We’re drawing closer to the 2020 Goresbridge ‘Go for Gold’ Select Event Horse Sale, set to be held in Wexford, Ireland, on December 7 and 8. This year, the auction has added virtual bidding and a live stream in order to offset some of the restrictions necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic. If you’ve never participated in an auction and are horse shopping, why not try something a little different this year? We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite horses available in this year’s sale to whet your appetite. Each horse has its own performance page where you can view conformation photos as well as videos that preview all of the horse’s skills.
There are two 6-year-olds and one 5-year-old presented in this year’s sale; the vast majority of the horses offered are three. First up, literally, is Lot 1, also known as EPA Wildfire, a 6-year-old gelding with a little competition experience under his belt. EPA Wildfire (Carlo Bank x Clongeel Lady, by Kahtan) stands 16.3 hands and has lovely, well-established manners on the flat and over fences. You can view this lot’s page and performance videos here.
Moving on, we also have our eyes on Lot 5, a 4-year-old gelding. Kilcannon Hotshot (Colandro x Aster, by Crown Z) is a stunning gelding with a lot of natural balance and scope. He’s regally bred, slowly produced, and looks kind enough to be someone’s perfect match whether they’re a pro or an amateur. View more on Lot 5 here.
Looking now to the 3-year-olds in the Go for Gold sale, Lot 25 also caught our eye. Unsurprisingly, the late great Cruising, well-represented this year as a grandsire, features in this attractive chestnut gelding’s pedigree. Lot 25 is unnamed and is by Yeats, out of Prime Adage (by Marignan). The dam for this horse is a full Thoroughbred, giving this gelding 70% Thoroughbred blood. View more on Lot 25 here.
Next up on our wishlist is Lot 27, an unnamed dark brown gelding by Con Air, out of BP Masterpiece (by Cruising). This royally bred gelding also features Contender, the class Holsteiner stallion who is well-represented in today’s sport horse lines, on the sire side. View more on Lot 27 here.
And finally on our shopping list this week is Lot 36, a 3-year-old black filly by Wido, out of Sullane Kate (by Bonnie Prince). This lovely girl, Sullane Ava, has a full sister to Irish rider Ciaran Glynn’s CCI5* mare, November Night in her dam. This filly is all class and looks to be a top prospect for someone looking for their next special mare. View more on Lot 36 here.
These are just a few of the 66 horses available from the Goresbridge ‘Go for Gold’ Select Event Horse next month. Indeed, we could go into great depth with each and every horse on the lot, as each has been carefully bred and tactfully produced, resulting in a truly quality mix of talent suitable for any rider. Each horse has a full set of radiographs as well as a veterinary exam report available to prospective buyers. If you’re nervous at the prospect of importing a horse for the first time, fear not! This is perhaps one of the easiest ways to get a “one stop shop” experience, all from the comfort of your home.
If you’ve got your eye on any of the Go for Gold horses, you’ll want to tune in for the live stream in the days preceding the actual auction, as each horse will be ridden for the live stream in numerical order.