104, Mise Le Meas. The nine-year-old Irish Sport Horse by Cruise On out of Cissie Lass (by Presenting) had twice competed in the 1.60m Grand Prix at Millstreet. Campaigned by John Floody for Matthew Birch, he won the Autumn Grand Prix league in 2015 and competed in Lanaken as a seven-year-old.
The buyer in this case is very familiar with Irish Sport Horses, the Canadian owner Lee Kruger who keeps several horses with Greg Broderick.
One special lot up for auction at Barnadown was Lot 132, Oldtown Isle, a colt foal by Emerald van’t Ruytershof out of Oldtown Katie.
The foal was sold by Irish international show jumper Niall Talbot and Co Wicklow show jumper Peter O’Toole to raise funds for the Gavin Glynn Foundation €25,000.
The foal, who was bred by Martin and Paschal Coffey, was snapped up by Greg Broderick’s Ballypatrick Stables.
The Gavin Glynn foundation was set up by John and Jayne Glynn to help families who need to travel overseas for their children to receive cancer treatment, after they lost their four-year-old son Gavin to the illness in October 2014. In its first full year of operation, the foundation has already helped 12 families and their children travel abroad for cancer treatment.
Prior to the sale, Talbot told The Irish Field: “The Glynn family are amazing people, they are so enthusiastic and so dedicated in helping other families after what they have been through.
“Unfortunately there are an awful lot of us that have been affected by the illness and we want to give something back to these amazing people.”
Another client of Greg Broderick’s, Molly Tracy, set the room alight with her winning bid of €64,000 for the first three-year-old to be auctioned, Jason Higgins’ I'm Special LVS Z (Lot 120).
The Californian also bought Lot 126, CSF Sir George, a gelding by Sir Shutterfly out of Norrira (Cavalier Royale), for which she paid €42,000.
A notable lot that went unsold on the night was Lot 117, ESI Toulouse, the five-year-old by SIEC Livello out of Catina (Quasimodo Vd Molendreef). The bay was bid up to €90,000 but ultimately did not change hands at auction.
Meanwhile the final lot of the night, an embryo by Cornet Obolensky out of the 1.60m show jumper Gowran Park, sold for €14,500.
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Note: All results above are provisional and subject to confirmation by Goresbridge Horse Sales.